Throughout Islam, it is important to mark each and every day of Ramadan to deepen an individual’s understanding and devotion to Allah (SWT) and learn how to be a better Muslim. Learning the history of the faith helps to put its teachings into context.
O Allah, join our hearts, reform our matters within us, guide us to the path of peace, bring us from darkness to light.
Allah, on this day, makes me among those who love Your friends and hate Your enemies, following the way of Your last Prophet, O the Guardian of the hearts of the Prophets.
In 8 AH, in a place called Nakhlah, the goddess al-‘Uzza was worshipped by the tribes of Kinanah and Quraysh. The Prophet (PBUH) wanted to eliminate the last idols remaining from pre-Islamic times and identified al-‘Uzza as one. He sent Khalid ibn al-Walid to destroy both the fake idol and the real idol - a task which he completed.
The day also marks the destruction of the Idol Suwaa’, belonging to Banu Huthayl ibn Ilyaas.
The 25th of Ramadan also marks the day when the people of the Khorasan family in Isfahan assassinated Ar-Rashid in 532 AH.
A famous and influential Islamic scholar was born on 25 Ramadan 544 AH - Mohammed ibn Uman Fakhr al-Din al-Razi. Razi worked as both a theologian and philosopher, as well as writing on medicine and literature. Razi is particularly well known for ‘Keys to the Unseen’ and the exploration of the Quran, which was also known as The Great Commentary.
25 Ramadan 518 AH mourns the death of one of Islam’s most prolific poets - Abu Al-Fadhl Ahmad ibn Muhammad Al-Maydaani An-Maysaaboori.
On 25 Ramadan 658 AH, the Muslims were victorious in the Battle of ‘Ayn Jaalut under their leader Qutuz.
On 25 Ramadan 927 AH, the Ottoman conquered Belgrade. As a result of this success, the Ottomans brought coffee into the city and established the first ‘kafana’. In the ensuing years, their number multiplied and soon became woven into the social fabric of the city as a place to eat, drink and gossip into the early hours. To this day, hundreds of kafanas are spread throughout the city and continue to be a hub for the people of Belgrade.
The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “The most beloved people to Allah are those who are most beneficial to the people. The most beloved deed to Allah is to make a Muslim happy, or to remove one of his troubles, or to forgive his debt, or to feed his hunger.”
Look to the people around you and reach out to them. In your immediate family, reach out to those you may not have spoken to for a while. Call them, text them, write them a good old-fashioned letter and pop it into an envelope. Too often, we can get caught up in the everyday busyness of life. Use 25 Ramadan as a moment in time to slow down and reconnect with those that you love.
Cast your eye wider to the people in your community. Are there people who are struggling financially? Give more on 25 Ramadan. Remember that good deeds are multiplied seventy times during the month of Ramadan, and your rewards will multiply concurrently.
You can continue to focus your charity donations on 25 Ramadan to make sure that you take advantage of the rewards that are there for you in thanks for your generous giving.
Doing good deeds in your family and wider community circle can also be supplemented through 25 Ramadan donations through the UKIM donation platform - ensuring that your generosity is felt by orphans and widows in developing countries who barely have enough to eat day by day.
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