Holy month of ramadan: sunrise to sunset

Holy month of ramadan: sunrise to sunsetDuring the Holy month of Ramadan, something special happens. The adhān and the ritual of prayer is a common sight here in the capital; with residents, both non-Muslim and Muslim alike, awoken to the start of each day refreshed by this spiritual supplication.

The adhān (Arabic: أَذَان‎ ), or azan (as pronounced in Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and Turkey), is the Islamic call to prayer, recited by the muezzin at prescribed times of the day.

The muezzin is the most notable person in the mosque; he is chosen for his talent and ability in reciting the adhan beautifully, melodiously and loudly for all Muslims to hear. He is the one who leads the scheduled times of prayer in the mosque.

A month like no other, ramadan is of special significance to Muslims, not only because of the prescribed fasting from sunrise to sunset. It is a time of renewal, reflection and spiritual purification – both inside and out. They all fast from eating and drinking, but the real challenge is fasting from lying, being deceitful, getting angry, being disrespectful, and other bad character traits some of them may have.

The Quran has even more of an important significance in the month of Ramadan, the month of fasting.

Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah will receive a hasanah (good deed) from it (i.e. his recitation), and the hasanah is multiplied by ten. I do not say that Alif-Laam-Meem is (considered as) a letter, rather Alif is a letter, Laam is a letter, and Meem is a letter.

[At-Tirmidhi, Ad-Darimi]

The word ‘Quran’ in Arabic comes from the root word ‘qa ra a’. And it means: “recitation”

It literally means ‘recitation’ or ‘proclamation’.

The Quran is the literal Speech of Almighty God to His arch angel Gabriel who then recited the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him). This occurred over a period of twenty three years.

Muslims are encouraged to read the Qur’an regularly and even more so in the holy month of Ramadan.

Ramadan is a special time of year — a time when Muslims around the world take a step back from their daily routines and focus on community, fasting, and prayer. But also on the charity. All around the world, and even in your own backyard, there are people who are suffering from illness, hunger, or desperation. It doesn’t have to be money… Perhaps you can go through your closets and donate quality used clothing. Or spend some volunteer hours helping a local community organization

Those who spend their wealth by night and day, in secret and in public, shall have their reward with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve

[Qur’an 2:274]

By no means shall you attain righteousness unless you give freely from that which you love. And whatever you give, Allah knows it well

[Qur’an 3:92]

Ramadan is a community-bonding experience. Join with others, meet new people, and spend time with loved ones whom you haven’t seen in a while. There is great benefit and mercy in spending your time visiting relatives, the elderly, the sick, and the lonely, a new Muslim who is fasting for the first time.
Holy month of ramadan: sunrise to sunset

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