TO HOLY RAMADHAN
AN EXTRACT FROM
THE SUPPLICATION OF IMAM ALI BIN HUSAYN (AS)
This month stood
among us in a standing place of praise, accompanied us with the
companionship of one approved, and profited us with the most excellent
profit of the world's creatures. Then it parted from us at the
completion of its time, the end of its term, and the fulfillment of its
So we bid farewell to it with the farewell of one whose parting pains
us, whose leaving fills us with gloom and loneliness, and to whom we
have come to owe a safeguarded claim, an observed inviolability, and a
discharged right. We say: Peace be upon thee, O greatest month of God! O
festival of His friends!
At the advent of the holy
month of Ramadhan, The Holy Prophet (saww) delivered a sermon in which
he (saww) said to the Muslims:
“O People! Verily the month of Allah has come to you with blessings,
mercy and forgiveness. It is a month that is considered by Allah as the
best of all months; its days are best of all days; its nights are best
of all nights; and its hours are best of all hours. It is a month in
which you have been invited to become guests of Allah and you have been
made in it the favourites of Allah. Your breaths in this month are
counted as glorifications (of God); your sleep is considered as worship;
your (good) actions in it are accepted; and your invocations therein are
again the holy month of Ramadhan is approaching and God willing, we will
once again be fortunate to witness and experience this great month,
which the Holy Prophet (saww) has called it ‘Shahrullah’ meaning
‘the month of Allah’.
holy month, we all become the guests of Allah (SWT). In the sermon,
which the Holy Prophet (saww) had delivered at the advent of Holy
Ramadhan, he (saww) clearly specified, “It
is the month in which you have been invited to become guests of Allah
and you have been made in it as the favourites of Allah”.
customary that whenever we are invited to somebody’s house, we take
gifts for the host. It is considered as impolite to go to people’s
houses empty-handed. Since in the month of Ramadhan, we have been
invited to become the guests of the Master of the universe, what shall
we take as a gift for Him that will make Him happy?
LAYLATUL-QADR: THE NIGHT OF
"In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. Verily We sent it
(the Quran) down in the night of Qadr (power). What shall make you know
what the night of
is? The night of Qadr is better than a thousand months. The angels and
the (holy) spirit descend therein by the permission of their Lord, with
(decrees) for all affairs. (It is all) peace, till the break of dawn".
(Surah al-Qadr: Chapter 97)
S V Mir
Ahmad Ali writes in his Tafseer:
RAMADHAN: THE MONTH OF ALLAH (SWT)
The month of Holy Ramadhan is
"the month of Allah". It is indeed the month of
(Forgiveness). It is reported
that at the advent of this great month, the Holy Prophet (saww)
delivered a sermon to his followers in which he said:
"O people! Verily the month of Allah has come to you with Blessings,
Mercy and Forgiveness. It is a month which is considered by Allah as the
best of all months, its days are best of all days, its nights are best
of all nights, and its hours are best of all hours.
KHUTBAH OF THE HOLY
Sadooq (a.r) quoted Imam Ali ibn Moosa ar-Ridha (as) that he received
from his Holy ancestors, on the authority of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib
(as), the text of the speech the Holy Prophet (saw) used to deliver at
the advent of the blessed month of Ramadhan.
The Holy Prophet (saw) said;
Invitation to the Party of Allah (SWT)
Amir al-Muminin Imam Ali (PBUH) narrates that one day the Prophet
(PBUH&HP) read such sermon:
O' people the month of Allah has turned to you with blessings, mercy,
and forgiveness; a month that its days are the best days, and its nights
are the most valuable nights, and its moments are the most precious
moments. Ramadan is the month that you have been invited to be the guest
of Allah almighty, and in that month you have become closer to Allah. In
this month your breath has the reward of remembering Allah, and your
sleep has the reward of worshipping, your deeds are accepted and your
prayers and wishes are answered. Therefore call upon Him with pure heart
and intention so He may help you on fasting and reciting Quran,
miserable are those whom do not take advantage of this month and miss
The Month of Ramadan
"O Ye who believe! Fasting is
prescribed to you, As it was prescribed to those before you. That ye
may (learn) Self Restraint..." (2: 183)
What is Ramadan?
It is the ninth lunar
month of the year. It’s a chosen month by God to all Muslims. In this
month one must fast from certain things both physically and
spiritually. One must give his full faith to Allah and worship as much
as possible. It’s a month where Muslims show their appreciation to the
Almighty and show their strong faith and love to him. In this month,
Muslims fast in their hearts as well as their mouths. They avoid evil
actions, and thoughts and concentrate on doing good.
Laylatul Qadr ~ The Night of
Good actions in it (Laylatul Qadr),
like prayer and charity and (other) types of goodness, are better than
deeds of a thousands months in which there is no Laylatul Qadr. If
Allah would not multiply the rewards of believers like this, they would
not be able to reach (salvation), but Allah multiplies for them the
reward for good deeds.
Daily Supplications for the Month of Ramathan
* These are best recited after the
ritual mid-day prayer.
O God, be pleased with my fast,
in this month, as Thou gives credit to those who over-serve the fast;
and [be pleased with] my special night prayers in this month, as Thou
gives credit to those who pray in the night; direct me to be on guard
and pay attention to free myself from the lethargy of forgetfulness; O
God of the worlds overlook my wrong-doings, and grant amnesty to me, O
He who shows sympathy to wrongdoers.
Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) said:
"Whoever backbites his Muslim brothers, his fasting will be invalid and
his ablution null. Should he die in such a state, he will die like the
one who decreed lawful what Allah has forbidden."
Fasting in Animals
Fasting of Ground Squirrels
are many types of squirrels in the world. Some live in
trees, while others live in underground burrows. The ground
squirrels fast for days at a time in winter.
Frequently asked Questions about Ramadan
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar, which is based on the
orbiting of the moon (lunar calendar), rather than the orbiting of the
earth (solar calendar). It was in the month of Ramadan in which the
Quran (Holy Book for Muslims) was first revealed.
Health Guidelines For Ramadhan
This article provides useful advice on
how to avoid some common problems encountered in Ramadan. If followed,
it would enable one to fast comfortably and enjoy fully the spiritual
benefits of Ramadan.
Fasting - Key to Good Health
Fasting has its advantages from the
point of view of health and hygiene. Islam wants a Muslim to be healthy,
clean, alert, agile and energetic. "Fast to be healthy," had said
the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.). And physicians today acknowledge the many
benefits of fasting that ensure health and the soundness of one's body
and mind. Some of these positive points have a direct influence on
psychology and physique of the fasting individual.
Fasting and Purification
The Holy Qur'an refers to two features
of fasting in Ramadan: mental and practical. These are like the wings of
a bird on which man flies through the heavenly space of spirituality in
the month of Ramadan.
The Qur'an says: "Ramadan is the
(month) in which was sent down the Qur'an, as a guide to mankind, also
clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (Between right and wrong)."
Definition of Fasting
Originally, in Arabic the word 'as-Sawm'
meant 'al-Imsak', that is, to abstain totally from any act including
eating, drinking, walking, speaking, etc. Thus, the Arabs used to refer
to a horse refusing to run or to be fed, as 'Sa'im', that is, fasting.
As is clear, the word 'Sawm' is ancient and was used in a different
context by the Arabs before Islam. Then, however it did not have the
specific meaning given to it by Islam as a term denoting a certain
religious obligation. As an Islamic term, it means to refrain
intentionally from what breaks fasting.
Seventeen Tips for Parents to present Ramadhan in your Child's Class
Parents talking to their children's
principals, teachers and classmates in public schools about Ramadan are
of immense importance. By doing so, Muslim children feel less awkward
identifying themselves as Muslims, since someone in an authority
position has discussed what they believe what they do. As a result, the
children often feel more confident and secure.
Tips on sharing Ramadhan with your neighbours
The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: "He is
not a believer who eats his fill while his neighbor remains hungry by
his side." (Baihaqi)
"By Allah, he has no faith (the Prophet
[SAW] repeated it three times) whose neighbors are not safe from his
Tips to prepare for your family in Ramadhan
Buy all necessities for the month of Ramadan before Ramadan so you can
spend less time during the holy month rushing around. You can be more
focused on your religious rituals and spiritual development. Everyone in
the family, even the kids, can participate, writing a shopping list,
preparing some meals to be stored in the freezer.
If you have gotten into bad sleeping habits throughout the year, start
readjusting now so you can wake up for Fajr prayer.