Written by Serene Amleh
Ramadan, also known as the Sawn fourth pillar of Islam, is followed by Muslims worldwide. For 30 days following the Islamic lunar calendar year, from sunrise to sunset Muslims are required to practice the tradition of fasting. But did you know, one of the essential reasons why Muslims practice this celebration is to spiritually be benefited? Continue and you shall learn some of the glorious spiritual significance of this holy month.
Strengthen The Relationship With Allah
During this time, the month of Ramadan, Muslims are encouraged to give zakat (charity), break fasts with friends and relatives, pray the nightly prayers known as tarawih, study at the Masjid (a place of worship) and read the entire Qur’an (the Islamic holy book). When Muslims give zakat as well as break their fasts with others, they construct a closer relationship with one another. Furthermore, seeking knowledge and performing tarawih strengthens the relationship with the devotee and Allah, giving Muslims a better understanding of him. Everything that is done during this holy month is meant for Muslims to recollect the understanding of their purpose in this world, which is to worship Allah (God).
Muslims also participate in this month by spiritually reflecting on their behaviour and desires in order to see what can be improved and re-centred. This introspection is an integral part of Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) practice and a spiritual element of Ramadan that is sometimes overlooked. When Muslims engage in reflecting on themselves, it perfectly complements fasting as it helps to focus inwardly. Individuals work towards strengthening weak areas in their life, further improving one’s thoughts, spirits, reactivity and self-control. Because of this, individuals come out of the month with renewed spiritual strength and even gain energy to grow in every area of their life: higher consciousness, improved personal relationships and better health.
“Whoever prays on Laylatul Qadr out of faith and sincerity, shall have all their past sins forgiven,” (Hadith, Bukhari) said by the Prophet (peace be upon him). Ultimately, Laylatul Qadr, the Night of Decree or Night of Power, is one of the most sacred nights in Ramadan which takes place in the last ten days. Laylatul Qadr’s exact date is unknown, although it is known to occur on one of the last days of Ramadan. Because this night is believed in which Allah shows great mercy to His creations, where one’s fate is decreed and “The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months,” Allah (Qur’an, 9:3), Laylatul Qadr is the night in Ramadan where Allah mercifully gives Muslims the chance to seek forgiveness and remove all past sins. This is done by praying for forgiveness, reciting the Holy Qur’an, offering optional (nafl) prayers and sending Salawat (blessings upon the Prophet).
At its core, Ramdan is the opportunity for Muslims to spiritually become benefited, whether it would be by renewing or strengthening their relationship with Allah, improving one’s character and removing past sins. May all followers of this glorious month have a safe and blessed month, Ramadan Mubarak!
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