Ramadan is an Islamic month full of many important teaching and information for the Muslims. As fasting is a pillar of Islam all Muslims are to suppose to do so, and they do it with great courage and excitement. This month teaches us about self restrain and also gives us a chance to feel how those who are less fortunate than us feel. It is done so with much unity and joy by Muslims all over the world, especially in Pakistan. People of all ages can be spotted in markets shopping for groceries and accessories for their homes for the occasion of Ramadan. Everyone plans on how they will try to improve themselves and change their habits to offer prayers to God to make Him happy. Ladies can be observed planning and discussing for hosting special meals, feasts and parties during this holy month. Many people like to get together at the time for iftari which is the breaking of the fast, where they pray, eat and talk together. The basic idea of this month is to offer as many prayers to Allah Almighty as a person can. Due to this the last 10 days of this sacred and holy month are considered special where all Muslims pray passionately with a belief to get closer to God. The 27th night of Ramadan Lailatul Qadar is considered to be an auspicious and powerful night than any other, therefore, all Muslims are seen offering prayers and reciting Quran all night long.
Order and encouragement to fast
“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you in order that you might learn piety . . . . The month of Ramadan is that wherein was revealed the Qur’an, as a guidance to mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the Criterion. So, whoever among you witnesses the month should fast.” [Al-Qur’an 2:183, 185]
“Every deed of the Son of Adam is for himself, except fasting – it is for Me, and I shall reward it.” [Muslim, Abu Dawud, Nasa’i, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah]
“There is not any believer who remains hungry, and abstains from the forbidden things, and does not wrongfully consume the wealth of Muslims, except that Allah will feed him from the fruits of Heaven.” [Musnad Abu Hanifah]
“Whoever fasts Ramadan with faith and expectation [of reward], his previous sins are forgiven him.” [Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud, Nasa’i]