The crescent for the month of Ramadan has been sighted in Saudi Arabia, the Supreme Court has announced.
In a statement issued by the Saudi Supreme Court, Tuesday (April 13) will mark the first day of Ramadan.
This will be the second year when the Holy month will be observed under the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar which is observed by the entire Muslim community from around the world.
The Muslims engage in good deeds and ask for forgiveness and refrain from eating and drinking from dawn until sunset.
This annual practice is considered one of the five pillars of Islam. It is said that Ramadan is the commemoration of Prophet Muhammad’s first revelation.
Moreover, the Saudi government had announced that Iftar gatherings and I’tikaf will not be allowed in the Masjid Al-Haram and Masjid al-Nabawi during Ramadan.
Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, the head of affairs of the two mosques, said that the Presidency would provide ready-made food to the worshipers in the Masjid al-Haram, while Sehri would not be allowed in the Prophet (PBUH) Mosque.
No one will be allowed to eat in the courtyards of both mosques and everyone will be provided food individually.
Zamzam water coolers will also not be available and 200,000 bottles of Zamzam water will be provided on a daily basis.
In addition, those who wish to break the fast in the Masjid al-Haram will only be allowed to bring dates and water for themselves and will not be allowed to share them with anyone.
Significance Of Ramadan In The Quran:
Allah Almighty has talked about the significance of Ramadan in the Holy Quran in the following verse:
“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may learn piety and righteousness” (Quran, 2:183)
Every Muslim wakes up early to eat a pre-dawn meal “Suhoor” before keeping the fast and they break it with Maghrib prayers “Iftaar”.
The Holy Quran was revealed on the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) in the month of Ramadan that is why it is important for every Muslim to read the entire Quran in the holy month.
“Ramadan is the (month) in which the Quran was sent down, as a guide to mankind, also Clear (Signs) for guidance and the differentiation (between right and wrong)” (Quran, 2:185)
Importance Of Ramadan:
The Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) said,
“When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained” (Bukhari)
In another Hadith, the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) said,
“Whoever fasts during Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, and then all his past sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari)
Ramadan In Pakistan:
The first fast of 2021 will be on April 14 while Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on May 14 in Pakistan.