Starting Saturday, people in every country around the world will begin a month-long fast for Ramadan. The holiest month of the year, Ramadan is when Muslims refrain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset and try their best to bring themselves as close to Allah (SWT) as possible.
This is not only a time to bring ourselves closer to Allah (SWT) , but to each other as well. During this time, 1.6 billion people across the globe will be united by the spirit of Islam. It is said that the Holy Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet (SAW) on Laylat al-Qadr, a night which is worth 1,000 months of worship. The Qur’an and the religion it teaches were bestowed upon the world to liberate people from oppression, darkness, and themselves. Because of Islam, people no longer had been forced to oblige to the religion of their governments. They became intellectually stimulated and conceived some of the greatest creations and discoveries this world has ever seen. Most of all, it changed the foundation of humanity – not by sword, but by peace – rescuing them from a world of ignorance and granting them a world of morals, manners, and dignity.
To this day, the Islamic civilization has been one of the most revolutionary eras in history. Based solely upon faith, it was able to dominate the strongest empires of its time, including the Roman and Byzantine, within its first fifteen years of existence. The Islamic Empire was flourishing in knowledge and discovery during an age when Europe languished in darkness, provoking the beginning of the Renaissance centuries later. The Muslims’ achievements have shaped the cultures of three continents, and their influence is still present today.
Islam is responsible for some of the greatest feats of mankind. It cast a light which penetrated through the world’s greatest darkness with a message that continues to resonate in every corner of the world to this day.
And it all started with one man named Mohammad (SAW) .