Posted by: alqamardesigns | August 21, 2009

Ramadhan Mubarak – The Month of Quran & Feeding the Fasting

Assalamu Alaikum waRahmatullahi waBarakatuh

InshaAllah you are well.

Ramadhan Mubarak, the Month of Quran and feeding the fasting has returned!

Ramadhaan has a special relationship with the Quran, as Allah says in the interpretation of the meaning: “The month of Ramadhaan is the one in which the Quran was sent down, a guidance for mankind, clear proofs for the guidance, the Criterion; so whoever amongst you witnesses this month, let him fast it.” [Quran 2:185)

The word ‘so’ in this ayah leads to the following paraphrase of one aspect of its meaning: “Fast this month because it is the one in which the Quran was sent down”.

Ibn ‘Abbaas narrates “that the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, was the most generous person, and he would be at his most generous in Ramadhaan because Angel Jibreel (Gabriel) would come to him every night and he would rehearse the Quran with him.” [Al-Bukhaari]

This hadeeth contains the following recommendations that we can take heed from:

  • Studying the Quran in Ramadhaan

  • Coming together for this purpose

  • Checking (one’s memory/knowledge of) the Quran with someone who has preserved it better

  • Increasing recitation of the Quran in Ramadhaan and

  • That the night time is the best time to recite, when other preoccupations decrease and it is easier to concentrate, as in Soorah al-Muzzammil [73:6].

Further, Faatimah, may Allaah be pleased with her, narrated from her father the Prophet Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam,  who told her: Jibreel would rehearse the Quran with him (in Ramadhaan) once every year, and he did so twice in the year of his death. [Al-Bukhaari]

About the situation of the Salaf (our righteous predecessors) during Ramadhaan,  Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali said:

“… Some of the Salaf would complete reciting the whole Quran during the night prayer of Ramadhaan every 3 days; others every 7 days (e.g. Qataadah) and others in 10 days (e.g. Abu Rajaa’ al-Atardi).The Salaf would recite Quran in Ramadhaan in Prayer as well as outside it.

Al-Zuhri would say when Ramadhaan began, ‘It is recitation of the Quran and feeding of people.’

Then Ramadhaan began, Imam Maalik would stop narrating Hadeeth and sitting with the people of knowledge, and stick to reciting the Quran from its pages, while Sufyaan al-Thawri would leave other acts of worship and stick to reciting the Quran.

‘Aishah would recite from the pages of the Quran at the beginning of the day in Ramadhaan (i.e. after Dawn), until when the sun had risen, then she would sleep.

Zayd al-Yaami would bring copies of the Quran when Ramadhaan began and gather his companions around him. …”

“O mankind! There has come to you a good advice from your Lord (i.e. the Qur’aan, enjoining all that is good and forbidding all that is evil), and a healing for that which is in your hearts” [Yoonus 10:57]

Allahuma Balighna Ramadan (Oh Allah, Grant us Ramadan)

Jazak Allahu Khair

Abu Affan


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  1. Ramadan mubarak!

  2. During the blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs during the daylight hours. As a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self-sacrifice, Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking.

    Muslims are called upon to use this month to re-evaluate their lives in light of Islamic guidance. We are to make peace with those who have wronged us, strengthen ties with family and friends, do away with bad habits — essentially to clean up our lives, our thoughts, and our feelings. The Arabic word for “fasting” (sawm) literally means “to refrain” – and it means not only refraining from food and drink, but from evil actions, thoughts, and words.

    During Ramadan, every part of the body must be restrained. The tongue must be restrained from backbiting and gossip. The eyes must restrain themselves from looking at unlawful things. The hand must not touch or take anything that does not belong to it. The ears must refrain from listening to idle talk or obscene words. The feet must refrain from going to sinful places. In such a way, every part of the body observes the fast.

    Therefore, fasting is not merely physical, but is rather the total commitment of the person’s body and soul to the spirit of the fast. Ramadan is a time to practice self-restraint; a time to cleanse the body and soul from impurities and re-focus one’s self on the worship of God.

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