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How Ramadan Becomes a Month of Misunderstanding

Updated on May 6, 2019
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Imran is an anthropologist who researches and writes on self-improvement.

Hail Ramadan

When the holy month of Ramadan marks its auspicious presence, the believers transform themselves to live a pious life that is different from the remaining months.
The dynamics of the muslim world change to honor and adhere to the demands of the month.
Muslims take great pleasure in both fasting as well as devoting themselves to the will of the only God ALLAH. Especially in the month of Ramadan.
They find the month a blessing and consider themselves lucky to have another reedeming opportunity to worship Allah.

Let us first look at the attributes unique to Ramadan only:

  • Mandatory fasting (one of the five pillars of Islam).
  • Special prayers at night (Taraawih).
  • In the last ten days of the month, a spiritual night that's better than 1000 nights (Lailatul Qadr).

These rituals keep muslims extremely busy throughout the month.

Below are the specific blessings of the sacred month:

  • The reward of an obligatory prayer is seventy times higher.
  • The prize of voluntary and optional prayers measure as same as that of compulsory.
  • Deeds reap greater benefits.
  • Purity of soul and wealth transpire.
  • The optional pilgrimage (umrah) carries significance and worth as same as Hajj (Mandatory Pilgrimage).

Prayers, supplications, fasting, etc are the course of actions a person must follow to become a true muslim. They are formulated to encourage a regular flow of good deeds indefinitely. Besides, They are enforcements for the faith to exhibit culmination, strength, and confidence.
But, they are mistakenly considered as the sole significance of Ramadan and the real message misses understanding and enactment.

This article marks mistakes and gives solutions to the erroneous behaviors of the faithful.

Read below for insight.

Diagrammatic Representation of How Ramadan is Misunderstood!

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Explanation: What Goes Wrong?

Muslims intercept the message and purpose of Ramadan limitedly.
You might want to know how?
Let us first grasp the real message of the holy month.

  • 1) What is the message of Ramadan?

To implant in lives the Islamic code of conduct (pray five times, do good deeds, give charity, show kindness, respect all, no alcohol, no hatred, no backbiting, no jealousy, no trickery, no lying, etc), and practice them genuinely and wholeheartedly for 30 days, so that you form obedience and good habits, which should easily continue even when the first 30 days end.

The right actions must replace the wrong ones, and the right must continue thereafter.

As a result of 30-days-practice with faith cleansed and will-power high, it should be easy for all to improve their lifestyles to the good and benefit of themselves as per the doctrine of Islam.

  • 2) How it is understood:

To stop and discontinue the wrong actions only for a month and then resume with the old patterns.

  • 3) What is missing that it goes wrong?

Will-power, persistence, and proper mindset.

  • 4) Why is it missing?

As we time and measure the accomplishments to a month's length only.

  • 5) What happens when Ramadan ends?

Muslims become as casual as before.

  • 6) What should have happened alternatively?

An increase in genuine efforts to do the right practices for the lifetime.

Faith, unlike a month, is permanent. It is to be pursued endlessly. It doesn't run seasonally, so it cannot be restricted for a period.

The foundation of Islam is on the faith and belief in Allah as the only GOD, and on the instructions on how to live life as demonstrated by Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H)

All this holds the same truth before the beginning of the month as it holds during and afterward.

Ramadan is a chance to renew, re-enforce, and redeem what it takes to be a true muslim.

The method to achieve that is to implement the correct module of how to live life for lifetime as shown by Allah's messenger.

It is not a mandate of righteousness valid only for a short term use.

Painful Fact

Muslim population counts around 1.8 billion - That's 24% of the world’s population. Still, it's only in Ramadan you will find muslims majorly practice the Islamic faith, rituals, and processes, and not in other months.

How Muslims Limit Their Potential

In ordinary days of the other months, why is it that we see mosques not as crowded as that of any prayer of Ramadan?

Why is it that believers refrain from committing sins in Ramadan and resume doing them as soon as the term finishes?

The answer circles around three very crucial factors:
1) Muslims believe in obeying for only a month.
2) They prepare and convince their mind and body for 30 days of sincere worship.
3) They strengthen themselves through these practices:

  • Not missing a single prayer for any reason.
  • Reading and comprehending Quran.
  • Refraining from other sinful activities for one month only.

Another Real Time Example

Mosques are extremely crowded with worshippers for Friday noon prayers whereas prayers of other days as well as other times have worshippers comparatively lesser.

Why it works in Ramadan and on Friday noon prayer positively?

What happens is:

  • You have belief (faith) to comply.
  • You prepare yourself for it.
  • You push yourself for it.
  • You exercise control and self-discipline.

Muslim faith must have lifelong willpower and determination.

Ramadan comes once a year to build and enhance such faith. As it works fantastically for a month, it means that muslims make it happen because they work hard and implement righteousness. Attempts of progression and persistence lack afterwards.

If the belief of continuation is psyched up and followed, a good change will evolve.

Diagram of The Correct Method

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How to Understand Rightly

The purpose of fasting is to rejuvenate the corroded faith and to indemnify the wrong actions.

Every believer sufficiently knows how essential Ramadan is, but knowing doesn't mean following. If your belief is inadequate, and you can't feel connected and can't relate, it means there is a hollow - a block, a misunderstanding, that first needs to resolve. Read next!

Simple Two-Step Solution:
Follow the solutions below and upgrade your faith modestly.

Step 1:
Spot the causes of disunion, mistake, and misunderstanding:
Below might be some of the reasons:

  • Casualness: You are too insensitive about the religion and its guidelines. You must give serious thoughts to your current casual condition.
  • Laziness: You are lazy to adhere and execute the set of religious instructions as it requires dynamism, consistency, and perseverance.
  • Choice: You choose to live your life your way, if not entirely your way, at least to the extent of your convenience.
  • Rebellion: Your concerns are incongruous and never improve. Your views clash and solutions are pending for clarification.
  • Unclear vision: You have doubts that haven't surfaced yet. Your understanding faces obstacles preventing the emergence of a clear picture.

Step 2:
After you spot the error, work to fix doubts.
Below is how Ramadan will help you bring the change:

  • The infernal satan is incarcerated for a month, so you can think clearly without evil control.
  • As you fast your soul becomes disinterested and is too weak to do reprehensible acts.
  • You get time to think and assess yourself and your life and everything related.
  • Soul-searching and self-realization give you insight about your weaknesses, wrongdoings, and sins.
  • You push and encourage yourself to do acts that make you a better and obliging muslim.
  • You feel motivated as you see the surrounding around you follow the Islamic rituals.
  • You contribute to the welfare of the society by giving charity, helping the poor and needy people, and doing good deeds to enhance your faith and suspend disbelief.
  • You strengthen your existing good habits.
  • You increase your knowledge, learn new good habits.
  • You reinforce the implementation of rituals that you used to do but were unable to do it lately.
  • You improvise.

Ramadan is the time to touch severe issues, misdeeds, and wrongdoings and work on it to get rid of them through belief, appeal, prayers, and forming of habits in the course of thirty days.

So the message of Ramadan is simple:
Learnings from the sacred month must continue in future as a routine and become automatic.

The core of this depends on two factors:

  • Belief.
  • Willpower.

Both will also grow powerful as you fast and reassure yourself the whole month.

With these, and with prayers all will be able to reap the true benefits of Ramadan throughout the life In Sha Allah.

Read below for a super tip!!!

100% Success Tip

Salah alone can help understand Islam and everything related accurately.

Never Leave the Basic: Offering Prayers

  • Salah is the second pillar of Islam, first being the Faith (There is no God but Allah, and Prophet Muhammed is Allah's messenger.)
  • Offering salah consistently makes us closer to Islam and God for a minimum five times a day
  • It also forms a powerful habit that paves a solid path to build and expand more of life-improving practices.

Please read conclusion next.

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Conclusion:

When Ramadan ends, It promises redemption and happiness.
Salah helps you achieve that.


The correct ways of prayers and devotion play the role of catalyst as they cleanse you and keep you truly devoted during, before, and after Ramadan. In fact, until the end of life.
May Allah Bless all!

© 2019 Imran khan

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