Ramadan: Month of spiritual
pleasures and blessings
By Essa bin Mohammed Al Zedjali , Chief Editor ,
Times of Oman
The Muslim brethren
across the world welcome the holy month of Ramadan and observe the
occasion with devoutness in an atmosphere surcharged with veneration,
righteousness and piety. A marvellous gift from Allah and one of the dearest
occasions in ways more than one, the month offers unique opportunity to
every single Muslim all over the world to renew and strengthen our relation
and ties with the Lord and with our own selves.
It is an opportunity and a providence granted by divinity to every single
Muslim brother and sister to open his or her records of deeds, take a
re-look and to appeal to the Almighty Allah to bestow on him or her His
mercy and forgiveness. The holy month of Ramadan, as majority of us look at
it, is an opportunity to shift from wrong to right and tread along the path
of rectitude, scrupulousness and morality.
The mosques across the world are therefore justifiably filled with
worshippers almost round the clock with worshippers offering their prayers,
atoning and vying with each other in their pursuits for doing good deeds —
something which ought not to remain restricted within the holy month of
Ramadan only and end as the month ends. Ramadan, in fact, ought to be made a
turning point in our lives — a milestone in redefining the benchmark of our
lives — encouraging us to continue with our good deeds throughout the year
The holy occasion offers opportunities to evil doers and sinners to repent
and atone for all the wrongs committed, reinvent the essential purity that
we all have within us and re-emerge like the pristine gold never been
ravished by impurities for making human ornaments. This is an opportunity
offered to the evil doers and sinners by the Almighty to redeem themselves
from all their evil deeds and sins and thereby relieve themselves of all the
blemishes and triumph over all that is dark.
The spiritually surcharged genus loci of Ramadan is a divine gift to all of
us to uplift ourselves from all that is mundane, empower ourselves and
improve ourselves both individually and collectively through our prayers,
seeking the divine clemency, doing good deeds to the best of our abilities
and turning away from sins. For it is the spring time in the ‘Garden of
Islam’ when even parched earth and dry leaves of trees come back to life. It
is the time when our body, mind and soul are most purified. It is the time
when spirituality in the atmosphere motivate us most to do good that heaven
bodes us all en route to paradise.
The month of Ramadan, during which Allah showers on Muslims His mercy,
forgiveness and blessings, sets the right model for all of us that we ought
to follow throughout the year and adhere to His commands through recital of
the verses of the holy Quran, dutifully perform our rituals and give Zakat
(alms) on time and offer our prayers in time waking up at the right time at
These activities must be practised throughout the year and not just during
the 29/30 days of the month of Ramadan to secure His mercy and to escape the
torture of Hell.
Are we ready to welcome the blessed month of Ramadan, which is now standing
poised at our doorsteps loaded with blessings to redeem us? We pray to all
Muslim brothers and sisters welcome warmly the blessed month and to be
prepared to receive the benefits of the holy occasion. But preparation for
Ramadan does not entail daily shopping at supermarkets and dry fruit
outlets. Neither is it the eager wait for the Ramadan entertainment
programmes on TV. It is essentially a spiritualistic preparation of our
minds, souls and bodies to receive Allah’s forgiveness and mercy that are
showered on us in wanton generosity throughout the month.
Dear Muslim brothers and sisters, this is a golden opportunity being offered
to you by the merciful to reinvent the treasures of your religion, earn and
secure all what you have missed in your pre-Ramadan life — the mercy and
forgiveness from the compassionate and merciful Allah and take a step closer
to the Almighty. And let not these objectives remain limited only in the
month of Ramadan alone. Let these objectives guide your lives for the whole
In the concordances of rituals, customs and traditions followed during the
month with little differences across the world Ramadan has its own flavour
in all Muslim countries. And all these are practised to help ourselves to
come a bit more closer to Allah.
On the ensuing advent of the holy month of Ramadan, let us pray to Almighty
Allah to protect our beloved nation, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and
Muslims all over the world. We pray to Almighty Allah to turn all our
aspirations and hopes into realities.
Ramadan has a special place in the hearts of all Muslims. The fasting is one
of the five pillars of Islam. During the month of Ramadan, the gates for
doing good deeds open and favours/advantages shower on all who fast seeking
The first third of this holy month is the days of mercy, the second ten days
are the days of forgiveness of Allah and the last one-third, is freedom from
Hell for believers. During the month of Ramadan each of us unite and join
our families, relatives and friends to spend the days of fasting and enjoy
the delicious food and drinks specially prepared for the month.
There are some differences in the traditions followed during the month of
Ramadan among the Arabs and Muslims. But each of them has withstood the acid
test of time through ages because of their strong religious roots. And each
of them, we are convinced will prevail and pass to the next generations.
The family gathering following the Tarawih prayers represents an open forum
for adults and elderly people to pass their advice and guidance to the young
Muslims and posterity to remind them things they may have missed.
The Imams, preachers at the mosques and parents have their active roles in
advising the young Muslims and children on how a Muslim should behave in
light of the Islamic teachings. Ramadan is one of the holiest periods in
Islam. Allah revealed the Holy Quran to his messenger Muhammad (PBUH) during
the month of Ramadan, particularly at the Laylat Al Qadr (The Night of
Power) — the holiest of all nights in the entire month, which is probably
observed on the night of the 27th of Ramadan providing guidance for the
people, clear teachings. Many Muslim scholars, however, say it is on the
last ten days of the month of Ramadan, without setting a define date. We
have to refrain from activities and thoughts that can ruin the graciousness
of the holy month in our efforts to come closer to Allah.
We must realise that, contrary to some popular perceptions, the month is not
about watching the so called ‘The Ramadan Drama’ or serials aired by TV
It is the time to focus all our minds, souls, bodies and energies to
securing maximum blessings and mercy of the compassionate Allah and collect
all other advantages that the holy month so graciously offers and ensures.
We take the opportunity of the blessed month of Ramadan in praying to the
Almighty Allah to unite our Arab nation so that we can confront the dangers
and challenges that threaten them and to guide us to the right path lest we
make mistakes and chide us if we indulge in sins.
Courtesy: Times of Oman