is a special month of the year for Muslims throughout the world. This month is
marked by fasting, which means refraining from food and drink from dawn to
dusk. This is the period of prayer, inner reflection, and devotion to God.
Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five Pillars of Islam. Ramadan is the
month in which the Holy Quran was revealed as guidance to mankind. God says in
the Holy Qur’an: "The month of Ramadan is that in which the Qur’an
was sent down as guidance for mankind with clear proofs of guidance and discrimination
(so that mankind may distinguish right from wrong) (2:186).”
The real purpose of fasting is to attain righteousness. The person fasting must remember that the aim is not simply to remain hungry; he should be engrossed in the remembrance of God so as to attain severance from worldly desires. God says in the Holy Qur’an: “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may learn piety and righteousness (2:184).” Although fasting requires abstaining from food which nourishes the body, it enables the believer to obtain spiritual food which satisfies, and brings comfort and peace to the soul. So, those who truly fast to attain nearness to God, and not merely as a custom, are advised to be absorbed in the praise and glorification of God.
Ramadan brings countless blessings that last throughout the year. It is a time of peace, reflection, charity, and unity. We the members of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, invite our fellow non-Muslim Americans to join together with us in the spirit of brotherhood and togetherness at Bait-ul-Baqi Mosque (6113 Oakbrook Parkway, Norcross, GA, 30093) every Friday & Saturday starting June 29th, 2014 to July 28th, 2014.