Ramadan is back | Daily Trust

At the time of submitting this article, the announcement of the start of this year’s Ramadan fast has not been made. Given the count of lunar month of Sha’aban, yesterday Friday was the 29th; which means that today Saturday April 2, 2022 could be the first day of Ramadan. If not, it’s sure to start tomorrow. Either way, we give glory to Allah for sparing our lives to witness the Ramadan fast of 1443AH.

Fasting during the month of Ramadan was made obligatory (wajib) during the month of Sha’ban in the second year after the migration of the Prophet (SAW) from Mecca to Medina. Allah (SWT) states in Quran 2:183 that “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those who preceded you; so that you can (learn) self-control”. The special attributes granted to this holy month make it unique; offering golden opportunities for spiritual enrichment, which every Muslim should strive to take advantage of.

It was during Ramadan that the Holy Quran was revealed to mankind by Prophet Muhammad (SAW). It is also during Ramadan that the religious isolation called I’tikaf is observed exclusively; which means there can be no itikaf without Ramadan. It is during Ramadan that one finds a night that is more valuable than a thousand ordinary nights; the night of Laylat ul-Qadr. Likewise, it is only in Ramadan that the superrogatory prayer of Tarawih (usually offered after the Ishai prayer) is observed. Unlike other forms of worship which are rewarded by angels, Allah Himself gives the reward for fasting. Indeed, Ramadan is the best time in the life of a Muslim.

Ramadan is a holy month in which Allah has promised to forgive every repentant Muslim; grant mercy to any amnesty seeker; and forgive those who ask. Abu Hurayrah (RA) narrates from the Prophet (SAW) that the gates of hell fire remain closed throughout each period of Ramadan, just as the gates of paradise are left open during the same period; so that the wish and prayer of those who desire the latter (paradise) may be graciously granted. Fasting is comparatively a remarkable act of worship. Imam Malik (RA) reports on the authority of Abu Hurayrah (RA) that the Prophet (SAW) said: “By Him in whose hand my soul is, the breath of the breath of a person who fasting is better with Allah than musk. He leaves his desires, food and drink; all for Me. Fasting is for Me and I (give) the reward (for) that. Every good deed is rewarded tenfold his kind up to seven hundred times except the fast which is for me, and I reward it”.

The above hadith emphasizes the need for Muslims to observe fasting in strict accordance with the established rules governing this revered act of worship, lest we become those who are hungry and not those who have fasted. Muslims who violate the rules governing the observance of Ramadan fasting may not have fasted but simply starved themselves. The six authentic hadith compilers all relate to the authority of Abu Hurayrah (RA) who reports that the Prophet (SAW) said, “Fasting is protection for you. So, when you are fasting, do not behave obscenely or stupidly. And if someone argues with you or insults you, say, “I’m fasting, I’m fasting.”

Muslims are encouraged to exercise moderation in their eating habits during breakfast (called Iftar in Arabic) and early morning food (called Sahur in Arabic). Overeating, especially at the time of breaking the fast, prevents or inhibits overfed people from waking up at night to engage in other additional forms of devotion such as observing superogatory prayers (nafilat), reciting of the Holy Quran and the glorification of Allah. Name.

Inflation is already hitting Nigerians hard. We call on essential commodity traders to abandon greed and resist temptation. They should not unduly take advantage of the Ramadan season to exploit Nigerians and make usurious profits by driving up already high food prices. Sugar, fruits, drinks and Irish potatoes are some of the items that usually ask for spikes at the start of Ramadan.

Philanthropic individuals, groups, governmental and non-governmental organizations are encouraged to organize or support the public breaking of the Ramadan fast (called “iftar jama’i” in Islamic literature) for disadvantaged Muslims. This could be at the level of the mosque or the neighborhood. Times are tough for many families and individuals. Ramadan is a time when Muslims are expected to demonstrate the virtues of charity, kindness and hospitality, especially towards needy members of society, including those displaced in states devastated by banditry. or terrorist activities.

Scholars, preachers, prayer leaders, orators, presenters of tafseer (Quranic commentaries), radio and television program presenters are advised to avoid the use of provocative and uncivil expressions in their sessions public preaching. They are expected to demonstrate a high sense of intellectual maturity in educating their audience on the teachings of Islam. Wisdom and good speech, not name-calling or insults, are at the heart of effective and popular religious proselytizing.

We encourage scholars and preachers to focus more on issues that seek to unite us as Muslims; avoid trends and divisive topics. Furthermore, knowledge of the basics of religion cannot be more desirable in modern Nigeria than now where, despite the large number of learned scholars in the country today, ignorance of religion yet seems to be spreading more quickly than orthodox knowledge and piety spread among others. members. The present glut of evil and wrongdoing perpetrated on land and sea reflects how far removed and disconnected people have become in their thoughts and actions from the true teachings of religion.

We are happy that Ramadan is back. It is time to renew and strengthen our spiritual connection with our Creator. May Allah grant us the disposition, the health and the means necessary to achieve a rewarding Ramadan fast, amin. Ramadan Kareem!

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