Ramadan – Ramadan is the ninth month of the Hijri calendar and is regarded as the most pious month for Muslims across the world. Muslims observe fast from early morning to evening all around the world. Fasting means nothing to eat and drink and avoid wrong doing even talking bad. It is farz (obligatory) for all adult Muslims. The predawn meal taken is called Sehri and the evening breaking fast is called Iftar. Muslims believe that Quran was first revealed to Prophet Mohammad during the holy month of Ramadan.
The month of Ramadan is divided into three Ashras that is each of 10 days. These Ashras are known as
- Ashra of Mercy (Rahmat of Allah – First 10 days
- Ashra of Forgiveness (Maghfirat) – The mid 10 days
- Ashra of safety from Hellfire (Nijaat) – Last 10 days
Last Ashra – The last Ashra of the holy month of Ramadan starts on the 21st day of Ramadan and ends 29th or 30th day of Ramadan. This Ashra is most important due to the occurrence of the last Friday or Juma (Jumatul-Vida) and Layla Tul Qadr. Layla Tul Qadr is regarded as a better night than nights of thousand months. Muslims believe that it is the night when verses of the Quran were descended upon Prophet Mohammad. It is believed that this night occurs on the odd nights of this ashra may be the 21st, 23rd, or 27th of Ramadan. Muslims pray the whole night on these days for nijaat that is seeking refuge from Hellfire.
Ramadan also allows for all the devotees to be saved from the Hellfire. In the holy month of Ramadan, a Muslim is also blessed with a night (Laila-tul-Qadr) that is better than a thousand months.