All must maintain the sanctity of the Ramadan

Published : 11 Mar 2024 08:33 PM

We welcome the arrival of holy Ramadan, a month of dawn-to-dusk fasting, prayer, charity and feast after fast. Ramadan is one of the significant months in Islam. 

This month has a great religious significance among Muslims across the globe as they believe this month as the most holiest one. All Muslims eagerly wait for this month to show their gratitude towards the Almighty Allah by offering prayers with immense devotion and dedication. The Holy Ramadan, the lunar month of self-purification through fasting and abstinence, begins in the country today (Tuesday). The new moon was sighted in the sky of Bangladesh on Monday.    

Therefore, on Tuesday, March 11, was the last day of the month of Shaaban, and the holy month begins today.

The holy Shab-e-Qadr or Lailatul Qadr, the night when the first verses of the holy Quran were revealed to Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM), will be observed on the night of April 6 (night). It is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar when Muslims around the world focus on prayers, fasting, and religious devotion.

As the holy month of Ramadan has come again after a year, Muslims are meant to fast from dawn to dusk during the lunar month, a time of restraint and austerity. The month of Rahmat, Magfirat and Najat- Ramadanul Mubarak – is a high time to get mercy and blessings of Almighty Allah.

The month is more beneficial and significant as the holy Quran was revealed in this month. The Muslim Ummah observes the month with due religious fervour to attain self-restraint, self-rectification and forgiveness.

Muslims around the world 

focus on prayers, fasting,

 and religious devotion

Fasting plays a vital role in establishing sympathy, amity and brotherhood among all, including the rich and the poor. This month brings a unique opportunity of getting closer to Allah and attaining taqwa (fear of Allah).

We hope, people would be able to realise the sanctity and significance of the holy Ramadan and reflect it in their personal and social lives and contribute to building a peaceful society. All will be inspired with the teachings of the holy month of Ramadan and help each other in establishing peace, amity and brotherhood in personal and social lives, shunning all ills. We hope that the prices of essential commodities will remain stable during this holy month. In this regard, the business community leaders must be committed to keeping prices of the essential commodities reasonable during the Ramadan. Law enforcement agencies will have to conduct special drives across the country to check crimes such as snatching, robbery and extortion during this holy month. Besides, they must conduct mobile courts against adulterated food items.

Two Dhaka city corporations and police will also have to work for freeing the city roads from any sort of traffic congestion during the Ramadan as the people can reach their destinations well before the Iftar.

In this regard, all should also cooperate with the authorities and police for ensuring better intersections management, parking vehicles at the fixed places, stop parking in front of shopping malls and the adjoining areas, freeing footpaths from hawkers, stop plying of vehicles or motorcycles on pavements. All must maintain the sanctity of Ramadan by showing proportion, patience and restraint in our life. The affluent should extend their helping hands to poor people during the month of Ramadan. Besides, the government must take further steps to bring down prices of essentials to keep them within tolerable limit of ordinary consumers.