If I completed this post and got it up in time, then ramadan will be tomorrow! (or today, depending on when you’re going to read this) After being thrown into chaos since the past month, this time of the year will heal me, spiritually and religiously.
Straight away, the purpose of this is not just to pour my excitement but also to talk about ramadan. For the past years, I’ve written Ramadan related post and added a brief explanation about it but I’ve never dived into it. I feel a responsibility to speak more of it because it’s a huge part of my religion and life. I hope you enjoy this post and probably get an idea about how I’m going to spend the coming 30 days!
First Off, What Is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic (lunar) calendar and the most sacred one. During this month, muslims are required to elevate their level of spiritual and physical submission to Allah (God Almighty) through fasting. Fasting includes abstaining from eating and drinking, smoking, sexual interaction, all forms of immoral behaviors and impure thoughts. Muslims fast everyday, from the breaking of dawn to the setting of the sun.
In short, during Ramadan, Muslims should practice self restraint. Ramadan can be seen as a chance for Muslims to be forgiven and get closer to Allah. On the other hand, the act of fasting also erases our past sins but at the same time, it helps us to practice good habits and intentions. As mentioned above, fasting includes abstaining from immoral behaviors and impure thoughts. In this way, we are allowed to do only good and take up the best habits that stay with us for the long run.
Some Concepts & Activities
Before fasting, we eat a meal called suhoor (or sehri) before dawn. We are supposed to stop eating after the breaking of dawn or before our first prayer of the day, Fajr (Muslims pray five main prayers a day)
After sunset, we break our fast with a meal called Iftar. We break our fast by eating 3 or more pieces of dates and a cup of water or milk after it, then we proceed to the main dishes.
After iftar, it will be time for our last prayer of the day, Isha. It’s only during Ramadan, that we pray an additional prayer after the last prayer and that is Taraweeh— which is preferablely performed at the mosque (the worshipping place for muslims).
During the last ten days of this holy month, we perform another additional prayer called Qiyam Al Layl, translated as stand/prayer at night. This is performed at 2-3 in the morning, that is before suhoor time. The last ten days of Ramadan is the most blessed days of the month.
Laylat Al Qadr, literally translated as Night of Value, is observed during one of the odd-numbered nights of the last ten days. During Laylat Al Qadr, Allah’s forgiveness is poured on us and our supplications are accepted. In these days, muslims spend more time reading Quran (muslim’s holy book), praying and seeking forgiveness.
Ramadan Kareem to all my muslim brothers and sisters ✨ The first day of Ramadan is normally hard because I’m usually not physically prepared for fasting but I hope everyone will have a great day tomorrow!!! (or the day after)
Till next time.. See ya!!