The Holy Month of Fasting
Ramadan is the nineth month of Islamic calendar. All adult Muslims must fast from dawn to sunset every day of this month. Allah explains fasting in Quran:
O Believers, fasting is decreed for you as it was decreed for those before you that you are expected to gaurd yourself against evil. [The Holy Qur'an, Surah 2:183]
Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was revealed, a guidance for mankind with clear proofs of guidance distinguishing right from wrong. Therefore whoever of you is present in this month, should fast. But who is ill or on a journey shall fast to make up number of days later on. God intends your well-being, not your discomfort. He desires you to fast the whole month to glorify God and render thanks to Him for giving you His guidance. [The Holy Qur'an, Surah 2:185]
Fasting means to keep away from eating, drinking and sexual acts from dawn to sunset. Fasting is form of worship and is both physical as well as a spiritual exercise. It is purely to achieve Allah's mercy and blessings. During the Fasting an individual should keep himself away from any such act which displeases Allah and should not engage in any evil behaviour. One of the purposes of Fasting is to train one to control the desires, to strengthen his will-power and to develope a person's endurance and steadfastness and faith in Allah. By experiencing the hunger and thirst one can learn and understand what it really feels like not to have food or drink. A person then be able to show sympathy and be ever prepare to help and support many starving people. Fasting is the true manifestation of obedience to God, and He will reward them who fast according to Allah's Will.
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) used to greet people at the beginning of Ramadan. He used to tell them: "Ramadan, a great and blessed month has come to you. Allah has made fasting in this month obligatory and prayers at night a recommended act of devotion".
Ramadan is a very good opportunity to turn to Allah and perform good deeds. We should take full advantage of this time. In addition to fasting and prayers in this month, you can invite your non-Muslims neighbours, friends, civic and political leaders, interfaith leaders to break fast (iftar) with you and tell them about Islam, its beautiful message. Remove their mis-understandings and establish good relations. This is the way you can celebrate this holy month. God bless you.
fasting is decreed
for you as it
was decreed for
those before you
that you are
[The Quran, Chapter 2:183]
Prophets of Allah
Only Allah alone has knowlege of true number and names of messengers and prophets chosen by Him. Allah's guidance to mankind began with Adam (peace be upon him) and was completed with Muhammad (peace be upon him). In Quran, Allah has mentioned the twenty-five most prominent messengers and prophets by name:
peace be upon them all.