Fasting is one of the fifth pillars of Islam. Fasting in Arabic is called ‘’swam ’’ which means ‘to be at rest’.
During this month every able-bodied Muslims is required to fast. Muslims fast as an act of worship, a chance to get closer to God. Ramadan is observed during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is a month of fasting, praying, and a lot more.
The main goal of this month is to get closer to God.
The month of Ramadan is different for everyone just like everyone has a different connection with God. The month of Ramadan is one of the most beautiful months for all over the Muslim around the globe.
Quran says about fasting;
And it is better for you that ye fast, if ye only knew.”Quran2:184
Fasting in Ramadan develops a person in brotherhood, unity, togetherness, and all the things for the one and only ALLAH.
Ramadan has come along with many opportunities every year for Muslims. Ramadan is not just a month of fasting but it has a great feeling.
o you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may develop god-consciousness.”(Quran 2:183).
Reasons to FAST
One of the basic beliefs in Ramadan is spiritual purification. Our mind, body, and spirit are separate components but they are interconnected with each other. Ramadan purifies the mind, body, and spirit.
To purify oneself.
This month reminds us to purify oneself. It’s a time to cleanse your body and soul from any impurities and focus on the worship of God and do good deeds. It’s not just the body which should be restrained but also our tongue, the tongue should be restrained from gossip and backbiting. And our eyes should be restrained from any unlawful things. It’s the perfect time for action and change.
Family and community
Ramadan is not just a month of spiritual purification. there is much more to it than meets the eye. All the routines align at Sheri and if-tar, and this brings families together. The only one who observes fasting with family they know the beauty of breaking fasting with others, celebrating the month of kindness, humility, and self-nesses.
Connection to God
Indeed, one generally doesn’t realize how grateful he/she is but fasting purifies the soul. It reminds every Muslim how fasting connects to God. It feels great when we all fast only for the creator of the universe and only for Him we restrict ourselves from drinking and eating. Ramadan is not just a month it’s a great feeling, feeling which is different for everyone.
In this modern world where everyone wants to do so many things and with the constant demand of modern life it’s easier to become lost and forget who we are.
And fasting is the perfect time for some action and change in our routines, where we disconnect from reality and think that this is the end. That we all are in the bitter world where nothing is permanent and everything is temporary. every year RAMADAN comes to tell us and teaches us to focus on ourselves because one day we all have to face our LORD.
Breaking your fast
Salman ibn Amir Dhabi related that the Prophet said: “Break your fast with dates, or else with water, for it is pure.” (Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi)
Drinking while fasting
Abu Huraira related that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
“If anyone forgets that he is fasting and eats or drinks he should complete his Siyam, for it is Allah who has fed him and given him drink.”
Fasting in Ramadan is a gift from God to all of us
This is an opportunity from God to all of us that we all have to focus on ourselves. Fasting is a gift from Allah Pak, allowing us to grow, heal and develop as human beings and focus on our soul and it enables us to become more companionate, carrying, kind, and more grateful.
Fasting in Ramadan is not just about not drinking or eating food but it means to purify oneself for the sake of God. And it’s a great opportunity to develop spiritually and gain strength and to control ourselves. Fasting in Ramadan teaches us so many lessons but the one most important thing that Ramadan teaches us is to control ourselves, our nafs, our anger, and our egos.
By observing fasting in Ramadan, Muslims have a unique opportunity to become more patient, peaceful, and present and spiritual—- the goal of Islam.
Ramadan itself means
Fasting itself means
So if we all follow these steps in Ramadan and if we pray in this month for everyone then Insha’Allah we will be forgiven. We’ve to learn from this month. Use this month to train yourself to be a better person. Try and let go of your ego and pride and most importantly pray for better days. Ask for forgiveness for sincere intentions.
Ask Allah for guidance. If you’ve not had a conversation with Allah in a while then don’t wait, use this month to talk to him. He always listens and he is always listening. So tell him everything and talk to him every day. Because Allah loves you more than you can ever love him.
Ramadan – Time for action and change