written by *deensister*
Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah!
and yeah, its the first time on this blog me starting with assalaamu alaikum. It means for those of you who know not, peace be unto you and the mercy of God. it is the greeting of every Muslim and it is been rewarded for. The prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to encourage this act as it is an act of goodness and a form of spreading love. I mean, won’t you just love me for saying to you peace be upon you and the mercy of God? I know you are already loving me! Well, that’s Islam, a religion of peace…and that’s prophet Muhammad, a mercy to mankind. In the Qur’an, God says “we have not sent you except as a mercy to mankind”.
Speaking of mercy, we are about entering the month of mercy, Ramadhan of course! Ramadhan for those of you who know not is a month in which Muslims are commanded to fast from it’s beginning which is noted by the sighting of the new moon, to its end which is also noted by the sighting of a new moon(which in turn begins a new lunar month)… ramadhan is not only a month of fasting(which in Islam is not just abstaining from food and water), it is a month of mercy and spiritual rejuvenation.It is a month of mercy, serenity, blessings, forgiveness and renewal of oneself!
In ramadhan was the Qur’an revealed and not only this, all four books believed in Islam were revealed in this ninth month of the lunar calendar( i.e.. the zabur-psalms, taurah-Torah, injil-gospel, Qur’an).
In the Qur’an; Allah says; “O you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you as is was prescribed for those before you, that you may become AL-MUTTAQUN(the pious)” (2:183)
“the month of ramadhan in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion(between right and wrong). so whoever sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of ramadhan), he must observe saum(fast) that month, and whoever is ill or on a journey,the same number (of days which one did not observe saum-fast must be made up) from other days. Allah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you…..” (2:185)
During ramadhan, there are many activities as acts of ibadah (worship) are increased. Hey, its the month of rewards too! besides, piety is what we seek!
The Qur’an is being read from its beginning to its end, in the span of 29 days! that’s 60 parts; 114 chapters; 6626 verses! subhanallah(glory to Allah)!
There is the taraweeh prayer, which is a voluntary prayer of a total of 12 units done in 2′s! everyday after the last prayer of the day (Isha’). There are so many charitable activities, such as giving da’awah (spreading Islam or teaching good for the sake of Allah), Strengthening the ties of kith and kin as this is very important in Islam, feeding the poor, or the fasting person( the prophet peace be upon him said; whoever feeds a fasting person gets a reward as the fasting person, without the fasting person’s reward being taken away), or just spreading salaam ( what I did at the top) and smiling(which is also being rewarded for as it is an act of good counted as charity!)
ohkay, it’s like 11:00pm here and my eyes are blurring out….so I will insha Allah(by the permission of Allah) continue in my next post….zzzzz….just kidding! still awake…
Feel free to ask questions if you will and do start getting yourself used to the Qur’an (including non-Muslims) it’s a perfect time to make research! who knows what you’ll find?
check the right sources though…which is the Qur’an…its the same all over the world!
enough….peace be upon those who stick to the haqq (truth)…
first published on deensister.wordpress.com