Muslims Worldwide Mark Start Of Ramadan 2013
The meaning of Ramadan goes back many centuries, to about 610 AD. Muslims believe that Allah (Swt) (the same God of the Christians and the Jews), revealed the first verses of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) during this month, hence Ramadan’s significance in Islam.
‘Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur’an as a guide to mankind also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (between right and wrong).’ Quran: 2:185
It is a blessed month where Muslims are called upon to use this month to re-evaluate their lives in light of Islamic guidance.
The Arabic word for ‘fasting’ (‘sawm’) literally means, “to refrain”. So in essence, the term means not only refraining from food and drink, but from evil actions, thoughts, and words.
‘Oh ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you that ye may (learn) self-restraint.’ Quran: 2:183
Ramadan is a month of personal and spiritual reflection, finding the purpose in life, helping the needy, becoming a better person, resisting evil, doing good, making changes for the better, paying less attention to materialism and greed, whilst overall attaining inner peace.
Ramadan Mubarak to everyone!