What does Ramadan mean to you?….

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, is a time of immense spiritual significance for Muslims around the world. But what does it truly mean to those who observe it?

IBIENE Magazine spoke to several Muslim faithful to gain a deeper understanding of their experiences during this holy month.

As you read may your heart be opened to see and enjoy the blessings of life.

I attended a boarding school so fasting was usually during academic session and there’s an experience in senior class 2 I remember about my Ramadan as a boarding student that I can never forget.
My friends were Christians because I schooled in the middle belt and we were about two per cent Muslims. My friends will fast with me, and sometimes break by 12 noon but their intention was to encourage me and make me not feel alone by observing fast away from family. During time for iftar (breaking of fast) I’ll take some portion of my portion of meal and share with them.
We were teenagers, and it is one of my favourite memory as a boarding school student and I’ll always cherish the moment.
One thing I love about Ramadan is the spirituality and togetherness.
Everyone striving to be better, abstaining of sins and trying to do as much good deeds as they can. Ramadan being an holy month and the consciousness it comes with has a beautiful feeling.
Waking up in the third part of the night during the 30 days to observe tahajjud (pray to God) donate money and foodstuffs, and Muslim faithful striving to be a better individuals tops it on what I love the most about Ramadan.
Ramadan to me means spiritual cleansing and spiritual discipline I get to experience and the feeling closer to Allah.
May Allah accept the good deeds of the fasting Muslims and grant them ease. Taqaballahu minal waminkum. (Ameeen)

Aishat Abdullahi (Nahnahvlogs)

Ramadan, to me, means a lot of things. Forgiveness, charity, a time to get closer to the Almighty.
Ramadan reinforces every year that I need to be more. More forgiving, more charitable and more diligent in becoming a better Muslim.

HH

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is special because it is a period when every Muslim is constantly reminded of the purpose of their creation which is the worship of Allah. 
Also, it is a month when piety is strengthened and good deeds are rewarded in many folds. It is said in the Holy Quran 2:183 that O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous.
Apart from this, the essence of family unit of the society is made to manifest with every member of the household united in one purpose of doing things together in the service of their creators. 
As one the Pillars of Islam, it is one month that teaches us how to live throughout the other eleven months of the year. That is the reason why I look forward to the coming of Ramadan every year because of the immense benefits a true Muslim will derive from it. 
For me, it easier to perform act of worship this period unlike any other months because I challenged to do more or I’m not doing enough in the aspect of recitation of the Holy Quran, regular observant of five compulsory prayers and voluntary ones and other charity works including giving alms to the less privileged ones in society.
It is always painful that the month will not last more than 30 days. Eid Mubarak to all.

Sulaymon Abdulkareem

What Ramadan means to me? : Ramadan is a special month full of many rewarded activities you won’t want to miss as a Muslim. Ramadan has inspired me to become a better person by watching what I say, being conscious of what I do, likewise my social present. 
I’d implore everyone to continue with the good deeds even after the month of Ramadan.

Khadijat Temitope

Fasting means obey according to the teachings of Islam.

Nasir

What Ramadan means to me encompasses profound sentiments of love, family unity, and the act of giving, among other cherished aspects.
Among the myriad of reasons why I hold Ramadan dear to my heart, two stand out prominently. First, the sense of family unity that permeates this sacred time is unmatched . I find immense joy in witnessing how families come together to share meals, engage in prayer, and partake in various activities. As a person who values family bonds deeply, this aspect of Ramadan truly warms my heart.
Secondly, Ramadan instils in me a heightened sense of intentionality and time management. Within the framework of this holy month, I become acutely aware of the importance of adhering to specific tasks within designated time frames. This heightened awareness not only cultivates a sense of time consciousness but also fosters a resolute determination to accomplish set objectives.
In essence, Ramadan is a time of profound spiritual reflection and growth, where the values of love, unity, and personal discipline intertwine to enrich the lives of those who observe it.

Azeezat Abdulazeez

As Salam alaekum waramotullah wabarakatuh. Alhamdulillah 2024/1445AH Ramadan has come and gone, yet this just concluded Ramadan means so much to mean and everyone in terms of Piety, Spirituality, Righteousness, Godliness and time Consciousness, Programme planning and organising, Patience, Steadfastness and perseverance, Alms giving/charity and of course joy and happiness.

Ustaz Abdulkabir Afonja

Ramadan is a reflection of peace and mercy. It makes one to be more prayerful, generous, and humble.
One is enjoined to share, love, and have compassion on fellow humans. You’re encouraged to recite the Holy Quran and reflect on the meaning, and you are expected to exhibit that in your attitude and dealings with fellow beings.

M Ari.

While the specifics may differ, the core message resonates across religions: Ramadan, like many other religious observances, is a reminder of our shared humanity and the importance of fostering connection with something greater than ourselves.

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