What is Ramadan
it is the very special month of the Islamic calendar because in this particular month Muslim across the world observes fast which means they spent whole day in hunger. Fasting starts with the dawn and ends as the sun sets. Fasting is one of the pillars of Islam and it became obligatory in the 2nd Hijra. While fasting,all the Muslims must abstain from drinking, eating, smoking and any unethical things or actions. Fasting is not the new Islamic concept, it was obligatory on all previous nations as well. According to Hadith the fasting was made obligatory so that Muslims can purify their souls and body. The other specialty of the month of Ramadan is the revelation of the Holy Quran. In holy Quran it is clearly mentioned that Quran is revealed in the last ten days of the month of Ramadan. And it is stated in the several Hadith that Muslim should pray in the last ten days of Ramadan and should ask for forgiveness from Allah because in this month Allah opens the door of heaven.
It is also mentioned in the hadith that Allah himself arranges everything which is required in this month like food. Muslims should give zakat (charity) because rewards are doubled in the Ramadan. Moreover in this month the expenses of the households are increased so if anyone gives charity then poor can also keep fast in this spiritual month. Fasting is not limited to food; your tongue should be restraining from all type of bad or unethical things so that your Muslim brother may not hurt by your words. And your ear should avoid listening anything wrong as Allah sees everything he is so close to your heart.
Why Ramadan is Compulsory?
Fasting is compulsory for all of the adults male and female and once child reaches the age of puberty then he or she is obliged to keep the fast in the month of Ramadan. The best thing about this month is that it really beautifies the mosques and people get chance to meet each other in mosques and in the Iftar parties as well. Ramadan in the summers has very long duration and Prophet Muhammad (saww) said that Allah loves those who keep fast in the summers. No doubt the thirst annoys a lot in the scorching heat of summer but even then if you keep fast Allah will reward you in this life and life hereafter. One of the gifts of the Ramadan from Allah is the Eid-ul-Fitr which Muslims celebrate right after the end of Ramadan.