Article Reference: Zakat Foundation of America
With Ramadan 2024 expected to commence in less than 2 months, in March 2024, Muslims worldwide are gearing up to embrace the physical, mental, and spiritual demands of this profoundly blessed month.
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But what insights does the Quran offer about Ramadan and its importance?
The Quran, in Surat Al-Anbiya, 21:85, underscores Ramadan as a period of illumination, spiritual guidance, and facilitation. The verse emphasizes the obligation to fast upon sighting the new moon while granting concessions to those facing illness or travel. It reflects God's intention for Ramadan to be a time of ease, not hardship, urging believers to complete the prescribed period with gratitude.
Importance of Ramadan
Ramadan holds special significance as the month when the Quran was first revealed to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. It marks the inception of spiritual guidance for the Muslim community. While Ramadan encourages devout reflection on the Quran and heightened worship, the Quranic injunction acknowledges the need for balance. It advises against fasting during times of adversity, promoting mercy towards oneself, and mirroring divine compassion.
The Quran, in Surat Al-Baqarah, 2:183, enjoins fasting upon believers, drawing parallels with earlier communities, aiming to foster piety and righteousness. Fasting, an emblematic practice during Ramadan, spans from dawn to sunset throughout the month.
Far from a punitive measure, it serves as a conduit for humility and spiritual growth, rooted in an ancient tradition passed down through generations. Despite the physical challenges, fasting redirects focus from material needs to spiritual pursuits, nurturing the character refinement of all Muslims.
Moreover, the Quran (97:3) heralds Laylatul Qadr, the Night of Power, as transcendent, surpassing a thousand months in virtue. Occurring in the final 10 nights of Ramadan, its exact date varies annually, requiring spiritual discernment. Laylatul Qadr beckons believers with its profound blessings, prompting intensified worship and communal gatherings in anticipation of divine favours.
As Ramadan approaches, the Zakat Foundation of America extends heartfelt wishes for a blessed Ramadan 2024, replete with divine blessings and profound engagement with the Quran.