Significance of Ramadan: The reason behind the name
Allah has named the 9th month of the Islamic lunar year as Ramadan in the Holy Quran. Like other lunar months, it lasts either 29 or 30 days, depending on when the new crescent moon is visible.
The name ‘Ramadan’ is mentioned only once in the Quran in verse no. 185 of Surah al-Baqarah. This name is not mentioned anywhere else in 113 other Surahs of the Qur’an. Why not, only Allah knows the best.
In the light of the blessings that Allah has bestowed on a person with limited knowledge and wisdom, the experts and scholars have come a long way in analyzing the meaning and significance of the word ‘Ramadan’.
In this article, we will briefly shed light on the reasons behind naming the month of Ramadan as Ramadan.
Significance of Ramadan: Why this month is called Ramadan?
The root metal of the Arabic word ‘Ramadan’ is “Ramada”. The word Ramada literally means burning, scorching, and turning to ashes. This month has been named Ramadan because of the burning sensation of the fasting person due to hunger and thirst. To describe this burning and suffering, it is said in Arabic that fasting is burnt or incinerated. This month of fasting has been named Ramadan because of the burning sensation of hunger and thirst.
Another reason for naming this month Ramadan is the Arabic term Ramadan connotes intense heat. Scholars say that in pre-Islamic Arabia, Ramadan was the name of a scorching hot summer month. However, In the Islamic calendar, the timing of Ramadan varies from year to year. This year, Ramadan begins in most places on April 13, 2021. An Islamic year is roughly 10 or 11 days shorter than a Gregorian year.
Another reason for naming this month Ramadan is the good deeds that people who observe fast do in this month. It burns and destroys the previous sins of his life. We find such statements in the hadith from the Prophet (SAW).
What is the significance of Ramadan?
The Prophet (SAW) said: Ramadan is a month whose first decade is full of mercy. The second decade is set for forgiveness and pardon. And the last decade has been chosen as a way to escape from hell.
Ramadan is a period of gaining spiritual growth through fasting. It is also one of the five ‘pillars of Islam’. The others being Iman (declaration of faith), five daily prayers, Zakah, and Hajj (the pilgrimage to Makkah). It is obligatory for every able-bodied Muslim to abstain from drinking, eating, and sexual intercourse from dawn to sunset each day of this month. Many practicing Muslims also perform additional Nafl prayers (especially at night) and attempt to recite the entire Qur’an at least once or many times. It was in one of the final ten nights of this blessed month that the Quran was first revealed to the nearest heaven of the earth.
The significance of fasting the whole month of Ramadan
Ramadan is likened to a spiritual training camp. By fasting over an extended period of time (i.e. one lunar month), practicing Muslims aim to foster certain attitudes. And also values that they would be able to cultivate over the course of an entire year.
Besides, experiencing feelings of hunger and thirst, Muslims often have to deal with fatigue because of late-night prayers and predawn meals. This is especially true during the last decade of this blessed month. In addition to being the period in which the Qur’an has been first revealed, this is a time when rewards of good deeds are being multiplied. Many Muslims will offer additional Nafl prayers during this period.
After the end of month-long fasting, one of two major Islamic festivals, Eid ul-Fitr begins. On this day, Muslims are seen to attend a religious service, visit relatives and friends, and exchange gifts with each other.