The purpose of Ramadan
Allah talks about the greatness of Ramadan at sura Al- Baqra “The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an “
The most inspiring part in this passage is that Allah didn’t describe this month as a month of fasting nor as a month of prayer! He describes it as a month in which Qur’an was sent down. And He described it in a passive way. He first introduced the Qur’an, Allah highlighted the Quran to show us the role and importance of Quran.
The first deed that you have to think doing in Ramadan is reciting Quran, in order to fix your relation with Quran and Allah. Not just Reading but also understanding and reflecting it on your daily life. In this month Allah wants us to remember what does make us a distinct nation. We have the truthful revelation and we have our own month of fasting. In this month we express and celebrate our Muslim identity. We celebrate our constitution to remember our message in this life.“a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion”
It’s a guidance for all people. The previous nations believed that guidance is just for them. But not this time, it’s revealed for the people who are going to observe the month of Ramadan and celebrate this Holy Book by renewing the relation with the Quran. And to let the Quran verses run in their blood stream. After that, they will share Quran with the rest of humanity to be guided by the Quran!
So, That was the purpose of Ramadan, to get Muslims nation back to their correct track!
Let’s compare the enormous amazing messages in Ramadan to what we’ve reduced Ramadan to! It becomes a month of cooking varieties of Food! It becomes a month of watching series and TV all day and night. And this is not the great reality of Ramadan that we should seek. As Ramadan is a month of worship, Allah remembrance, night prayer, doing Sadaqah (charity), etc. It is not only about some specific Islamic practices, as these practices do exist along the whole year, but the reward of Ibadah (The Islamic practices) is the greatest ever!
This month is built upon a grand spirit. It has a huge identity. Ramadan is the month for Muslims nation to solve the identity crisis which we suffer from.
That was it supposed to be…
شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِي أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِّنَ الْهُدَىٰ وَالْفُرْقَانِ
This is the month in which truly we have to show Allah that we are grateful for having the Quran. And to read more Quran. To understand more Quran. To Memorize more Quran. To really become people of the Quran in this month and the following months after Ramadan till the end of life. May Allah grant us the the sweetness of reciting the Holy Quran on the form that you are Allah pleased with, Ameen.
Written by Shaykh Hazem Hamed