Saturday, 13 July 2013

Ramadan Mubarak!

The month of Ramadan has begun and with two fasts already complete, it wont be long until Eid is here!

For those who are unfamiliar with Ramadan, it consists of a month of fasting for Muslims around the world from dawn until sunset. It is a spring of good deeds, a month of fasting, devotion, compassion, generosity, forgiveness and repentance. Ramadan fasting is also one of the 5 pillars of Islam, the others being; Shahadaah (declaration of the belief in One God), Salaah (compulsory prayers), Zakaah (yearly charitable giving) and Hajj (pilgrimage to Mekkah). 

Ramadan is also the month in which the Qur'an was revealed, therefore an emphasis is placed on reciting and reflecting upon the Noble Qur'an throughout the month. 

 Narated By Abu Huraira : The Prophet said, "Whoever established prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven; and whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven."

"Few experiences can produce such an intense spiritual and social impact on a Muslim as fasting during the month of Ramadan. Refraining from food, drink, sex, smoking and anger from sunrise to sunset are some of the basic elements of this fast, but at its core is achieving a deeper spiritual relationship with our creator." - Aziz Junejo - Seattle Times

The time that we break our fast is at Mahgrib, here in Dubai it is currently at 7.14pm. Usually we break out fast with water and dates as was the way of the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him). At the numerous mosques throughout the UAE, tents are set up and donations of food and drink are given to help feed the fasting mulims, the majority of which are labour workers without family here in the UAE.  Often there are more than 500 people waiting for their Iftar dinner. 

Here are some photos of a Iftar project in Umm Al Quwain. 

May Allah accept the fasting of all the Muslims and reward all those who volunteer, donate and participate in order to please Him, Ameen.