Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Every day in this Holy month, Muslims in the entire world dedicate the daytime hours in a whole fast.
Within the exceptional month of Ramadan, Muslim all over the world avoids food, drink, as well as other edible requirements during daytime. As a moment to refine the soul, transfer their attentions on Allah, and pertained self-sacrifice, Ramadan is actually more than just not eating and drinking.
Fasting in Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam
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Many people fast longer hours than others
A lot of people fast longer hours as compared to the other people. This is actually based on the location where you live.For the Muslims, living in Australia, they are expected to fast for a little more than nine hours although the Muslims in Sweden are expected to fast for more than twenty hours. On the other hand, Nigerians expected to fast for over fourteen hours. Pakistanis are fasting for almost sixteen hours.
As we all know that Ramadan belongs to Muslim calendar which is a lunar calendar, the date is just not fixed. Basically the lunar month is ten or eleven days smaller as compared to the Gregorian calendar. Thus, Ramadan comes 11 days earlier each year and requires approximately three years to turn back a month.
Fasting in Ramadan contains health benefit. According to the research, done in 1997 in the Annals of Nutrition Metabolism, fasting lessened the Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) or bad levels of cholesterol at the rate of almost 8 percent, triglyceride by 30 percent, and enriched good cholesterol or High Density Cholesterol (HDL) levels at almost 14.3 percent and hence protecting your heart health from heart disease.
Some Ways to maximize your reward this Ramadan INSHALLAH:
Straighten up your plan
Why are you fasting? Are you fasting to please the people? Are you fasting because you don’t want to be the odd one out? Or is it to satisfy ALLAH and obey Him as well as to follow the sunnah of Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).
Control your eating and be disciplined with your food
Excess of food makes you weak for your pray, makes you sleep, eliminates understanding and it is bad for you. So be disciplined and eat in a limit.
Keep an eye on your Ibadat
Perhaps you have a plan which you follow. So don’t bur it out in the initial days. Little and regularly is better.
Read as much Quran as possible
Ramadan is the month of Quran. So, spend most of your time on this and use this Holy month to relink with the Book ALLAH.
Avoid you daily entertainments
Try to avoid your daily entertainment and time pass activities such as TV, games supports, movies etc. Every second of this month is like gold so do not waste your time on all these useless activities and also don’t waste this month on using Facebook and Twitter.
Use this month as a launch-pad for the rest of the year
Ask forgiveness from people whom you hurt, implement changes into your life and also make a strategy of how you will improve between this Ramadan and next Ramadan.
Avoid swearing and foul speech
Just avoid useless and foul chat as well as swearing in this month. Protect your tongue, particularly in this Holy month.
You must be extra-generous in this Holy month and certify that you give something every day even if is a single penny.
ALLAH loves all these actions. You are following the sunnah along with billions of Muslims in all over the world so smile and enjoy the blessings that ALLAH Almighty has placed in this Holy month of Ramadan.