Friday, September 14, 2007

Ramadan - Month of Worship and Fasting

I waited for the MRT at Jurong East at 7:30pm today. It was fairly crowded but I noticed that there was not a single Malay at the platform. On analysis, I believe it is due to Ramadan. Today, I like to share on what Ramadan is and its significances.

The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root 'ramida' or 'ar-ramad', which means scorching heat or dryness. As the fundamental aspect of Ramadan is fasting, it is believed the name 'Ramadan' may signify the burning desire for drinking water and food. It may also refer to the belief that fasting with a pure intention and with religious blessings burns away the earlier sins.

According to the Muslim faith, observing the fast with absolute faith and unpolluted intentions will confer remittance of all his sins. It is believed that fasting midst the holy spirit of Ramadan is thirty times more potent than fasting any other time of the year.

The holy month of Ramadan commemorates two of the most significant events in the history of the Islamic religion. One of them is the belief that on this sacred month the first verses of the holy Quran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammad.

Another significant event that took place on the month of Ramadan is the Battle of Badr - which is the first battle between Mecca and Medina. Prophet Mohammad led the people of Medina against the pagan citizens of Mecca and with divine interventions manifested by the miracles of Allah; they won over the people of Mecca.
Hope you guys learnt something from my blog today too. Thanks for reading.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

He lost the second battle. This time god didn't help.Why?