This month is full of great acts of worship. Some actions are obligatory during the month, fasting being one of them. This involuntary act has more virtues than most other deeds done throughout the year. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar. It is believed that the revelation of the Quran started during this month to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Quran was sent down as a guidance for humanity, and thus, fasting is also considered a means towards attaining nearness to Allah Subhanah. There are five significant events mentioned in the Holy Book:
- The first verses of Surah Alaq were revealed.
- Surah Baqarah was completed.
- The ‘verse of stoning’ was revealed.
- The five daily prayers were made obligatory at Makkah.
- Repentance was ordained in case of major sins.
Fast of Ramadan
While fasting, abstaining from food, drink, anger, arguing, and so on is the main objective, the month brings many other benefits too for human beings in general. Angel Gabriel met Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) every night in Ramadan. During this month, Allah Subhanah chose to purify his last Prophet’s heart before he passed away at the age of 63.
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Prays are answered abundantly in this month by Allah Subhanah. The gates of heaven are opened for close access to Him throughout this month. During this month, Allah Subhanah accepts the repentance of His servants who seek forgiveness for their sins.
The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “Whoever fasts the month of Ramadan, obeying all its orders and keeping away from all its prohibitions, will be forgiven his previous sins.” The recompense for good deeds is multiplied by ten to seven hundred times this month.
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) gave this advice to us. He was asked about fasting on a cloudy day when there were no shadows; he replied: ‘Allah knows best where to place the moon; so if it is hidden behind clouds know that Allah has ord,ined this for you.’ This is another great virtue of fasting this month.
The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Look to the beauty of Ramadan.” Without a shadow of a doubt, the presence of sincere intention is the key to any good deed, and this is all the more true when it comes to fasting. It must be an honor for a slave to deny his pleasures to seek pleasure from his Master Allah Subhanah. If one looks soberly at themself during fasts, they know how self-denial would encourage them towards righteousness.
Is Fast Good for Health
Our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was described as being milder than milk during Ramadan – meaning that he had such control over his desire that it seemed like water in comparison; and even when he decided to eat, he would break his fast with an odd number of dried dates, never exceeding the limit. He (PBUH) said: “Whoever gives up something for my sake will be rewarded by Allah Subhanah.”
During this month, Muslims unite to worship their Lord; it is a time where brothers and sisters in Faith help each other do good deeds; it is also an excellent opportunity for non-Muslims who embrace Islam during these blessed days. The true Muslim loves Ramadan because there are more opportunities to draw nearer to our Creator, Allah Subhanah. The fasting person feels closer than ever before to Allah Subhanah. All Muslims try their best not to let themselves go astray during this beautiful month but rather keep their hearts pure and their tongues, hands, and feet engaged in good deeds.
The month of Ramadan brings many advantages to human beings. It is highly recommended to fast during this month, especially on Saturdays and Sundays. Though fasting has excellent rewards for all Muslims, they should try their best not to let themselves go astray during this beautiful month. The fasting person feels closer than ever before to Allah Subhanah; it is also an excellent opportunity for non-Muslims who embrace Islam during these blessed days. If one looks soberly at themself during fasts, they know how self-denial would encourage them towards righteousness.
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