Ramadan, the Holy month!
"O you who believe! fasting is prescribed to you as it was
prescribed to those before you, that you may learn self-restraint." - The Holy Quran
The holy month of Ramadan is the 9th month of
the Muslim calendar when all Muslims "Fast" or refrain from eating from
dawn till dusk. It is also believed that during this holy month, the Quran was revealed
(believed to be on the 27th day of Ramadan - "Laylat al
Qadr" or "The Night of Power") to the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) as a
means of guidance and salvation to mankind.
It has been reported by the way of Abu Hurairah (RAA) that the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)
said that Allah (SWT) Says in a Hadith Al-Qudsi: "All services of the son of Adam are
for him except fasting. It is for Me, and I will reward him for it. Fasting is a shield.
On the day you fast, do not use obscenity, nor yell at others, nor act ignorantly towards
them. However, if anyone abuses you verbally or attempts to draw you to fight with him,
say 'I am fasting' two times. The Prophet (PBUH) then stated: I swore by the One (Allah)
in Whose Hand is the soul of Muhammad, the breath of the faster is sweeter to Allah on the
Day of the Judgment than the scent of musk. A fasting person experiences enjoyment twice:
he is pleased when he breaks his fast, and he is pleased when he meets his Creator"