What does Ramadhaan mean?
Ramadhaan is derived from the Arabic root word ‘ramida’ or arramad intense scorching heat and dryness, especially the ground. From the same root there is ‘ramdaa’, sunbaked sand.
Thus Ramadhaan is so called to indicate the heating sensation in the stomach as a result of thirst. Others said it is so called because Ramadhaan scorches out the sins. Some said it is so called because the hearts and souls are more readily receptive to the admonition and remembrance of Allah during Ramadhaan, as the sand and stones are receptive to the sun’s heat.
Just as heat represents a source of life, helping shape, form, and mold virtually every matter, from metal and plastics, to plants and living cell. No living thing can survive without heat. Similarly Ramadhaan without doubt helps a person reform and renew himself spiritually, (physically) his body and (with regard to his heart and mind) his behaviour.
We anxiously await this auspicious month. May Allah guide us to spend our time correctly obeying Allah with expectation from Allah (Ihtisaabann). Aameen.
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