It should be understood clearly in a simple and easy way, we call claim of having wide knowledge of our religion but all fail to understand what our religion expects from us to practice.
As the point of keeping things simple makes it easy for explaining more about religion and what would I like to focus in on in the holy month of Ramadan is a content of worship known as ITIKAF, which is preformed by staying and remembering Allah while remaining in a Mosque.
The views of a person performing ITIKAF is often concluded as that he has been involved in the greatest act offering Salat (praying) and achieving the reward 27 times more than normally while praying with peace of mind and devotion. While if we compare this with a person who is not performing this act ITIKAF. He would not be able to pray in full attention and concentrations as he has to rush back to his business or so this causes distraction in a continuous and long connect with Allah and hence doesn’t allow him to achieve any reward which he can.
Thus, ITIKAF is an act which helps a person to devote himself solely towards Allah Almighty. While trying to create a relationship that can lead to forgiveness and blessing from Allah Almighty. Following is an verse of the Holy Quran explaining the importance of ITIKAF.
“Successful indeed are the believers. Those who offer their salat (prayers) with all solemnity and full submissiveness. And those who turn away from Al-Laghw (dirty, false, evil vain talk, falsehood, and all that Allah has forbidden” (Surah 23)
Islam is a name of preservation of life which is keeping your self with in the boundary of Quran. There fore for this purpose it is compulsory for mankind to know what are the boundary walls of Quran. Ramzan is month which is a specific instrument for measuring self control while keeping your self with in the limits prescribed in the Holy Book the Quran. The benefit of fasting for a person in Ramzan is that it helps to build up such character that make it possible for them for achieving higher goals given by Allah Almighty. While after this month long exercise of fasting finally finishes Allah has given a reward to his followers to celebrate a day known as Eid.
It is common thing known that people belonging to every tribe, race or religion celebrate festivals of one sort or the other. But what’s different in Muslims is that they celebrate this festival worldwide on a single day depending upon the sighting of the moon of 1st Shiwal. Eid ul Fitr is in deed one of the sacred annual celebrations of the Quran’s revelation. This festival of Eid is a memorial of the living and lasting revelation the Quran. Islam is a religion which is a name of obedience and laws that have to be obeyed not by compulsion but by respect and the core of the heart.
Muslims form all over the globe fast in the holy month of Ramzan. Fasting is an entertainment as well as worship preformed by Muslims. During Ramzan when a person fasts he abstains him self form food and drinks. One wonders what type of entertainment is this without eating or drinking? Well this cant in any way match the modern concepts on entertainment of todays. But Muslim’s regardless of all ages whether adults or children’s, men or women all like to fast in this holy month and try to do as much of good deeds as possible in order to get forgiveness and making a promise to Allah that they would never committed the mistakes they did in the past.
There are many different types of fasting in different religions, like water only fasting, sugar free fasting, all fruit fasting, all meat fasting etc, these type of fasting is just restricted to a particular group of people. But the fasting in Islam is completely different, in Islam muslims from all over the community worldwide participate in this activity abstaining them selves for any type of foods and drinks from dawn to dusk during the whole month of Ramzan.
Some Quotes of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) signifying the importance of the month of Ramzan are as follows:
“If one does not abandon falsehood in words and deeds, Allah has no need for his abandoning of food and drink.” (Swahihul Bukhari-1770)
“Whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan, with due belief and seeking the pleasure of Allah, his past errors will be forgiven”– (Swaheehul Bukhari- 1768)
Fasting in the month of Ramzan is more of a training that the believer can act morally by fearing Allah. During Ramadan many mosques get transformed into Islamic learning centers for Quran , Hadith and other religious matters.
Fasting in the month of Ramzan reflects spirits of unity through out the Muslim community worldwide. While a person being rich or poor, or belonging to what so ever social background experiences the same abstinences form food and water so in short Islam is a region that teaches the lesson of Equality and helps eliminating the concept of inferiority complex.