Ramadan Mubarak, also known as Ramzan, is celebrated by the people belonging to the Muslim community globally. It’s the ninth month of the Islamic calendar as well as regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam. This month is an exercise in self-restraint and self-discipline. It is one of the best ways by which people can come closer to Allah. People observe fast and pray while engaging in humanitarian activities such as feeding the underprivileged or helping the poor.
Ramadan Mubarak 2022
Ramadan is the commemoration of the last Prophet Muhammad’s first revelation. The month lasts from one sighting of the crescent moon to the next moon. It is mandatory for all adult Muslims to hold fast. It can be avoided by the people who are unwell, pregnant, traveling, have their menstrual cycle, as well as diabetic.
Muslims observe a fast called Roza from sunrise to sunset during Ramzan commemorating the month when the Holy Quran was first revealed. The pre-dawn meal eaten by the Muslims who observe fast is called ‘sehri’. This feast is held after a fast is broken at night- known as iftar. Muslims pray five times a day with Ramzan duas.
Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year. The last prophet of Allah, Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) said,
“When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of hell are closed and the devils are chained.”
Muslims also believe it was during this month, God revealed the first verses of the Quran, to Muhammed, on a night recognized as “The Night of Power” (or Laylat al-Qadr in Arabic).
A spiritual Month
The holy month of Ramadan is a month of deep spirituality. If a Muslim hasn’t been behaving Muslim-y for the rest of the year, Ramadan Mubarak 2022 is an ideal chance to refocus on their faith. It is a bit like when people make New Year’s resolutions in January – a fresh start to behave how you would like to if you did not get sloppy. However, the Muslims tend to – or try to – step away from the triviality, pray more, read religious literature, and behave in a kinder, more generous way.
How does fasting work?
Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. Other pillars are testimony of faith, prayer, charitable giving, as well as making a pilgrimage to Mecca. Muslims are needed to take part yearly. Although, there are special dispensations described above.
There is a great need to know that the practice of fasting serves numerous spiritual and social purposes. These are essential in order to remind you of your human frailty and to show you what it feels like to be hungry. In this way, you feel compassion for the poor and needy to reduce the distractions in life.
During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims abstain from eating and drinking any food, smoking cigarettes, as well as engaging in any physical activity, from dawn to sunset. It also includes taking medication. Chewing gum is also prohibited. Doing any of those things “invalidates” your fast. In order to make up for days, you didn’t fast, you can either fast later in the year. Moreover, there is also an option to provide a meal to a needy person for each day you missed your fast.
Typical day likes during Ramadan
During the month of Ramadan Mubarak, Muslims wake up before dawn to eat the first meal of the day. It has to last until sunset. it would be best to eat lots of high-protein foods and drink as much water as possible. At dawn, the Muslims perform the morning prayer. As it’s usually still pretty early, many of us go back to sleep for a bit before waking up.
All Muslims are not supposed to avoid work during the day. However, in many Muslim countries, businesses and schools reduce the hours during the day as well as close entirely. For the most part, Muslims go about their daily routine, despite not being able to eat or drink anything.
When the evening call to prayer is made, here is the time of Iftar- to break your fast with water, dates, and snack before performing the evening prayer. People also go to the mosque for the evening prayer as well as other Ramzan duas.
The holy month of Ramadan officially begins with the sighting of the crescent moon. However, the dua to recite after seeing the moon is:
- Dua: “Allahuakbar! Allahumma, ahillahu ‘alaina bil-amni wal-imani was-salamati wal-Islami wat-taufiqi lima tuhibbu wa tardu. Rabbuna wa rabbukallah
- English translation: Allah is the greatest! O Allah, let the crescent moon loom above us in safety, faith, peace and Islam and bless us with the ability to succeed in all that you love and are pleased with. Our Lord and your Lord is Allah.
Ramadan Dua for Fasting
Suhoor or the pre-dawn meal is a complimentary element during Ramadan- the last meal before the sun rises. The Iftar is the evening meal to break the fast at sunset.
Here is the Duas that Muslims recite before keeping as well as breaking their fast:
- Dua for Suhoor: Wa bisawmi ghadinn nawaiytu min shahri Ramadan
- English translation: I intend to fast tomorrow in this month of Ramadan
- Dua for breaking fast in Ramadan: Allahumma inni laka sumtu, wa bika aamantu, [wa ‘alayka tawakkaltu], wa Ala rizqika aftartu
- English translation: Oh Allah! I fasted for You and I believe in You [and I put my trust in You] and I break my fast with Your sustenance.
The Holy Month of Ramadan Mubarak in Pakistan will be starting soon with the sighting of the crescent moon. However, it will last for the next 29 to 30 days. It’s an extremely spiritual time for devotees with fasting being obligatory for every healthy Muslim.
No doubt, the Covid-19 pandemic has made social aspects of Ramadan Mubarak Pakistan a lot harder to do safely, given restrictions on travel as well as the need to maintain social distancing, avoiding large indoor gatherings. However, the Muslim community leaders are aware of this. They but detailed guidance in order to have a happy and fulfilling Ramadan Mubarak for everyone.