There is one month that every Muslim eagerly waits for the entire year, and that is the month of Ramadan. In this Holy month, Muslims wake up at dawn and keep a fast until the sunsets. During the whole day, they abstain from eating and drinking and from indulging in any sinful activities. All the time is instead devoted to worship, as it is the month when rewards are multiplied. They fast to have better control over their worldly desires and to empathize with the less fortunate, which then encourages actions of charity and sadaqah donation. There are only a few weeks until Ramadan approaches us, so we decided to go over the benefits associated with this month and why every Muslim should try to do as much as they can in this Blessed month.
The history of the month of Ramadan:
The month of Ramadan is celebrated as the month during which the last prophet, Muhammad (S.A.W) received the initial revelations which then turned into the Holy Quran, which is the holy book of Muslims from God.
During this month, the Muslims wake up before dawn to take their meal, which is known as Suhoor. They eat until dawn and then abstain from drinking or eating throughout the day until the sunsets.
Ramadan isn’t just about abstinence from food, but it also requires one to stay away from all sinful activities, sexual activities, and activities of indulgence in general. The reason why this month is observed is to practice self-improvement and to have control over yourself, without caving into worldly desires. While it may seem like a daunting task, it does leave one feeling refreshed and closer to God. It helps one to empathize with the people who aren’t as fortunate as the rest of us as it brings us closer to their problems.
During this month, Muslims go about their day, by going to work or their schools and continuing with their daily routine. The only thing which increases is their worship as some read the entire Quran, visit the mosque more often and pray more duas. Every person who has reached the age of puberty and is sane is required to fast with the exception of pregnant or nursing women or people who are traveling
At sunset, the fast is broken, ideally with a date and then the rest of the food follows which varies from culture to culture. The month of Ramadan lasts for 30 to 31 days, depending upon the occurrence of the moon, and is then concluded with a major celebration called Eid-ul-Fitr.
Now that you know the history behind this month, let’s see why it holds such high importance in the life of Muslims.
The benefits of fasting in the Holy Month:
There are a lot of benefits of fasting this month. Muslims get closer to God and experience a wave of calmness over them. They feel a spiritual awakening that helps reaffirm their faith in their religion. But there’s a lot more to it than just the religious benefits. Fasting might seem daunting from dawn to dusk but it does have its health benefits.
- Lowers cholesterol: The lipid profile in our bodies gets reduced once we fast. As the fat gets used up to make up for the energy being burned, these lipids are utilized which are beneficial for one’s health. Ultimately it lowers cholesterol and helps one lose weight and stay fit.
- A natural Detox: Fasting helps flush out the excessive harmful toxins that accumulate in our body over a long period of time. It helps prevent health risks and strokes.
- Boosted mood: When there’s nothing on your mind, especially no thoughts related to food, your brain ultimately calms down. It’s like one less thing for your brain to worry about, which helps a person think more clearly. It makes you more aware of your surroundings and your emotions and helps you regulate your mood better.
The impact of Ramadan:
Ramadan is loved for the profound impact it has on one’s mind rather than on one’s weight. This is one of the reasons why Muslims go above and beyond to help others in this spiritual month. They make sure that they reap all the rewards that they can in this month, not just as a community but also as an individual.
- On an individual: Ramadan cleanses the soul of every individual who fasts. There is just something special about giving to others selflessly that makes you feel so much better about yourself. In the month of Ramadan, almost every Muslim gives charity and sadaqah donation. This act of putting others before yourself is what we humans are actually supposed to do. Not just charity, but sacrificing your time and energy to help others is also a pivotal part of Ramadan which makes one feel closer to God and humanity.
- On the society: On society as a whole, the impact of Ramadan is huge. Muslims all over the world help one another by taking part in food drives, helping provide rations, paying for struggling student’s fees, and many others. The spirit of friendliness and helping one another is what has a profound impact on the community as everyone feels loved and equal. No one goes to bed hungry, and overall all needs are taken care of because of the charity and sadaqah donation.
After reading this blog, you would be well aware by now of the blessings that come with the month of Ramadan. Keeping this spirit alive like every year, Sabil has organized an Iftar to raise funds for the needy. Every year, people donate wholeheartedly leaving no stone unturned to help us out with our food drives, or our volunteering programs. Like this year, we expect everyone to contribute and help the less unfortunate. If you register before the 1st of April, you will get an early bird’s discount. Say yes to an evening that will leave you feeling calm and content deep inside.