Why is Ramadan the holiest month in Islamic culture?

Ramadan holiest month in Islamic culture; The month of Ramadan, the sultan of 11 months, which Muslims have been eagerly waiting for, has arrived. The Muslim world will have its first sahur tonight and the first fasts will be held tomorrow. With the coming of the month of Ramadan, Muslims began to explore the meaning and importance of the blessed month again. (Read about Ramadan 2022: When is Ramadan? explained)

The beginning of Ramadan fluctuates each year as the lunar Islamic calendar follows the phases of the moon. The beginning and end of the month of Ramadan are determined by a lunar observation committee in Saudi Arabia.

The committee starts the day after seeing the new crescent moon, as it is quite faint and only visible for about 20 minutes.

If the moon is not visible to the naked eye due to haze or clouds, lunar calculations are used to estimate whether it is in the sky.

Ramadan holiest month in Islamic culture

This year, Ramadan is expected to begin on April 2 and end on May 2 with the Eid al-Fitr celebrations.

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During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims build stronger relationships with Allah through fasting, selfless actions, and praying

The month of Ramadan has an important place in our religion for many reasons. First of all, the Quran, our holy book, started to be downloaded in the month of Ramadan. For this reason, this month is of great importance in our religion. On the other hand, fasting is observed in the month of Ramadan.

Fast; It is done by not eating or drinking anything between the imsak and evening prayers, and avoiding bad behaviour. Almighty Allah has made it obligatory for Muslims to fast this month. It is obligatory for every Muslim to fast during the month of Ramadan, except for those who are sick or mentally unstable. (Tips to Prepare for the holy Ramadan)

The holy night of power is in the month of Ramadan. In the month of Ramadan, people who are financially able to help the poor, people eat together, make iftar and strengthen their bonds. The purpose of fasting in this month is to understand a few people who have no condition, to put ourselves in their shoes, to see their difficulties and to empathize.

For this reason, every Muslim who is financially able should help those who are not in a situation and try to ensure that they do not experience difficulties.

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Hilal ibn Ali known as Muhammad al-Awsat was one of the sons of Ali. His grand mother was the eldest daughter of Muhammad, Zainab bint Muhammad and maternal uncle was Ali ibn Zainab.

Importance of Ramadan in Islam

  • The Quran was first revealed in the month of Ramadan.
  • Fasting during Ramadan is the fourth pillar of Islam among the five.
  • Fasting helps taqwa (performing deeds that please Allah and avoiding those that do not please Him).
  • Ramadan is known as the month of the Qur’an. It is highly recommended that you read and study the Holy Quran and share it with others during Ramadan.
  • The Night of Power or the Night of Power (Night of Power) is in this month, which is better than a thousand months.
  • In this holy month, the gates of heaven are opened, the gates of hell are closed, and demons are chained.
  • Umrah (shorter/small pilgrimage) in Ramadan is equivalent to Hajj (major pilgrimage).
  • Muslims celebrate Itikaaf (residing in the mosque for worship), especially during the last 10 days of this month during Ramadan.
  • It is very rewarding to give iftar to fasting people in Ramadan.
  • It is also highly recommended to give zakat (mandatory tax/donation – 2.5% of wealth/savings/wealth) and alms (voluntary charity) in Ramadan.
  • In an authentic hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (saas), it is stated that if we fast in Ramadan with faith and hope for reward, our past sins will be forgiven, provided that major sins are not committed.
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Holy Quran

THE FIVE PILLARS OF ISLAM

These guidelines are fundamental to the lives of Muslims.

Sawm: fasting from dawn until dusk during Ramadan

Shahadah: believing there is no deity but God and prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) as his messenger

Zakat: giving to charity

Salah: praying five times a day

Hajj: making the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once if able.

Why is Ramadan important?

The month of Ramadan has great importance in our religion and has a distinguished place among other months. Because our holy book, the Qur’an, started to be downloaded this month. The “night of power “, which is reported to be better than a thousand months in the Qur’an, is also celebrated in this month. 

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A scene in the courtyard of Masjid AnNabawi in Medina.

In addition, fasting, which is one of the basic worships of Islam, is also kept this month. For this reason, the month of Ramadan is the holiest month for Muslims, and it has been called “the sultan of eleven months”.

Ramadan is also the month of tolerance. Those who are purified from their worldly ambitions become much more compassionate and understanding towards the people around them.

The neighbours, who come together at the iftar tables, have the opportunity to have a long conversation with each other. In a hadith quoted by Buhari, it is stated that the devil is tied, the gates of hell are closed and the gates of heaven are opened wide in this month. (Ramadan holiest month in Islamic culture)

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