Ramadan is the month in which Muslims observe the obligatory fast which has been prescribed by God on those who believe in Him as it was prescribed on previous nations.

O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, even as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may attain piety. (Al-Baqarah 2:183)

The above verse explains the main purpose of fasting. It is to attain taqwa (God-consciousness) which means that every Muslim must be watchful of everything. He must watch out every word he utters and every action he does.

Millions of Muslims around the world are eagerly and passionately waiting for the new moon of Ramadan. How should we welcome the Holy Month as our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) did?

What did Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) do to prepare for Ramadan? What du`aa’ did he use to say? And what did he say about the precious guest? What does his Sunnah tell about that? Did he have any specific rituals to welcome the Holy Month?

Dr. Zakir Naik sheds light on these issues here…

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