Dr. Hüseyin Kami BUYUKOZER
This year, with the permission of Allah (swt), we will live our Ramadan between Thursday, March 23 – Friday, April 21. According to this account, less than 3 months are left. Let’s not say there is still time. Time passes so quickly. We must start working today. Let’s take a lesson and refresh our enthusiasm by looking at the Christmas preparations of Christians.
Halal and Tayyib life, Halal and Tayyib eating, Halal and Tayyib drinking, in short Halal and Tayyib Morsel is a must for a Muslim, it is a matter of faith. As we approach the month of Ramadan, this issue of faith is a brand new month of Ramadan by reviewing our old habits and leaving aside what does not belong to us. Let’s try to reach understanding.
Let’s prepare our food production facilities, our markets, our restaurants, our canteens and kitchens in our schools and hospitals, our canteens and dining halls in our workplaces, and finally the kitchens of our homes, with an understanding befitting the Ramadan month of Muslims, with more enthusiasm.
Some Verses Related to Ramadan and Fasting:
“Ramaḍân is the month in which the Quran was revealed as a guide for humanity with clear proofs of guidance and the standard ˹to distinguish between right and wrong˺. So, whoever is present this month, let them fast. But whoever is ill or on a journey, then ˹let them fast˺ an equal number of days ˹after Ramaḍân˺. Allah intends ease for you, not hardship, so that you may complete the prescribed period and proclaim the greatness of Allah for guiding you, and perhaps you will be grateful.” (Surah Al-Baqarah, Verse 185)
“O believers! Fasting is prescribed for you—as it was for those before you—so perhaps you will become mindful ˹of Allah˺.” (Surah Al-Baqarah, Verse 183)
“˹It is the believers˺ who repent, who are devoted to worship, who praise ˹their Lord˺, who fast, who bow down and prostrate themselves, who encourage good and forbid evil, and who observe the limits set by Allah. And give good news to the believers.” (Surah At-Tawbah, Verse 112)
Some Hadiths about Ramadan and Fasting:
“Islam is based upon five principles: the testimony that there is no god, but Allah and that Muhammad is His slave and messenger, the establishment of the salah, giving zakah, fasting the month of Ramadan, and performing Hajj.” (Bukhari, Iman 1; Muslim, Iman 22; Nasai, Iman 13; Tirmidhi Iman 3)
“There are two pleasures for the fasting person: one at the time of breaking his fast, and the other at the time when he will meet his Lord.” (Bukhari, Sawm, 2)
“Perform fasting and be healthy!” (At-Targhib wat-Tarhib, 2/83)
“When it is the month of Ramadan, the gates of Paradise are opened, the gates of Hell are locked, and the devils are chained.” (Muslim, Siyam 2)
“If a fasting person does not give up telling lies and evil deeds, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink.” (Bukhari, Sawm, 8)