Editor: Wednesday marks the beginning of the month of Ramadan and Muslims all over the world will fast from sunrise to sunset. It is a month of good and blessings, a month of fasting and prayer, a month of mercy, a month of forgiveness and emancipation from the Fire. Above all, it is a month of generosity, kindness, giving, doing good and benevolence.
Fasting is not only in Islam but in all religions as stated in the Holy Quran chapter 2, verse 184: “O ye who believe, fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you so that you may attain righteousness.” Although different religions fast in different ways, the purpose is the same, which is to attain the nearness of God.
One of the blessings of this month is that the good deeds are multiplied, the gates of Paradise are opened, the gates of the Fire are closed. So, it is upon us to thank Allah and to seize its opportunities with that which Allah has legislated and willed, such as occupying the day with its fast, competing in all avenues of good, and filling the night with prayer, recitation of the Quran, remembrance, righteousness, and benevolence.
May God bless everyone during the month of Ramadan.
Imam Khalid Khan