The Importance of Ramadan for Muslims: A Time for Spirituality, Family & Community
As Ramadan 2022 draws near, Muslims around the world are once again blessed with an opportunity to reflect on their spirituality and their faith.
In the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, avoiding eating, drinking and other pleasurable desires. But why do Muslims fast during Ramadan? Through fasting, we take the time to get closer to Allah (SWT) through improving our ibadah (worship) and increasing our dhikr (remembrance of God).
Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), during this blessed month, said:
“When Ramadan enters, the gates of Paradise are opened, the gates of Hellfire are closed and the devils are chained.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
As such, Ramadan marks the perfect time for us to get in touch with our spirituality, family and community and strengthen our will as Muslims.
So what do you do in Ramadan to achieve this? Here are some ways to help you gain a well-rounded and fulfilling Ramadan experience.
The Spiritual Importance of Ramadan
Ramadan is a spiritual time for Muslims. As a month which symbolises dedication, reflection and discipline, Ramadan allows us to shield ourselves from sin through fasting. As said by the Prophet (PBUH):
“Fasting is a shield. So the fasting person should avoid obscene speech and should not behave foolishly and ignorantly, and if somebody fights with him or insults him, he should tell him twice, ‘I am fasting.”
In addition to fasting, extra attention is also given to more acts of worship. These acts can come in the form of prayer, dhikr, reciting Qur’an, giving charity, and asking for forgiveness from Allah (SWT). Through performing such actions which are pleasing to Allah (SWT), we become closer to our Creator and are given more rewards during this blessed month.
The Importance of Family During Ramadan
Ramadan marks a time where Muslims gather together, especially in the presence of family. In turn, being able to come together during Suhoor (pre-dawn meal) and Iftar (breaking fast meal) gives us the much needed time to connect and bond with our families.
From helping our parents prepare food during meal times to to reciting Qur’an with our younger siblings, there are many activities which we can do to draw closer to our families. Other great activities which are great for family bonding include praying together, reading Islamic Books together, and visiting local Mosques and attending community Iftar events together.
As the most blessed time for Muslims to learn and grow together, Ramadan is the best month to create the most cherishable and unforgettable memories with our families. Likewise, reinstating family traditions during Ramadan can not only bring the family closer together, but also bring everyone closer to Allah (SWT).
The Importance of Community During Ramadan
Ramadan is most definitely a time which brings the community together, both to each other and to Allah (SWT).
As fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, the importance of fasting during the month of Ramadan creates a sense of unity among Muslims, regardless of age, background and circumstance.
From grand community Iftars, local street food stalls, and gathering for taraweeh in local Mosques, Ramadan is when our communities engage in activities that get everyone involved – in one way or another!
Similarly, Ramadan is also a time where we work together to fulfil another pillar of Islam: Zakat. Since the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), the Muslim community has always valued giving charity to those in need.
As Ramadan is a time filled with the most opportunities to gain blessings from Allah (SWT), many of us choose to give our Zakat or Sadaqah (charity) during this blessed month.
Towards the last ten nights of Ramadan especially, many Muslims gather together to try and observe Laylatul Qadr (Night of Power). As Laylatul Qadr is considered the holiest night of the year, it is the most ideal time for us to pray more and give more charity together as a community.
Following Ramadan’s end, all members of the community gather together to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr – a joyous time of gift-giving, feasting (in moderation) and spending time with our loved ones.
Marked as a blessed time of reflection and increased rewards, Ramadan holds a great importance in the lives of all Muslims.
Through coming together and elevating our acts of worship for the sake of Allah (SWT), Ramadan is truly a period where our spirituality, ties with our family and community bonds strengthens us and allows us to become the best version of ourselves.
Ramadan is the perfect time to give zakat
The holy month of Ramadan is the perfect opportunity to use the Power of Zakat. It is a time for us to pause and reflect, leave behind bad habits and replace them with good ones, increase our acts of worship and good deeds, and practice self-discipline – all for the sake of Allah SWT.