Ramadan is the month of worshiping Allah; Muslims do all kinds of ibada like reading Quran and praying Taraweeh. In this article we will know everything about the holy month, let’s get started.
Ramadan is approaching and as Muslims, we should prepare ourselves. Ramadan is not just about fasting, and here we will get to know the other forms of worshiping to practice during Ramadan and What is the best worship in Ramadan?
What are the special practices during Ramadan?
We should spend the holy month worshiping Allah and doing what brings us closer to him.
- Recite the Quran:
The Quran was revealed in Ramadan to the prophet Muhammed peace and blessing be upon him. In Ramadan, any good deeds we do are multiplied. When reading each letter in the Quran the reward is multiplied by ten which means that we will get thousands of rewards.
- Taraweeh prayers:
One of the famous things about Ramadan is Taraweeh. Taraweeh is prayed after isha whether in the mosque or home.
The prophet said: “Allah has made Ramadan fasting obligatory. I have made the night prayer (tarawih) Sunnah. He who fasts and observes night prayers believing the virtues and seeking his reward from Allah, He will be saved from his sins as a newborn baby.”
How do I do ibadah in Ramadan?
- Remembrance of Allah:
Our duty as Muslims is to worship Allah, in Ramadan, we should remember Allah day and night, Allah says: ”O you who believe! Remember Allah with much remembrance.”
We should always ask Allah for forgiveness, thank him for everything he has given us, for always being there when we are in deep need of help, Allah will always answer our calls.
- Zakah and charity:
Zakah is one of the things that we should do giving money to the ones in need. Sadaqa and zakah help purify our hearts from greediness, and you should always give it secretly.
It’s recommended that one should pay Zakah in the month of Ramadan. Besides giving Zakah, Sadaqa is a noble act of worship that eliminates the diseases of heart and greediness and it should be given secretly. Make a charity or Sadaqa box and put it on the prominent counter of your house. Set aside some change each day to put in it and encourage your children to do the Allah says about Sadaqa:
“The parable of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is that of a grain of corn, it grows seven ears and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives a manifold increase to whom He pleases.”
What is allowed and not allowed during Ramadan?
First, let’s understand what fasting means. Fasting means staying away from eating and drinking until iftar. Not just fasting from food but also to stay away from all the bad habits and sins.
- Fasting is obligatory during Ramadan but if a person is ill and can’t fast then he isn’t obligated to do so. The same applies to elder people or people with mental illness, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. They all don’t have to fast but they can comprehend in another way, like helping the poor.
- What happens when someone forgets that he is fasting and drinking or eating? This will not break the fasting because it was unintentional.
- If someone vomits it will not break the fasting as long as he didn’t swallow the vomit.
- Brushing teeth doesn’t break the fasting as long as you don’t swallow any water.
- When someone is preparing the food it is okay to taste it to check its taste, just don’t swallow the food.
What are the sunnahs of Ramadan?
- Sunnah to Eat Suhoor:
Anas narrated that the prophet peace and blessing be upon him said “Take meal a little before dawn, for there is a blessing in taking meal at that time.”
- Don’t swear while fasting and stay away from saying bad words:
Abu Huraira narrated that the prophet peace and blessing be upon him said: “Allah the Exalted and Majestic said: Every act of the son of Adam is for him, except fasting. It is (exclusively) meant for me and I (alone) will reward it. Fasting is a shield. When any one of you is fasting on a day, he should neither indulge in obscene language nor raise his voice; or if anyone reviles him or tries to quarrel with him he should say: I am a person fasting. By Him, in Whose Hand is the life of Muhammad, the breath of the observer of fast is sweeter to Allah on the Day of Judgment than the fragrance of musk. The one who fasts has two (occasions) of joy, one when he breaks the fast he is glad about the breaking of (the fast) and one when he meets his Lord he is glad about his fast.
- Be Generous and kind:
It was narrated from ‘Ubaidullah bin ‘Abdullah bin ‘Utabah that ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessing be upon him) was the most generous of people, and he was most generous in Ramadan when Jibril met him. Jibril used to meet him every night during the month of Ramadan and study the Quran with him.” And he said: “When Jibril met him, the Messenger of Allah was more generous in doing good than the blowing wind.”
what is the Sunnah for breaking fast and iftar Sunnah?
- Sunnah To Break The Fast With Dates:
It was said that Allah’s Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) used to break his fast with dates.
- Break The Fast As Soon As You Can:
It was narrated by Sahl b. Sa’d that the prophet said: “people will continue to prosper as long as they hasten the breaking of the fast.”
Don’t talk badly about others:
Abu Hurairah narrated that The Prophet said:” Fast is a shield; when one of you is fasting, he should neither behave in an obscene manner nor foolishly. If a man fights or abuses him, he should say: I am fasting, I am fasting”
- Pray Taraweeh:
Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah said, “He who observes optional prayer (Tarawih prayers) throughout Ramadan, out of the sincerity of Faith and in the hope of earning reward will have his past sins pardoned.”
Ramadan benefits and importance
- Attain Taqwa:
The month of Ramadan and fasting help us to stop doing the bad habits and fear Allah, during the month we stay away from anything that we are instructed not to do. We don’t talk badly about each other or say bad words. This helps us to become better and closer to Allah.
- In Ramadan the doors of heaven open:
The hell gates close and all the devils are chained, and the heaven gates open. There is a specific door in paradise for people who fast and it is called “Al-Rayyan”.
what is the spiritual significance of Ramadan?
- Multiplication of Rewards:
We get twice the rewards for any good deeds we do.
- Blessings of Suhoor:
Anas narrated that the prophet’s peace and blessing be upon him said “Take meal a little before dawn, for there is a blessing in taking meal at that time.”
What happens in Egypt during Ramadan? Do they celebrate Ramadan in Egypt? Why is Ramadan important in Egypt?
Ramadan is the month of obtaining taqwa, worshiping Allah, and Multiplication of Rewards, the majority religion in Egypt is Islam, so Ramadan means a lot to Egyptian people.
In Egypt Ramadan is celebrated through decorating houses and streets with Ramadan lanterns (fanous Ramadan) and colorful decorations. And the iftar time is celebrated via the cannon fire before the Maghrib prayers.
In Egypt, friends and family tend to gather in each other’s houses almost every day. And it is traditional to eat what is called Atayef, Kunafa, Nuts, and Dried Fruits, and drink Khoshaf, and Juices.
What are the five major acts of worship in Islam?
The major five acts of worshiping in Islam are called the five faith pillars in Islam, which are:
- Hajj: visiting Mecca for Pilgrimage just for once if you are capable of doing so.
- Fasting: fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.
- Shahadah: Reciting “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his messenger”.
- Prayer: the five daily prayers.
- Zakat: giving out money for the needed ones.
When is Ramadan 2022?
This year Ramadan is expected to be on Sunday, 2nd of April.
Why is it easier to do good during Ramadan?
In Ramadan any good deeds we do are multiplied, when reading the Quran, you get rewarded for every letter you read. Through Ramadan, those rewards are multiplied giving you thousands of rewards.
Hell gates close and all the devils are chained, which makes it easier for us to stay away from doing what’s wrong.