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Ramadhan: Month of education and social solidarity

  • A. Chaedar Alwasilah

Bandung   /   Thu, August 11 2011   /  07:00 am

Muslims all over the world celebrate Ramadhan as the month of blessings, forgiveness, and most importantly the month of the revelation of the Koran.

Back to 610 AD at night in Ramadhan, the Prophet Muhammad received the first divine revelation: “Read in the name of your Sustainer who has created”, etc.

Muslims are encouraged to read, recite and appreciate the meaning of the Koran. This month-long reading is God’s teaching of literacy, that being literate is quality cherished by God Almighty.

Once a year Ramadhan comes down to Muslims, now of around 1.4 billon in number, to remind them of the importance of literacy. An illiterate can neither spell God, nor read and write His Words, let alone His unwritten words, namely the whole universe.

The literacy campaign by the Prophet was indeed a strategy not only of education, but also of civilization. Fascin...