Ramazan and its importance in Islam

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The month of Ramadan is a period of fasting, sacrifice, giving, piousness and self-training with the hope that these qualities will extend beyond this month and stay with us throughout the year. We muslims not only prohibt ourself from food and water but also in the Holy month of Ramadan we recharge our Imaan (faith) for the entire year.
The greatest benefits of Ramadan are the spiritual ones. Ramadan, strengthens our connection with Allah.  There is a gate in Paradise called Ar-Raiyan, and those who observe fasts will enter through it on the Day of Resurrection and none except them will enter through it. It will be said, ‘Where are those who used to observe fasts?’ They will get up, and none except them will enter through it. After their entry the gate will be closed and nobody will enter through it (Sahih Bukhari)

Reading Quran is more effective in Ramadan because as we fast, we strengthen our connection with Allah. It allows us to better internalise the teachings of the Quran and align our behavior to these teachings. The fast and the Qur’an are two intercessors for the servant of Allah on the Day of Resurrection. The fast will say: ‘O Lord, I prevented him from his food and desires during the day. Let me intercede for him.’ The Qur’an will say: ‘I prevented him from sleeping at night. Let me intercede for him.’ And their intercession will be accepted (Masnad Ahmed, Bayhqi, Allama Albani classified it as Sahih)

In ramazan in addition to your Zakaat and fitrana you should find a way every day to give extra charity. The possibilities of charity are limitless be it is,  feeding a hungry child or family; giving away some of your clothes to needy people or even helping an elderly person to cross the road. Prophet Muhammad SAW, has said that even a smile is charity. These  little things would add up and would be a great source of your blessings in ramazan.
Fasting is reffered to as a “Month of Patience”. It teaches us patience.So have patience those who can control their desire of hunger can control their all other desires be it anger, happiness, showoff etc
We know that Allah has no need for us to leave off eating and drinking in any case,  fasting has been recommended because Allah needs us  to assist us in restraining ourselves from false words and evil deeds. As Prophet SAW said, “Whoever does not give up false statements (i.e. telling lies), and evil deeds, and speaking bad words to others, Allah is not in need of his (fasting) leaving his food and drink.”(Sahih Bukhari)
So it is our responsibility not only  to keep fast but also not to do things which are prohibited in Islam and make it the routine of whole year not merely 30 or 29 days of ramazan. May Allah grant all our prayers and forgive us in this holy month.

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