It's the year 2023, and the holy month of Ramadan is upon us yet again; a month in which Muslims are to fast, pray, seek God's mercy and draw closer to Him.
As Muslims, there are things scholars enjoin Faithfuls to avoid in the Holy month of Ramadan and there are things these same scholars enjoin Muslims to do.
In this article, we will focus on certain things that the Quran, the prophet and Islamic scholars enjoin Muslims to do more in the holy month of Ramadan to maximise the blessings of the month of Ramadan.
If as Muslims, these things are done accordingly, surely such Islamic faithful will have the best of the month and will enjoy every blessing that comes with Ramadan.
Below are ten things Every Muslim should do in this Holy Month of Ramadan.
Observing the obligatory Salawaat - five daily prayers - is significant during the Holy month.
Muslims have no reason to skip salat during Ramadan.
Observing the five times daily prayers will help intensify all the purposes of fasting in the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Muslims are encouraged to pay Zakat ul Fitr before the Eid prayers following Ramadan.
This is done so that the needy, destitute, and underprivileged can also enjoy the festival with joy and happiness in their heart.
Because of the blessings that Ramadan comes with, Muslims are encouraged to devote extra time to reading the Holy Quran.
Scholars claim that for each letter of the Quran read during the Holy Month, one earns triple gifts.
Many Islamic causes could aid in spreading the teachings of the deen, which Muslims are urged to do during Ramadan.
Worthy causes may include donating to the publication of Islamic sensitisation materials or sponsoring radio and television programmes to spread the message of Islam
The Night of Majesty – Laylatul Qadr – is observed towards the end of the Holy month and Muslims are enjoined to double their acts of Ibadah during the period to enjoy its benefits.
It is also suggested to visit Muslim brothers and sisters who are ill and might not be able to observe the holy month's fast.
It is anticipated that this will strengthen the Ummah as a whole and give them a sense of unity.
It is intended that throughout the days of the Holy Month, Muslims will perform various acts of Ibadah to honour Allah.
It is advisable to read the Quran and recite its verses to strengthen your relationship with Allah.
Many Muslims are fasting with no resources to sustain the fast – both in the evening and by midnight.
Muslims, especially those with financial means, are strongly exhorted to support their fellow Muslims by providing meals for the less privileged.
It is also advised in Islam that Muslims mingle with fellow Muslims in the Holy month.
It is more pronounced for the privileged in society to mix with those on the lower rung of the societal ladder – both in the Holy month and afterwards.
Finally, Islam is about peace, and Ramadan provides excellent opportunities to promote the message of love, particularly to non-Muslims.
Scholars exhort Muslims to embrace peace even when provoked by stating, "I am fasting, I am fasting." Such peaceful behaviour is encouraged to continue following Ramadan.
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