As Ramadan looms, Muslims around the world will refrain from food and drinks every day from sunrise to sunset during the holiest month of the year. But this year, the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims may not be able to carry out their cultural traditions and customs that are at the heart of Ramadan — from congregating for prayers and iftar to the religious lectures and mixers that are an important part of the celebrations — luckily for most of us the virtual route is still a viable option.
We’re in for another strange Ramadan this year, especially as the pandemic at large and countries around the world still under some form of COVID-19 restrictions. In the midst of a pandemic, your Ramadan calendar may seem disheartening but it’s the perfect time to do some self-reflection.
At the end of the day, we all could use some Islamic stories and the words of Allah SWT to inspire us to carry on during uncertain times.
Here are some Ramadan Quotes and Hadiths to help you overcome uneasiness this Ramadan 2021:
This one cuts right to the heart of what Ramadan is really about — abstinence. Not just from food and water but from all the ordinary human vices we indulge in every day. Pettiness, avarice, dishonesty: all the mundane, petty cruelties we can’t seem to go a day without, must all be foregone if Ramadan is to mean anything. Indubitably our favorite Ramadan quotes and hadith!
Ramadan is a time of giving: it’s a month to help those in need and look after one another. Above all, it’s an affirmation of our shared humanity — when you gather around the table for Iftar at sunset or buy some shiny new clothes in anticipation of the Eid celebrations, knowing you have helped someone else to do the same, means so much more.
Lockdown and restrictions show little to no signs of giving in — but Ramadan is contingent on sacrifice. Though Muslims around the world have been forced to give up the communal traditions that make this month so special, we’ve got ample time for self-reflection so do some of that too, in between reciting all of the Islamic Duas and checking and re-checking salah times. Fast with sincerity, and self-compassion and verily, you’ll be forgiven, Insha Allah.
We are all preposterously flawed and deeply, deeply fallible. Who amongst us can say we know with certainty what the afterlife has in store for us? None of us can — it would be the height of arrogance. Therefore, fast and fast generously: there is no better guarantee.
And that concludes our list of Ramadan quotes and hadith that truly resonates with us! What are some of your favorite quotes and hadiths about Ramadan?