Ramadan: A Time Of Piety And Self-Reflection

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Fasting For Faith, Fasting For Blessings

Every year, Muslims around the world eagerly anticipate the sighting of the new crescent moon that marks the official beginning of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, with deep spiritual significance. It holds immense importance for believers.

The name “Ramadan” stems from the Arabic root “ar-ramad,” which means scorching heat. But beyond its etymology lies a profound spiritual connection. Muslims believe that in A.D. 610, the angel Gabriel appeared to Prophet Muhammad and revealed to him the Quran, the holy book of Islam. This momentous event, known as Laylat Al Qadar or the “Night of Power,” is believed to have occurred during Ramadan. As a way to commemorate this divine revelation, Muslims fast during this month.

Ramadan’s start varies annually due to the lunar Islamic calendar. The new crescent moon signals its commencement. A moon sighting committee in Saudi Arabia diligently scans the sky for this fleeting celestial marker. If weather conditions hinder the sighting, precise lunar calculations come into play. This year, Ramadan is expected to begin on 10th March and culminate with Eid al-Fitr celebrations on 9th April.

During this holy period, Muslims engage in various practices to grow spiritually and strengthen their relationship with Allah:

Fasting From dawn until sunset by abstaining from food, drink, and other physical needs. Fasting serves as a shield, encouraging self-discipline and mindfulness. They also intensify their prayers and recite the Quran; The holy book, consisting of 114 chapters, that is believed to be the direct words of God. Additionally, acts of kindness, charity, and compassion take center stage as they strive to be intentional and selfless in their actions. They too avoid gossip, lying, conflict and fighting.

Ramadan transcends mere physical abstinence; it’s a profound spiritual journey. As the sun sets, families gather for the Iftar meal, breaking their fast together. The nights are filled with communal prayers, seeking forgiveness, and reflecting on life’s purpose.

At the end of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr, a joyous festival. It marks the conclusion of fasting and becomes a time for feasting, giving gifts, and expressing gratitude. Families don their finest attire, visit mosques, and share meals with loved ones.

It is a season of devotion, self-reflection, and community. As the crescent moon graces the sky, millions turn their hearts toward Allah, seeking blessings and renewal.

Message from the CEO

“To all Our Muslim Brothers and Sisters, May this blessed month of Ramadan illuminate your heart, strengthen your faith, and bring you closer to Allah. As you fast, pray, and reflect, may your soul find tranquility in the quiet moments of devotion. Let kindness be your compass, forgiveness your armor, and gratitude your song. Ramadan Mubarak.”

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