Monday, 21 July 2014

A Simple Ramadan Guide.

a simple guide to Ramadan
Calligraphy of Allah(swt) and Muhammad(saw)

Hi Honey bee's!
I hope everyone is having an amazing week and enjoying the sunshine. As a few of you guys know it is now Ramadan right now so today I thought I would give you guys a simple guide to Ramadan.

Ramadan is based on  Islams 5 Pillars which are 
  • Shahadah - Declaring your faith sincerely 
  • Salah - Praying the 5 obligatory prayers.
  • Zakat - Is where you pay 2.5% of your yearly wealth to charity
  • Sawm - Fasting during Ramadan
  • Hajj - Pilgrimage to mecca.

While Muslims fast we do not eat or drink from dawn till sunset, there is also other things we do not do during that time too which are smoking, anything naughty ha ha. Other behavior such as swearing and engaging in disagreements, back biting. Abstain from our desires.

As Muslim we strive to also increase reading the Quran and reading more salah(five daily prayers) as the spiritual rewards for this is multiplied during Ramadan.

Ramadan in the Quran:
 Chapter 2, Revelation 185, of the Quran states:

The month of Ramadan is the month in which was revealed the Quran and i quote, "a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, a number of other days. Allah desires for you ease; He desires not hardship for you; and that you should complete the period, and that you should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that perhaps you may be thankful".
Important dates in Ramadan. 
Hilal (the crescent) - This is when a new moon marks the beginning of a new month so this is typically where we find out when Ramadan starts.
Night of Power - The night of power is considered the most holy night of the year as this was the first night that Muhammad(pbuh) got the first revelation of the holy Quran. It is believed to be one of the odd days in the last 10 days of Ramadan.
Eid al-Fitr - This  marks the end of Ramadan and this is the end of fasting and is also a celebration for completing Ramadan. Kinda like Christmas :) 

Melissa x

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