By: Aila Ampatuan

Ramadhan has ended, and Muslims share a kind of sadness that the month has passed by entirely, and why you may ask?

The holy month Ramadhan is the ninth month on the Hijrah calendar. It is the month when our Muslim brothers and sisters perform fasting. Fasting is the act of abstaining from eating and drinking, especially for religious purposes. This is true for Muslims in the month of Ramadhan, but the act of fasting does not end there.

Fasting also includes abstaining from the negative things that we as people commonly do on a day-to-day basis like lying and backbiting. It is the time for recitation of the Islamic holy book, the Qur’an. It is the time when people forgive those who have hurt them, and ask forgiveness for those whom they have hurt.

It is the time when the emphasis on equality is heightened, since the lower, middle and upper class all experience the same abstention from eating, drinking, and doing bad deeds.

This is also the time for more charity. Since every good thing done my each Muslim is multiplied during this time plenty-fold, Muslims engage in more acts of charity and repentance.

Above all of this, Ramadhan is the time for increased repentance to Allah. It is the time when most Muslims gather and pray, more than just five times a day. It is in the holy month of Ramadhan when there is only room for forgiveness from Allah and as said by the Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), “When Ramadan begins, the gates of Paradise are opened, and the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained up.” [Narrated by al-Bukhari, 3277; Muslim, 1079]

The month is highly looked forward to by all Muslims and next year’s Ramadhan will be highly anticipated. However, as the month has come to an end, there are high hopes for everyone that the essence of Ramadhan may be brought all throughout the rest of year, or maybe even the rest of their lives, even until the next succeeding Ramadhans to come.