What is Ramzan?

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What is Ramzan?

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  1. Ramadaan is one of the twelve Arabic months. It is a month which is venerated in the Islamic religion, and it is distinguished from the other months by a number of characteristics and virtues, including the following:

    1 – Allaah has made fasting this month the fourth pillar of Islam, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):

    So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan i.e. is present at his home), he must observe Sawm (fasts) that month…” [al-Baqarah 2:185]

    2 – Allaah revealed the Qur’aan in this month,

    “The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’aan, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong)…”. [al-Baqarah 2:185]

    And Allaah says

    “Verily, We have sent it (this Qur’aan) down in the Night of Al-Qadr (Decree).” [al-Qadr 97:1]

    3 – Allaah has made Laylat al-Qadr in this month, which is better than a thousand months.

    Verily, We have sent it (this Qur’aan) down in the Night of Al-Qadr (Decree).

    And what will make you know what the Night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is?

    The Night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allaah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years and 4 months).

    Therein descend the angels and the Rooh [Jibreel (Gabriel)] by Allaah’s Permission with all Decrees,

    (All that night), there is peace (and goodness from Allaah to His believing slaves) until the appearance of dawn”. [al-Qadar 97:1-5]

    Allaah has blessed Ramadaan with Laylat al-Qadr.

    Explaining the great status of this blessed night, there are many ahaadeeth which also speak of that,

    Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said : “There has come to you Ramadaan, a blessed month which Allaah has enjoined you to fast, during which the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed, and the rebellious devils are chained up. In it there is a night which is better than a thousand months, and whoever is deprived of its goodness is indeed deprived.”

    Narrated by al-Nasaa’i, 2106; Ahmad, 8769. classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 999.

    And Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever spends Laylat al-Qadr in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward, will be forgiven his previous sins.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1910; Muslim, 760.

    4 – Allaah has made fasting Ramadaan and spending its nights in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward a means of forgiveness of sins,

    the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah according to which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever fasts Ramadaan out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” (al-Bukhaari, 2014; Muslim, 760)

    5 – In this month, Allaah opens the gates of Paradise and closes the gates of Hell, and chains up the devils,

    Abu Hurayrah said that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When Ramadaan comes, the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained up.” (al-Bukhaari, 1898; Muslim, 1079)

    7 – Fasting Ramadaan is a means of expiation for the sins committed since the previous Ramadaan, so long as one avoids major sins.

    The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The five daily prayers, from one Jumu’ah to the next and from one Ramadaan to the next are the expiation for (sins committed) in between, so long as you avoid major sins.” Saheeh Muslim (233)

    9 – Whoever prays qiyaam in Ramadaan with the imam until he finishes, it will be recorded for him that he spent the whole night in prayer,

    Abu Dharr (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever prays qiyaam with the imam until he finishes, it will be recorded for him that he spent the whole night in prayer.” Abu Dawood (1370)

    Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Salaat al-Taraaweeh, p. 15

    10 – ‘Umrah in Ramadaan is equivalent to Hajj. Al-Bukhaari (1782) and Muslim (1256) narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to a woman among the Ansaar, “What kept you from doing Hajj with us?” She said, “We only had two camels that we used for bringing water.” So her husband and son had gone for Hajj on one camel, and he left the other for them to use for bringing water.” He said, “When Ramadaan comes, go for ‘Umrah, for ‘Umrah in Ramadaan is equivalent to Hajj.” According to a report narrated by Muslim, “… is equivalent to doing Hajj with me.”

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    Answered Jul 3, 2016
    The word Ramzan or Ramadan means-

    Rama means to perfect; to perfect your religion practices by devoting time in prayers and fasting during the day.

    In the month of Ramzan, the followers of Islam should pray namaz on its scheduled time, to perform various rituals and prayers during these days, doing good to mankind and helping others and do social work.

    So as I said the word Rama means to perfect the things, then one might think that how one could try to be perfect during this month?

    The answer is the followers of islam are supposed to perform prayers and all good things throughout there life,

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