Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic Calendar, and in 2023, Ramadan will begin on 22 March. This date is subject to the moon sighting. This month is very important to Muslims and holds a lot of blessings. It is observed by fasting during the day and worshipping in other forms at night.
During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from sinning while increasing acts of good to seek the pleasure of Allah (SWT). Muslims also regularly give charity in this month, seek Allah’s (SWT) forgiveness, and help others in many ways.
Virtues of Ramadan
“Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said: ‘When Ramadan comes, the gates of Paradise are opened, the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained.’ (Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim)”
During Ramadan, Laylatul Qadr, the Night of Power, falls in the last 10 nights. This is the night that Allah (SWT) revealed the Qur’an to the last and final prophet, Muhammad (PBUH).
This night can fall on any of the last 10 odd nights, so it is essential to engage in acts of worship in the last ten nights to guarantee to reap the rewards of this night. One way to do this is to set up outgoing donations to charity for these 10 days.
Giving to charity is so important in Islam. If Allah (SWT) has blessed us with wealth, we should use it to help others for His sake. Muhammad, upon him, be peace, said: “Charity does not in any way decrease the wealth and the servant who forgives, Allah adds to his respect; and the one who shows humility, Allah elevates him in the estimation (of the people).” (Muslim)
Giving to others in charity also helps us in the next life: Prophet Muhammad, upon him, be peace, said, “Protect yourself from hell-fire even by giving a piece of date as charity.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Give a gift to a person in need this Ramadan and invest in your afterlife by donating to Orphans in Need. Donate here.
In Ramadan, the common greeting given is ‘Ramadan Mubarak’, meaning ‘happy Ramadan’ or ‘blessed Ramadan’.
There are many Ramadan wishes you can say to others. For example, ‘May this Ramadan bring lots of blessings, strengthen your relationship with Allah (SWT), and make you of the people of Paradise.’