The Month of Fasting
The month of Fasting is the most beneficial month for the Muslims. This month is capable of wiping off all our sins if we fast and worship properly and sincerely. After this month Muslims celebrate Eid as a festival. One must thank Allah, for giving us such moments of happiness and chances to earn rewards. In these happy moments we must thank Allah and never forget the needy and the poor.
Surah Al Baqarah 185 states:
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.
The month of Ramadan is undoubtedly a month of great opportunity to revitalize our eman (faith), to boost our energy, to enhance our goodness, to get our sins forgiven, to attain greater levels in Taqwa (fear of Allah), to learn to tame our desires, to have a renewed balanced lifestyle with a check on our diet, sleeping patterns and most importantly the spiritual aspect of our life as a Muslim.
Ramadan not only instills a greater spirit of thankfulness and gratitude toward Allah but it also gets us genuinely closer to Him and His Book the Quran. There is something special about this month. All over the world Muslims experience the uniqueness of this Blessed month in their own way. Some take this month as a spiritual training to become better Muslims and feel that during and after Ramadan their love for Allah and His Deen (Way of Life) has increased and renewed.
This month comes with an annual plan and training project for the whole of Muslim community. Everyone feels the love for this month as they fast just for the sake of Allah and out of no compulsion. Allah loves His servants as they control their desires for His sake and He promises rewards for those who fast.
Abu Hurairah narrated that:
The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “Indeed your Lord said: ‘Every good deed is rewarded with ten of the same up to seven hundred times over. Fasting is for Me, and I shall reward for it.’ Fasting is a shield from the Fire. The smell coming from the mouth of the one fasting is more pleasant to Allah than the scent of musk. If one of you is abused by an ignorant person while fasting, then let him say: ‘Indeed I am fasting.'”
Sahih Jami at Tirmidhi
About the Author
Shumaysa Amatul Hadi Faruqi is a student of Al Quran and a qualified Special Educator and Psychologist with a Master’s degree from Jamia Millia Islamia. Her interests include reading, writing, researching and painting. She is an avid blogger and writes regularly at http://www.shumaysafaruqi.blogspot.com