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“Ramadan”: only once in the Quran

“Ramadan”: only once in the Quran

"Ramadan": only once in the Quran
Let’s look at the ONE ayah in the Quran that mentions “Ramadan” by name!

Did you know that the word “Ramadan” is mentioned only once in the entire Quran? This occurrence is in Surah Al-Baqarah, the longest chapter of the Quran, in the 185th verse. This verse is therefore of utmost importance to understand what Ramadan is really all about. Let’s dive in!

 

“Ramadan”: only once in the Quran

Surah Al-Baqarah, Ayah 185

Allah SWT says in the Quran:

شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِي أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِّنَ الْهُدَىٰ وَالْفُرْقَانِ ۚ فَمَن شَهِدَ مِنكُمُ الشَّهْرَ فَلْيَصُمْهُ ۖ وَمَن كَانَ مَرِيضًا أَوْ عَلَىٰ سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِّنْ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَ ۗ يُرِيدُ اللَّهُ بِكُمُ الْيُسْرَ وَلَا يُرِيدُ بِكُمُ الْعُسْرَ وَلِتُكْمِلُوا الْعِدَّةَ وَلِتُكَبِّرُوا اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ مَا هَدَاكُمْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ

The meaning of which is:

“The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful.”

 

Did you know that this ayah is the only one in the entire Quran that mentions the month of Ramadan by name? This is why this ayah is particularly important to help us understand what Ramadan is.

 

Ayah Analysis

We often think of Ramadan as the month of fasting, and that is pretty accurate – we definitely fast during this month! But is fasting truly the only important thing in Ramadan? Let’s look at the ayah again.

 

It starts with a definition: شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِي أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ

Which we translate as: “The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an”

 

Then it further explains what the Quran is for us: هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِّنَ الْهُدَىٰ وَالْفُرْقَانِ

Meaning: “a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion”

 

Then – and only then, not before – it introduces fasting, as a consequence: فَمَن شَهِدَ مِنكُمُ الشَّهْرَ فَلْيَصُمْهُ

Meaning: “So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it”

 

The Month of the Quran

Ramadan is the month of the Quran, the month during which Allah SWT invites us to connect with His Book even more so than usual, the month during which we read and recite and ponder about His Magnificent Words. Fasting is, among many other things, a way to help us redirect our minds, our hearts and our bodies to the Quran: as we deprive ourselves of food and water, detach ourselves from this worldly life, we are better able to focus on the Quran.

 

This Ramadan, whether you are fasting or not, have the intention to develop a connection with the Quran insha’Allah. And don’t wait until the first day of Ramadan, start today!

 

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This article was originally published in our Studio Arabiya Times magazine (Winter 2023-24). CLICK HERE to read the whole magazine!

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