Dekho Chaand aya… Chand Nazar aya…
Everyone around is waiting to listen to these lines and gorge on that amazing food prepared with heart and soul. The month of Ramadan is coming to an end. The long one month fasting is coming to an end. Houses are bustling with preparations for Eid. New clothes, delicious food, invitation to friends and family…oh so much of work.
Amidst all this, let us take a while and know about why exactly do we celebrate the month of Ramadan and what is to be done.
The month of Ramdan is the ninth month in the Islamic Calendar and is observed by Muslims worldwide as the month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
Chapter 2, Verse 185, of the Quran states:
“The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, a number of other days. Allah desires for you ease; He desires not hardship for you; and that you should complete the period, and that you should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that perhaps you may be thankful.”
The Quran was first revealed to Muhammad during the month of Ramadan and is therefore considered to be the Holiest. Fasting is Fardh that is obligatory for all except the sick, old, traveling, pregnant, breast feeding, diabetic and the one going through menstrual cycle. According to them Allah wants you to be healthy and not suffer.
Fasting is not the only way to praise Allah, but one should abstain from drinking, smoking, engaging into sexual acts, abusing, backbiting and everything that is violent or evil. Fasting for Muslims during Ramadan typically includes the increased offering of salat (prayers) and recitation of the Quran.
So this Eid, let us all take a moment to actually realize the depth of the month of Ramadan and then feast together. Let us spread love and happiness around.