Ramadan (Ramazan or Ramzan): The holy month

- Pakistani

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar which is celebrated from beginning to end as holy. In fact, many regard it as the holiest time of the Muslim year. Muslims believes that during this month Shayateen (Satans) are locked away in chains, and the first verses of the Quran were revealed and Laylat-ul-Qadr is to be found.

The month of Ramadan, in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between what is right and wrong)”  Surat Al-Baqarah v 185

This year Ramazan is expected to begin on or around July 20, 2012 and will finish on or around August 19, 2012. The exact dates cannot be determined in advance, due to the nature of the Islamic lunar calendar. Estimates are based on expected visibility of the moon and it may vary according to location.
Islam uses a lunar calendar; the month of Ramazan comes around 11 days earlier each successive year.

The actual night that the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad P.B.U.H is called Lailat-ul-Qadr; to stand in prayer on this one night is said to be better than a thousand months of worship. No one knows for sure on which particular night the Quran was first revealed, but it is said to be one of the last ten nights of Ramadan. Our beloved country Pakistan came into existence on 27th of the Ramadan.

Ramadan is often called ‘month of the Quran because of this, Muslims recite as much of the Quran as they can during the month. Most mosques will recite one thirtieth of the Quran each night during the Taraweeh prayers.

Muslims believe that their good actions bring a greater reward during the month of Ramazan than at any other time of year, because this month has been blessed by Allah. They also believe that it is easier to do good in this month because the devils have been chained in Hell, and so can’t tempt believers.

May Allah Almighty enable all of us to spend Ramazan as He ordered.