The month of Ramadan affects the spiritual psyche of the Muslims full circle. It’s time the Muslims uphold their faith to Allah and seek spiritual nourishment from Him. Just like the Prophet Mohammed received the Quran’s jurisdiction on behalf of all devotees, it’s the same way maintaining the custom to honour the act continues the legacy of paying tribute to the same laws that define our existence. Ramadan doesn’t have to be dull and boring. It’s a time of rejuvenation and rebirth. Make a point to share the best moments with family and colleagues by sending these moving and inspirational Ramadan quotes.
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the time in the Islamic timetable that Muslims from all walks of life commemorate the initial revelation of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad in 610 CE, which according to Islam,.it falls on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. A whole month of fasting characterizes the holy month. The event is one of the Islam’s Five Pillars of Islam. The visual sighting of the crescent moon heralds the beginning of the month-long annual observance.
The revelations were through Archangel Gabriel, who revealed to Prophet Mohammed the religious doctrine that makes up the large volume of Quran. The historical event is said to have occurred in a cave on the mountain Jabal an-Nour, close to Mecca. The word Ramadan means scorching heat or dryness in Arabic terms.
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It was during the month of Ramadan that revelation of the scriptures to Prophet Mohammed occurred. The initial first revelation was handed down during the Laylat al-Qadr, (The night of Power). The night of power is the five odd nights of the final ten days of Ramadan.
Fasting is ideally essential to all Muslims during the Ramadan. The fasting breaks at sunset and Muslims can partake a meal. A dawn meal is also necessary before one begins the days fast. Believers have faith that Spiritual benefits (thawab) accrued from the fasting are prevalent during the holy month of Ramadan. Intensified moments of prayers (salat), recitation of the Quran and acts of charity are distinctive acts that are unique during Ramadan
The Quran and Hadith compel all Muslims to avoid taking any food, and drinks including other unpleasant activities from dawn to dusk. The purpose of denying one the luxury of all this is to trigger concentration of the mind and soul towards prayers, spiritual progress, and purity of conscience.
Moon sighting is a requisite for Ramadan to be claimed to have started. This is still a controversy in many Muslim factions. The correct sighting has been a bone of contention for many years. The Quran states that the sighting of the moon with the naked eyes is critical. The Crescent Moon (Al-Hilal) that marks the first day of the Ramadan. The Arabic word is loosely translated by some scholars who have always argued that it means “the sighted Moon.”. Some countries are increasingly utilizing the precision and reliability of modern astronomical in determining the onset of the moon. This type of scientific sighting gives somewhat credible information that could go a long way in streamlining the celebration of the Ramadan.
Apart from, the crescent moon is a hallmark of Ramadan. Its symbol has become a vital emblem so crucial to the Muslim Ummah. The use of the crescent moon symbol cuts across all avenues including flags and cards. Unfortunately, since it's used sparingly to symbolize everything ‘Islamic,’ Some Muslim fear that the value held therein is being diminished.
The Ramadan is an annual celebration occasionally held by approximately 1.84 billion Muslims who are adherents of the Islam faith.
After the holy month is over, it heralds Eid ul Fitr. Eid is an Islamic festival to celebrate final holy month plus the end of the fasting period. Eid commences once the new moon is sighted. Again this one is one of the significant events in the Islamic calendar. While it does mark the conclusion of Ramadan, it projects the happiness and jolly after a month of spiritual impulse. During Eid Muslims will adorn fabulous clothes, aggressively engage in almsgiving to the poor, sharing quality time with fellow faithful and importantly share a meal they had jealously denied themselves.
Ramadan is a highly a spiritually and physically tasking observation which gets a considerable toll on everyone who fasts. The proclamation of the conclusion of the fasting month triggers a sense of disconnect. A Faithfull has to stare in sadness the just ended Ramadan with just a hope that the next year’s Ramadan will come soon. Eid is typically seen to bring a new beginning, while the crescent moon takes with it the disappointment and frustration of one’s desires.
The new moon appears at the end of Ramadan and signals the start of Eid-al-Fitr, which happens to be the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. Consequently, Kenya has designated Eid al-Fitr is a national holiday in Kenya.
Many Muslims believe that the Night of Power is an ultimate source blessing and Allah mercies. Allah is said to forgive faithful, and accept their supplications. The angels who prevail amongst the believers during the holy month are believed to have in possession the annual verdict.
These are the summarized religious practices every Muslim is expected to abide to. Some may not be mandatory.
The Sawm kicks off at dawn and winds-up at sunset. Apart from withdrawing their food intake, the Muslims refrain from sexual activities, drinking liquids, smoking, or any business deemed not concurrent with the expectation of the holy month like lying, insulting or cursing. Fighting is not allowed unless its grounds is for self-defence purposes. The noble act of fasting lures one's heart away from worldly goings-on. Withdraw from eating or drinking also cleanse the soul by riding it of toxic impurities. Pregnant women or those breastfeeding, travellers and the sick, are exempted from fasting. Young kids are not obliged obligate to fast up until they reach puberty.
Suhur (Pre-Dawn Meal)
This is a meal taken very early in the morning just before the fasting. Muslims are encouraged to eat suhoor because it carries abundant goodness and blessing, both in physical and spiritual. The best Sahur diet is that rich in protein, fats, fibre and whole grain. A Meal of meats, whole wheat, grains, cheese or eggs is preferred since it takes an extended time to digest.
Iftar (daily fast-breaking meal)
The Iftar is the meal consumed during Ramadan at the close of the day to break the fast. The meal is consumed at sundown every day of the Ramadan. The Muslims socially take the meal by involving family and friends. It is not unusual to find Muslims hosting each other for a feast or inviting the less fortunate for a ceremonial dinner.
Sadaqah is an act of generous benevolence. The action is a reflection of Muslim’s kindness, religious obligation, and compassion. Muslims are obligated to be philanthropic on a regular basis. The charity efforts can be in the form of Zakat (mandatory) or Sadaqa( voluntary) and expected to be relevant beyond the religious commitment. Charity is a great deal during Ramadan. However, you don’t have to be a Muslim to give.
Special Evening Prayers (Taraweeh)
The word taraweh means to “rest and relax” in Arabic dialect. The recitation of the Quran happens alongside the special evening prayers. The scriptures of Hadith denotes that prophet Mohammed led his devotees in subsequent evening prayer on the Ramadan night of 25th, 27th, and 29th.
Reading and reciting the Qur'an
Muslims are encouraged to read the entire Quran, at a span of the holy month. During the moment the reciting of the Quran is done, voluntary prayers are held within the mosques every night of the Ramadan.
Impress your Muslim colleagues and friends or wave at a stranger and drop these (reasonably) easy to use phrases during Ramadan.
- Ramadan Mubarak - “have a blessed Ramadan.”
- Ramadan Kareem - Happy/generous Ramadan
- Iftar shahy - Have a good iftar
- Mubarak aleik al shahr -May you get the blessings of the month
- I wish you and your family, Ramadan Mubarak. May Allah gives us the strength to fulfil the needs of this month.
- On this holy month (Ramadan), I wish you and your family 4 weeks of blessings, 30 days of compassion and 720 hours of enlightenment. Ramadan Mubarak
- May Allah bless you and protect you from all sins. May peace, joy, and hope be filled in your house. Have a blessed Ramadan.
- May Allah brings countless moments of happiness and joy in your life. Happy Ramadan!
- Whenever you feel alone and sad, remember that God is with you. He will never leave you alone and guide you. Ramadan Mubarak.
- God has once again brought Ramadan in our lives, and we must take this opportunity to do lots of ASTAGHFAR. May God forgives us for all our sins.
- I wish you and your family from deeps of my hearts a pleased Ramadan. Always remember me in your prayers.
- May Allah bring great happiness and blessings in your lives. Ramadan Mubarak.
- Allah forgive us for all our sins and take us in your blessings and happiness. We are very weak, give us the strength to fight against our sins.
- I wish you and your family protection and blessings from Allah Almighty. He is the only savior. Ramadan Mubarak.
- May this Ramadan be successful for all of us and provide us with good health and wealth
- May Allah fills our heart with courage and makes our way closer to the victory. May Allah be always with you.
- I wish you and your family to be able to do good deeds this Ramadan. O Allah forgive us for all our sins.
- As we celebrate the holy month of Ramadan, I wish that happiness and joy find you and fill your house. Ramadan Mubarak!
- May Allah gives us the strength to start this Ramadan positively. Happy Ramadan!
- Do Promise that this Ramadan we will try to get rid of all our bad habits. O Allah forgive us for all our previous sins.
- I wish you and your family countless blessings of Allah Almighty this Ramadan
- May this Ramadan be the best one yet.
- Ramadan Kareem
- It’s probably the most common Ramadan wish. The word ‘Kareem’ means ‘generous.’ In that case, Ramadan Kareem would imply ‘Wish you a generous Ramadan.’
Ramadan quotes from Quran
Check out these fantastic quotes about Ramadan that you can’t miss to send to your friends and family.
- Ramadan is like a rare flower that blossoms once a year, and just as you begin to smell its fragrance, it disappears for another year.
- Ramadan is like the rain. It nourishes the seeds of good deeds.
- Preparing for Ramadan but for many of us, the Quran has gathered a lot of dust since the last time we picked it up. As Ramadan is fast approaching, we must blow off the dust and start to build a close relationship with the Quran.
- Allah, allow us to witness Ramadan, benefit from it, use it to earn your mercy, and emancipation from the fire.
- Let’s forget our bad habits and start Praying to Allah.
- Don’t give up on your dua. You don’t know where the response will come from or how many evils were averted from your path or how much your scale of deeds increased in weight due to that one supplication-Imam Suleiman Hani.
- You who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may attain taqwa.
- The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are closed, and the devils are chained.
- Taqwa is the ultimate goal of our Ramadan preparations, to be among the righteous for now and forever!
- Allah never expects us to be perfect during Ramadan, but he expects us to keep on trying.
- The mercy of Ramadan is open for us, to ask, beseech, and beg Him for health and wellness and also to ask for mercy and guidance for all our loved ones.
- As the Qur’an is recited during the Ramadan season, I pray that our hearts and minds agree with what we read and practice it in our lives. It’s the doing that counts, not the just mere utterance. Ramadan Kareem!
- Allah says about the fasting person. “He has left his food, Drink, and desires for my sake, The fast is for me, So I will reward (The fasting person) for it, and the reward of good deeds is multiplied ten times” (Sahih Al Bukhari 1894)
- 4 Weeks of mercy, 30 days of worship, 720 hours of Spirituality. 43,200 Minutes of Forgiveness, 2592000 Seconds of Happiness. Ramadan Kareem Mubarak.
- Ramadan Strengthen, your Imaan, heal your heart.
- Supplicate “three prayers are not rejected -the prayers of a father, the prayers of a fasting person, and the prayers of a traveller.” (Narrated by Al-Baihaqi)
- Don’t be a servant of Ramadan be a servant of ALLAH be consistent.
- The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) Said When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of heaven are Opened, and the gates of hell are closed, and the devils are chained – Saheeh Al-bukhari.
- Supplicate. Three prayers are not rejected: the prayer of a father, the prayer of a fasting person, and the prayer of a traveler.
- Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “He who gives iftar to another fasting person shall earn reward equivalent to a fasting man without detracting from the reward of the latter” (Nisai and Tirmidhi).
- Poor is he who leaves Ramadan the way he was before.
- Prophet Muhammad SAW said: Fasting is a shield, it will protect you from the hellfire and prevent you from sins- Sunan Ibn Mājah 1639
- Make Dua – it’s Ramadan the month of forgiveness.
- For a true Muslim, End of Ramadan is not “the end” but start of a new journey leading towards the Jannah.
- The Prophet (Peace be upon him)said, “Whoever gives food for a fasting person to break his fast, he will have a reward like theirs, without that detracting from their reward in the slightest.”
- Live your life like every day is Ramadan and the Ankhirah will become your Eid.
- Make this Ramadan the turning point in your life. Break free from the deceptions of this world and indulge in the sweetness of EEMAN.
- Ramadan is time to empty your stomach to feed your soul.
- Fasting is shield it will protect you from the hell-fire and prevent you from sins. – Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
- If you are going back to sinful life after Ramadan, then you gained nothing but hunger.
- Ramadan is about losing sins not weight.
- When you stand up to pray, pray as if it is your last prayer.
- The lord you worship in Ramadan is the same lord you turn away from in all the other months. – Sheikh abu abdisilam.
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