Picture Perfect : Moments from the Blessed month of Ramadan

Allah – the Most High – said:

“The month of Ramadan in which the Quran was revealed, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance of the Criterion between right and wrong. So whosoever of you sights the crescent for the month of Ramadan, he must fast that month.” [Surah al-Baqarah 2:185]

Allah’s Messenger sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:

“lslam is built upon five: Testifying that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah and the Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, establishing the Prayer, giving the Zakah, performing Hajj to the House, and fasting in Ramadan.” [Related by al-Bukhari (1/48) and Muslim (no.16), from Ibn ‘Umar radiallahu ‘anhu.]

Ramadan, in this blessed month we can sense an increased feeling of unity and of being a single Ummah due to our fasting and breaking our fast collectively. We also feel an increased awareness about the state of affairs of the Muslims and of the hardships that they endure, because during the fast, a Muslim feels and experiences what his needy and hungry brothers and sisters feel, who are forced to go without food and drink for many many days. Indeed, the units of the Muslims – and their aiding and assisting one another – is one of the great fundamentals upon which the Religion of Islam is built, as Allah – the Most High – said:

“And hold fast altogether to the rope of Allah and do not be divided.” [Surah Ali-‘lmran 3:103]

Allah – the Most High – also said:

“The Believers – men and women – and friends and protectors to one another.” [Surah Al Tawbah 9:44]

Ramadan is a time to increase our sense of unity and brotherhood, and our commitment to Allah and His Religion. And there is no doubt that this sense of unity necessitates that we all work together as required by Islam as sincere brothers in order to realize that which is of benefit to the Islamic Ummah and to establish the Islamic society that every Muslim aspirer for.

I bring you the few captured moments from the month of Ramadan, being observed around the world, across various man-created boundaries.

We ask Allah to grant us the ability to change ourselves for the better, during this blessed month, and not to be of there who are prevented from His Mercy and Forgiveness. Indeed He is the One who Hears and He is the One to Respond.

Photo Courtesy:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/noushadali/
http://blog.iloveallaah.com/
http://www.nidokidos.org/ramadan-2010-celebrations-around-the-world-t47964.html

And Pictures from various forums, and a few emails received from friends and a some more pictures from Flickr. If you are the owner of any picture, please let me know and I will include your name in this list. Also, if the picture belongs to you and you have objection, please let me know and it would be removed.

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