Ramadan is a month of blessings and mercy. It is a time when all the gates of hell are closed and the doors of paradise are open. We all want to multiply our good deeds to get unlimited rewards from Allah. In this blog, you will learn the significance of Ramadan and how to spend Ramadan 2023 in a more meaningful way with a list of good deeds.
Significance of Ramadan
As we seek to transform our relationship with Allah during this holy month of Ramadan, we also have wonderful opportunities to do good for others. All this can be achieved by praying five times, reciting the Quran, quitting any bad habits, giving charity in Ramadan, and more.
The Prophet (SAW) said: ”Do as many good deeds as you can, for Allah does not get tired (of giving reward) until you get tired. And the most beloved of deeds to Allah are those that are continuous, even if they are few”.
When does Ramadan 2023 start?
In Pakistan, the blessed month of Ramadan is expected to begin on March 23, 2023. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Hijri calendar and is among the most important ones in a lunar year.
“Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, so that you may learn piety and righteousness.” (Surah Al-Baqarah: 2:183)
How to Spend Ramadan?
Fast from Sunrise to Sunset
Fasting is an essential component of Ramadan. All Muslims have to fast from dawn until dusk and follow certain rules and rituals.
We all know the significance of Ramadan and that fasting is a compulsory act of worship for healthy Muslim men and women. But Allah has provided some ease for people who are traveling, sick, elderly, children, pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, and menstruating women.
Offering Five Prayers
We cannot truly value the significance of Ramadan if we don’t maintain the habit of offering prayers five times a day. For men, it is ideal to offer prayers in a mosque at a specific time in a congregation, and women can select a quiet and peaceful corner at their homes to offer their prayers.
Recite the Holy Quran
One of the ways to value the significance of Ramadan is by developing the habit of reciting the Quran each day to understand the Quranic text and its meaning and strengthen our faith and relationship with Allah.
“The month of Ramadan [is that] in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for the people, and clear proofs of guidance and criteria.” (Quran 2:184)
The significance of Ramadan is to gain the virtue of taqwa (piety) by not engaging in anything that goes against Allah’s will, such as lying, theft, or adultery. The path to Taqwa is the path to a better life. This Ramadan, we can commit to ourselves that we will quit all the bad habits to have a closer and deeper relationship with Allah.
All Muslims are not as blessed as we are. So, we must take care of the underprivileged people around us by helping them to provide suhoor and iftar.
“Whoever helps to break the fast of a fasting person (giving food), he will have the same reward as him without decreasing anything from the reward of the fasting person.” (Sunan At-Tirmizi)
One Good Habit Each Day
For the next 30 days, let’s commit to a new, positive habit that will have lasting effects on our character and morality throughout the year. For example, think about incorporating more acts of worship into your life, or adding a sunnah. You could try reading a few verses from the Quran every day or doing charity in Ramadan and as much as you can.
Donate Zakat in Ramadan
An essential part of Islam’s faith, Zakat is both a moral imperative and a financial contribution. A portion of every Muslim’s wealth must be given to charity. It is believed that paying Zakat purifies earnings that go beyond meeting basic needs. You can donate in Ramadan in various ways, like by offering food to the needy, buying Eid gifts for orphans, helping a deserving patient, or making monetary donations to any organization. You should use a Zakat Calculator to know the exact amount you need to pay.
As mentioned in the Quran: “And in their wealth, there was a rightful share for one who asks and for one who is deprived.” (Surah Ad-Dzariyat, verse 19)
“Believe in Allah and His Messenger, and spend (in charity) out of the (substance) whereof He has made you heirs. For those of you who believe and spend (in charity), for them is a great Reward.” (Surah Al-Hadid, 57:7)
We can learn about the true significance of Ramadan when we put our efforts into earning rewards as much as possible because no one knows whether or not a person will live to welcome this month in the coming year. Therefore, doing good increases the likelihood of gaining the greatest possible reward.