Ramadan is the blessed month of the whole year. It perhaps the most awaited in the whole year being the month that God (Allah) opens the door of heaven and closes the door of hell. Allah promises that if there is anyone who seeks forgiveness, the door of forgiveness shall open for them.

It is interesting to note what Allah (SWAT) says in surah al Baqarah:

"(It was) the month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’aan, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan i.e. is present at his home), he must observe Sawm (fasts) that month…" ~ [al-Baqarah 2:185]

Ramadan is the blessed month in which every Muslim fasts and realizes the thirst and hunger of the poor, Muslim give zakat to poor which is to give one-fourth of property, jewellery, farms for zakat. The nights are full of glitter and shine, mehfil e milad are set everywhere, the days when people read Qur’an e pak as much as they can, cry and pray to God for forgiveness for their sins. The month when not just one family but the whole neighbourhood, the poor and forsaken are given free food for iftar and sahur.

The last ten days in which one night is considered as the most of blessed night when Al might come at the first rank of the sky the night is called laylultul qadr, the night of Qadr when the beloved Prophet Muhammad (SWAT) had his journey to the seventh heaven and heaven in just one night . The month of Ramadan is my favourite month.

Similarly, the fasts in Pakistan are full of lavish after-parties and the delicious sahur. Where the daster khawan (tables) are set with delicious meals after sahur. The sahur starts with azan and the brothers (men) are all set for the mosque. For sahur, popular dishes for breakfast for Pakistani are lassi, aloo wale chane, poori, halwa, chai, egg, kach i lassi . The naat and Milad are broadcast live on TV. Thereafter people get busy with their work and offer work five times a day. The best part is that people get regular in namaz and reading the Qur’an e pak and thus do not involve themselves in useless gossip, chats or idle sitting.

The time for iftar is two hours before the time for the enjoying the delicious aroma of the yummy pakora, samosa, jaleebi, roll, etc. They are all around the city. Without these dishes a Pakistani iftar is incomplete. People start sending yummy dishes to neighbours, the poor – frying food and setting the table in readiness for iftar that follows the sound of the siren.

As you celebrate Ramadhan, consider the poor in your area. We all can help someone in need. It doesn’t take much to help – it starts with a willing and loving heart. You can also sponsor a child with Urunji Child-Care Trust from just $30 a month. Click here to learn more.