In Islamic tradition, fasting is considered the pinnacle of sincerity to Allah for it is an invisible act done for Allah alone. A person might pretend to fast, but only God knows if he/she is really fasting. Prophet Mohammad said that paradise has eight gates. The one gate meant especially for the group of people who fast is called Al Rayyan. It is the only gate we know by name which establishes its excellence. Ramzan is also the only month that is named in the Quran, affirming its special position.
Eid prayer is very important in Islam. The Shariah commands that the Eid prayer be performed in an open field. It is essential that the Idgah is located on the outskirts of the town. The regular practice of the Prophet, the Sahaba (his companions) and all the great learned scholars of Islam as well as the ummah down the corridor of the centuries of Islamic history is to perform the Id prayer in the open field. The major Islamic books stand testimony to this.
No Ramzan iftar (breaking of fast) is complete in a Muslim household without dates. The Prophet said, “who ever finds dates should break the fast with them and the one who does not find dates should break his fast with water because it is pure”. Once again he stated “break your fast by eating dates as it is purifying.” Science has proved that dates have many curable aspects.
His Holiness Hazrat Abdul Qadir Jilani whose mausoleum is situated in the city of Baghdad, is the greatest Sufi saint. He was born on the night of the new moon of the month of Ramzan. Within hours, the newborn refused to suckle milk. The elders attempted to spoon feed the baby, but it continuously refused to consume anything. His worried maternal grandfather was about to break the fast in the evening, when suddenly something struck his mind. He rushed to the room and recited the ‘dua’ (prayer) for breaking the fast and tried to soak the lips of the baby with the honey oozing out of the date fruit. Everyone was pleasantly surprised to see the baby relishing the honey with its tender tongue. All who witnessed this great miracle, understood that the child Abdul Qadir Jilani was fasting on the first day of Ramzan.