Ramadan the Month of Purification and Forgiveness


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Ramadan the Month of Purification and Forgiveness

Allah has granted the Holy Month of Ramadan as a month for all Muslims to reflect on their lives and purify themselves from the sin has polluted their souls. Ramadan is a month set aside for the Muslim faithful to refresh and renew their lives and go back to the worshiping of Allah. In this holy month, all Muslims return to Allah to repent and beg Allah for His salvation. Allah’s messenger (may peace be upon him) is reported to have taught that during the Holy month of Ramadan, the gates of Paradise are left ajar and the devils are locked with chains in Hell.
Before the start of the Holy Month of Ramadan, Muslims must perform paigo, a religious cleansing act in which Muslims bathe their bodies in readiness for the official start of Ramadan. The performance on observance of paigo signifies the Muslims acceptance and willingness to embrace the essence of sacrifice that accompanies the Month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, Islamic men and women refrain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk. They also frequent the mosques for prayers made to Allah for forgiveness and purification.
Allah’s Apostle teaches that whosoever observes prayers faithfully during the nights of Ramadan and does this from a sincere heart is likely to receive His pardon. Allah is more concerned with the sincerity of the heart of the person making these prayers; therefore, it is impossible for show-offs to receive Allah’s pardon. Allah’s messenger also teaches on the importance of observing fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. In this regard, the Perfect Teacher reminds the faithful that whosoever observes the fast with a sincere aim of obtaining Allah’s forgiveness will receive the forgiveness from all sin.
Muslims who offer prayers, observe the fast during the holy month of Ramadan, and believes in the Messenger of Allah will receive Allah’s admission into Paradise. Islam implores its followers to ask Allah for Firdaus, for this is the last and the highest part of paradise where the Throne of Beneficent is located. It is from this throne that the rivers of Paradise originate. Those who observe the teachings of the Holy Qur’an and believe in Allah’s Apostle are likely to be admitted to this part of paradise.
During the month of Ramadan, boys are forbidden from looking into the eyes of girls who are not their wives. This prohibition is meant to prevent the boys from having lustful thoughts, which would plunge them into sin and pollution of their hearts. Islamic teaching also gives guidance to followers on how to reflect on their lives and stay pure. One of the major teachings of Islam is that the faithful should seek forgiveness of those they have wronged and forgive those who have wronged them. It is the month of forgives for all. Ramadan also provides an opportunity for the Muslims to understand the needy and the less fortunate in their midst. To crown it all, Ramadan is a time set a part for the strengthening of self-sacrifice and self-discipline.

Posted: 2013-07-18

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