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Victories in Ramadan

Victories in Ramadan

Ramadan is not a month of laziness, irresponsibility and non-accountability as many people think. I would like to prove in this article that such people not only have erred but have also distorted the pure and noble meaning of Ramadan thus ripping it of its essence.

Reading about the victories that took place during the era of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the succeeding golden epochs of his rightly guided companions as well as our rightly-guided ancestors, will give us an overview of the way Ramadan has to be treated and the wide range of benefits that we can reap from it. The following are some of the victories that Muslims – during the time of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and throughout the era of his rightly-guided companions and their followers – were able to achieve in Ramadan:

1-      On the seventh of Ramadan of the second year of Hijra (Emigration of Prophet Muhammad to Medina), the Quraishi polytheists of Makkah (Mecca) assembled with the aim of attacking Muslims in Medina so as to uproot Islam. They numbered approximately one thousand worriers (infantry and cavalry men). Moreover, they were armed to the teeth. They possessed all the means of victory and were confident that they would easily vanquish the Muslim army. As for Muslims, they numbered only three hundred and thirteen. However, a few of them had never been engaged in fighting before. The two sworn enemy armies confronted each other in the battle of Bader (the first decisive battle between Muslims and pagans). God Almighty bestowed victory upon Muslims as explained in the following verse: “God surely succored you (Muslims) at [the battle of] Bader when you were a contemptible little force; then fear Allah (God); thus you may show your gratitude.” (3: 123)

2-      On the twentieth day of Ramadan of the eighth year of Hijra,  Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) completed the conquest of Makkah (Mecca) after a prolonged struggle in Medina. He entered Makkah with his companions as a liberator after its inhabitants had driven him away. The sacred Ka’aba was thereof cleansed of idols. Prophet Muhammad while crashing the idols that hung around the Ka’aba recited the following verse: “And say, “truth has come, and falsehood has departed. Indeed falsehood [by nature], is bound to depart.” (17: 81)

3-      In the month of Ramadan on the ninth year of Hijra, the tribe of Thaqeef (then among the sworn opponents of Prophet Muhammad and his mission) who inhabited the city of Ta’if (about 90 kilometers north of Makkah) embraced Islam in multitudes after being obstinate and strong opponents of Islam and sworn enemies of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

4-      In of Ramadan, the fifteenth year of Hijra, Muslims vanquished the great army of Persia (Iran today), which was then one of the two main superpowers in the world – the other being the Roman Empire. The Muslims’ victory was epitomized in the battle of Qadisiyyah, under the commandership of Saad bin Abi Waqqa’a (one of the greatest companions of Prophet Muhammad). Eventually, the flag of Islam was proudly and confidently hoisted over the palace of Chosroe (Kisra).

5-      On the twenty fifth day of Ramadan in the year six hundred and fifty eight after Hijra, the Mongol and Tartar barbarians engaged in a fierce battle with a Muslim army under the leadership of SaifudDeen Qutuz. Muslims walked away with a well deserved victory in the battle of Ein Ja’lout. The Tartars and Mongols were finally defeated in humiliation.

6-      Also in Ramadan, a Muslim army fought a decisive battle under the commandership of Sultan Al-Naser bin Mohammed Qalawoun against the barbaric Tartars and defeated them beyond any doubt.

Fasting, a catalyst of victories

It is very clear that God, the Omniscient, accustomed Muslims since the duty of fasting was prescribed upon them, that if they behaved sincerely with devotion, He would grant them decisive victories beyond  imagination. If a Muslim fights against his desires and strives to curb them in that he succeeds in defeating his instincts sincerely by the intention of pleasing God, it would be then logical that he would vanquish his enemy by the will of God. For fighting against the instincts, desires and whims of oneself is harder than engaging in a battle against an inveterate enemy; thus the importance of Ramadan. It should be noted that Islam does not neglect man’s desires and instincts. God Almighty has prescribed licit ways of satisfying one’s desires and instincts. One has to fight against himself in the process of avoiding satisfying his instincts in a way that is contrary to the Islamic teachings. Thus Muslims get trained to be patient in all its aspects in Ramadan. God says: “… if there are twenty amongst you, patient and persevering, they will vanquish two hundred. If they are a hundred, they will vanquish a thousand of the unbelievers: for these  are a people without understanding.” (8:65)

God created humans for a purpose. He loves them and all the laws  He has prescribed for them are for their benefit if they only knew. It’s sad that many of them are ignorant of this fact.

Fasting should not be viewed as punishment but rather should be regarded as a blessing from God Almighty. After reading some of the victories that Muslims achieved in Ramadan, it becomes clear that fasting should not be an excuse for people to be lazy, tardy, shabby, irresponsible, etc, otherwise, their fasting will bear no meaning. We read in the Holy Qur’an: “…but to fast is best for you, if you only knew.” (2: 184)

It is worthy mentioning that all the battles  Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) engaged in with his companions were defensive and not offensive. Other motives for fighting were to remove the barriers that prevented people for exercising their freedom of either learning about Islam or worshiping their Lord. We read in the Holy Qur’an: “Fight in the way of God those who fight against you but do not transgress. Indeed, God does not like transgressors.” (2: 190)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victories in Ramadan

 

Ramadan is not a month of laziness, irresponsibility and non-accountability as many people think. I would like to prove in this article that such people not only have erred but have also distorted the pure and noble meaning of Ramadan thus ripping it of its essence.

 

Reading about the victories that took place during the era of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the succeeding golden epochs of his rightly guided companions as well as our rightly-guided ancestors, will give us an overview of the way Ramadan has to be treated and the wide range of benefits that we can reap from it. The following are some of the victories that Muslims – during the time of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and throughout the era of his rightly-guided companions and their followers – were able to achieve in Ramadan:

 

1-      On the seventh of Ramadan of the second year of Hijra (Emigration of Prophet Muhammad to Medina), the Quraishi polytheists of Makkah (Mecca) assembled with the aim of attacking Muslims in Medina so as to uproot Islam. They numbered approximately one thousand worriers (infantry and cavalry men). Moreover, they were armed to the teeth. They possessed all the means of victory and were confident that they would easily vanquish the Muslim army. As for Muslims, they numbered only three hundred and thirteen. However, a few of them had never been engaged in fighting before. The two sworn enemy armies confronted each other in the battle of Bader (the first decisive battle between Muslims and pagans). God Almighty bestowed victory upon Muslims as explained in the following verse: “God surely succored you (Muslims) at [the battle of] Bader when you were a contemptible little force; then fear Allah (God); thus you may show your gratitude.” (3: 123)

 

2-      On the twentieth day of Ramadan of the eighth year of Hijra,  Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) completed the conquest of Makkah (Mecca) after a prolonged struggle in Medina. He entered Makkah with his companions as a liberator after its inhabitants had driven him away. The sacred Ka’aba was thereof cleansed of idols. Prophet Muhammad while crashing the idols that hung around the Ka’aba recited the following verse: “And say, “truth has come, and falsehood has departed. Indeed falsehood [by nature], is bound to depart.” (17: 81)

3-      In the month of Ramadan on the ninth year of Hijra, the tribe of Thaqeef (then among the sworn opponents of Prophet Muhammad and his mission) who inhabited the city of Ta’if (about 90 kilometers north of Makkah) embraced Islam in multitudes after being obstinate and strong opponents of Islam and sworn enemies of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

 

4-      In of Ramadan, the fifteenth year of Hijra, Muslims vanquished the great army of Persia (Iran today), which was then one of the two main superpowers in the world – the other being the Roman Empire. The Muslims’ victory was epitomized in the battle of Qadisiyyah, under the commandership of Saad bin Abi Waqqa’a (one of the greatest companions of Prophet Muhammad). Eventually, the flag of Islam was proudly and confidently hoisted over the palace of Chosroe (Kisra).

 

5-      On the twenty fifth day of Ramadan in the year six hundred and fifty eight after Hijra, the Mongol and Tartar barbarians engaged in a fierce battle with a Muslim army under the leadership of SaifudDeen Qutuz. Muslims walked away with a well deserved victory in the battle of Ein Ja’lout. The Tartars and Mongols were finally defeated in humiliation.

 

6-      Also in Ramadan, a Muslim army fought a decisive battle under the commandership of Sultan Al-Naser bin Mohammed Qalawoun against the barbaric Tartars and defeated them beyond any doubt.

 

Fasting, a catalyst of victories

 

It is very clear that God, the Omniscient, accustomed Muslims since the duty of fasting was prescribed upon them, that if they behaved sincerely with devotion, He would grant them decisive victories beyond  imagination. If a Muslim fights against his desires and strives to curb them in that he succeeds in defeating his instincts sincerely by the intention of pleasing God, it would be then logical that he would vanquish his enemy by the will of God. For fighting against the instincts, desires and whims of oneself is harder than engaging in a battle against an inveterate enemy; thus the importance of Ramadan. It should be noted that Islam does not neglect man’s desires and instincts. God Almighty has prescribed licit ways of satisfying one’s desires and instincts. One has to fight against himself in the process of avoiding satisfying his instincts in a way that is contrary to the Islamic teachings. Thus Muslims get trained to be patient in all its aspects in Ramadan. God says: “… if there are twenty amongst you, patient and persevering, they will vanquish two hundred. If they are a hundred, they will vanquish a thousand of the unbelievers: for these  are a people without understanding.” (8:65)

 

God created humans for a purpose. He loves them and all the laws  He has prescribed for them are for their benefit if they only knew. It’s sad that many of them are ignorant of this fact.

 

Fasting should not be viewed as punishment but rather should be regarded as a blessing from God Almighty. After reading some of the victories that Muslims achieved in Ramadan, it becomes clear that fasting should not be an excuse for people to be lazy, tardy, shabby, irresponsible, etc, otherwise, their fasting will bear no meaning. We read in the Holy Qur’an: “…but to fast is best for you, if you only knew.” (2: 184)

 

It is worthy mentioning that all the battles  Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) engaged in with his companions were defensive and not offensive. Other motives for fighting were to remove the barriers that prevented people for exercising their freedom of either learning about Islam or worshiping their Lord. We read in the Holy Qur’an: “Fight in the way of God those who fight against you but do not transgress. Indeed, God does not like transgressors.” (2: 190)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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