Objective of fasting in Ramadhan

2016-05-25 06:00

RAMADHAN is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It has been prescribed upon the Muslims to fast in this month and it is one of the five pillars of Islam. Muslims all the world observe total fasting (no food or water) between dawn and sunset in the month of Ramadhan.

Fasting is an unique moral and spiritual Islamic attribute. The main reason behind fasting is to attain piety. After all, it is an act of worship that testifies to total submission and obedience.

The hardship that the faithful endures while carrying out this obligation is insignificant in comparison with the noble objective of attaining Allah’s pleasure and the great reward in the hereafter.

Fasting helps the faithful develop a strong personality and character. It instills in them the quality of will power and determination. It also helps develop the virtue of displaying affection towards the poor and distressed, for one can easily remember their condition when one undergoes the pangs of hunger.

Fasting also nurtures gentle forebearing character and teachers patience. It also provide the faithful with both spiritual growth and physical fitness. It strengthens the body and is a cure to many known diseases.

Ramadhan certainly has no substitute. All the months belong to Allah, the Almighty. Who has alone created the world. He alone has created time, and time continuously changes. Yet the special­ feature of Ramadhan is such that the almighty says, “the month of Ramadhan is the month which was revealed in the Quran, a guide for mankind and open signs of guidance and a criterion between truth and falsehood”.

Ramadhan is no ordinary month. We usually do not pay much attention to what we always see or are familiar with, like for instance the road which we always travel. Similarly we do not take much notice of what we are used to hearing, to the extent that every time we hear the call to prayer we do not ponder on the meaning of its words. Let us pledge that this Ramadhan we will make up for all the sins and shortcomings that we remember to have committed in the previous Ramadhans.

The Almighty has favoured Ramadhan over other months for its numerous merits and virtues.

These include:

• The odour from the month of a fasting person is more pleasing to the Almighty than the fragrance of musk.

• The devils are chained during this month.

• The doors of paradise are opened while those in hell are locked.

• Those fasting receive forgiveness of their sins on the last night of Ramadhan.

How then should we receive this month that has all these merits and virtues? Is it by occupying ourselves with playfulness, or should we feel panic and a great burden on our shoulders upon its arrival.

The righteous servants of Allah welcome it with repentance and dogged determination to fully reap its benefits and put its precious time to good use.

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