The Moon Among The Stars

Ramadan is the best month for Muslims all around the world. Apart from being the month in which the Qur’an was revealed, it is also the month in which the Night of Majesty is, the night that is better than the equivalent of 1000 months. Ramadan is the month where Muslims earn rewards in every one of their deeds from eating sahoor, to taking Iftaar, praying Taraweeh, giving Sadaqah etc.

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. It is a period when Muslims eat very early in the morning before the sky becomes clear, the meal they take during this period is called Sahoor. They fast from dawn till dusk, when the sun is down, abstaining not just from food and water but also obscene scenes and sins.

Muslims pray more and increase in Ibaadah (Good deeds) during this period, giving Sadaqah (Charity) to their neighbours, chanting their adhkaars (Supplications) now and then, reading the Qur’an and generally striving to be better and earn more rewards from their Lord. It is in this month of Ramadan and it is said that the devil has been chained and the gates of paradise are open, hence, supplications are hastened to be accepted and Muslims all over the world maximize this period.

After fasting for 30 or 29 days depending on when the moon was sighted or counting right from the last day of Shaaban, the 8th month in the Islamic calendar before the month of Ramadan, they celebrate on the day after the last day of Ramadan or the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic calendar and wish each other “Eid Mubarak” while praying that Allah accepts it from them.

Ramadan for the year 2022, 1443 AH, has been announced by the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) to begin on April 2, 2022, in Nigeria, after the moon was said to have been sighted in some parts of the country like Sokoto, and has been verified by the National Moon Sighting Committee.

Fasting has been enjoined on all Muslims, as it was said in the Holy Book, “O’ye who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting has it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous”, Q1:183. An exception to this are those who are chronically ill, travelling, breastfeeding or menstruating, and these categories of people are to repay the number of days they have missed when they get better, finish menstruating, or arrive on their journey.

Ramadan Kareem
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