The Ramadan Phenomenon


Yay! It’s finally close by. The time has come where Muslims all around the world get involved in a 30 day spiritual cleansing, whether they’re Muslims who have embraced the faith a few weeks ago or Muslims who have embraced the faith a few decades ago. And of course, there are also those who have been born into the faith, such as myself (don’t worry guys, I didn’t forget about us). And the Ramadan vibes are beautiful and heartwarming. Everyone is striving hard to do as much good as they can. But there’s something in particular that happens every single year, and I’ve always found it wonderfully strange.

So, what is this strange phenomena I’m talking about? What is this thing which happens in Ramadan the most? Well, it’s the expansion of everyone’s bellies in the evening. I’m joking, of course. That’s not a phenomenon, that’s an everyday occurrence. But on a serious note, it’s the increase in people wanting to come closer to Allah. Muslims who struggle to wake up for Fajr manage to wake up every day for 30 days, and I find that atmosphere beautiful.

Maybe it’s because the Shayateen aren’t there to tempt people, since we all know in the Hadith narrated by Abu Huraira recorded in Sahih Bukhari where the Prophet (SAW) says…

“When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.”[1]

But regardless of whatever causes this phenomenon, it’s a blessing from Allah to witness it all.


“And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided. And remember the favor of Allah upon you – when you were enemies and He brought your hearts together and you became, by His favor, brothers…” [2]

And to see the this ayah in Surah Al Imraan manifest through everyone coming together in this blessed month is one of the many reasons why I love Ramadan. And yes, maybe some might plateau and stop maintaining that consistency in good deeds after Ramadan ends (I have been a victim of it myself). But we’re encouraged to assume the best of our brothers and sisters and maintain that unity as much as possible, as well as encourage that consistency. I’ve heard a lot of people say things along the lines of “They’re gonna go back to their old ways.” or “He/she is just a Ramadan Muslim” and it makes me sad to hear that because it suggests they’re closed-minded and that they don’t believe the people they class as “Ramadan Muslims” have the capacity to change. However, Umar (RA) has been reported to have said that “Sometimes the people with the worst past can create the best future”. So if a man who was described by the Prophet (SAW) as a prophet if there was another to come, then surely there’s hope. And whatever happens, may Allah make us all better slaves of Him by the end of the 29/30 days. Ameen.

[1] Sahih Bukhari 1899

[2] Surah Ali Imraan 3:103 (Of course, the “brothers” here refers to both genders. And this isn’t the whole Ayah)

Muzhakkir Ali

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