The Holy month of Ramadan is so special in everything. In Ramadan, we see and feel everything differently. We feel overwhelmed with joy, mercy, calmness, and tranquillity. Our prayers, our supplications, our good deeds even our gatherings have a different flavor in Ramadan. Our souls, our bodies, and mind have a special state of peace. We are all in a state of mental and emotional calmness, with no worries, fears, or stress. That’s why Ramadan is different and special for Muslims. It is considered one of the holy months and the launch of a Muslim’s successful year. Let’s figure out some special things about this Holy month and how to make the best of it.
5 Interesting Ramadan facts:
The Holy month of Ramadan is a gift that is given by Allah. Ramadan is your time to slow down, focus on doing good deeds, and start bringing out the best of you. Ramadan is your time to make resolutions so that you can successfully lead the rest of the 11months of the year. Ramadan also is a month of special acts of worship, special events, special gatherings, and special feelings. Let’s know what is exactly special about this month.
Suhoor is the meal consumed early in the morning by Muslims before fasting, before dawn during, or outside the Islamic month of Ramadan. The meal is eaten before fajr prayer. The suhoor is a vital part of fasting. Muslims eat a healthy meal in Suhoor to remain in good health for the rest of the day during the fast. The right way to eat a meal during Suhoor is to eat in moderation. Many people skip Suhoor however, this is not favored by Allah because those who skip Suhoor find it difficult to complete their fast and end up feeling weak and powerless. Suhoor is considered an Islamic tradition as a benefit of the blessings in that it allows the person fasting to avoid the crankiness or the weakness caused by the fast.
What did the Prophet say and recommend about suhoor?
The Prophet recommended to have suhoor and not to miss it. As he said, ” Take a meal a little before dawn, for there is a blessing in taking a meal at that time.”
The Prophet also used to call suhoor the blessed morning meal. As it is narrated that Sariya (one of the prophet’s companions) told that God’s messenger invited him to a meal shortly before dawn in Ramadan saying, “Come to the blessed morning meal.”
In the Holy month of Ramadan, fasting is not only an act of worship prescribed upon Muslims but when you fast you arrive at a new and special level of spirituality. Fasting has a lot to do with your faith and you will come to realize that something changes within you permanently. Fasting Ramadan is a school in which you are going to learn great values for the rest of your life. Fasting is not only to refrain from food and drinks but to learn how to restrain your soul that alway incites you to evil. The winner in this month will be the one who will beat his whims and desires in this fierce battle.
Iftar, also known as ftoor (breakfast), is the evening meal with which Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset. They break their fast at the time of the call to prayer for the sunset prayer.
How did the Prophet use to break his fast?
- The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to break his fast before performing sunset by some dates and if he didn’t find dates, he only broke his fast by drinking some water.
- He used to say basmala before engaging in eating.
- He used to say some dua while breaking his fast
- ” The thirst is gone, the veins are moistened, and the reward is confirmed, if Allah wills. “
- ” O Allah, I ask You by Your mercy, which encompasses all things, that You forgive me. “
- when the Prophet broke his fast, he said, “O God, for Thee I have fasted and with Thy provision, I have broken my fast.”
4- Taraweeh prayer:
During the holy month of Ramadan, there are special prayers called Taraweeh that are conducted after every evening’s last daily prayer (Isha). Taraweeh is an additional ritual prayer performed by Muslims at night. You can perform Taraweeh in 8, 10, 12, or 20 rakaat. Taraweeh prayers commonly take place in mosques where Muslims pray in congregation. Although they are not compulsory, Taraweeh is strongly recommended during Ramadan. The word Taraweeh comes from the Arabic word meaning (Raha) which means “to rest and relax”, as it is seen as a special form of Islamic meditation and contemplation.
5- Tahajjud prayer:
Tahajjud prayer is an optional prayer performed during the night after waking up from sleep. The word Tahajjud comes from the Arabic word hujud which means sleep, that is, to give up or leave off sleep.
Why do we pray Tahajjud?
As the Prophet, Muhammad was recorded as performing the tahajjud prayer regularly himself and encouraging his companions too.
When is Tahajjud prayer?
The time of Tahajjud prayer is after one wake up from sleep and before the adhan of Fajr prayer. However, the best time for performing Tahajjud prayer is the last part of the night.
What is the grace of Tahajjud prayer?
The Prophet was asked: O Messenger of Allah, in which part of the night the supplication is more likely to be accepted? He (peace be upon him) replied: In the last part: Pray as much as you like, for the prayer is attended by the angels and it is recorded till you offer the dawn prayer.
In conclusion, Ramadan is a special month in every single aspect. Take it seriously and pray and do your best to be among the winners of this Holy month.