Important Lessons From Ramadhan
From The Many Important Lessons To Be Learnt From Fasting Are:
: GAINING TAQWA
Allah Almighty has said in the Holy Qur'an: O you who believe! fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed upon those before you in order that you may attain taqwaa." (2:183). Fasting is a means of attaining taqwaa, since it helps prevent a person from many sins that one is prone to. Due to this, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "Fasting is a shield with which the servant protects himself from the Fire." So we should ask ourselves, after each day of fasting: Has this fasting made us more fearful and obedient to Allah? Has it aided us in distancing ourselves from sins and disobedience?
: SEEKING NEARNESS TO ALLAH
Drawing closer to Allah - the Most Perfect - in this blessed month, can be achieved by fulfilling one's obligatory du-ties; and also reciting the Qur'aan and reflecting upon its meanings, increasing in kindness and in giving charity, in making du'aa (supplication) to Allah, attending the Taraaweeh Prayer, seeking out Laylatul-Qadr (the Night of Power), a night which is better than a thousand months, attending gatherings of knowledge, and striving in those actions that will cause the heart to draw closer to its lord and to gain His forgiveness. Our level of striving in this blessed month should be greater than our striving to worship Allah in any other month, due to the excellence and rewards that Allah has placed in it.
: ACQUIRING PATIENCE
Fasting is a means of learning self-restraint and patience. With patience we are able to strengthen our resolve to worship Allah alone, with sincerity, and also cope with life's ups and downs. So - for example - with patience we are able to perform our Prayers calmly and correctly, without being hasty, and without merely pecking the ground several times! With patience we are able to restrain our souls from greed and stinginess and thus give part of our surplus wealth in Zakaah (obligatory charity). With patience we are able to subdue the soul's ill temperament, and thus endure the ordeal and hardships of Hajj, without losing tempers and behaving badly.
: CULTIVATING GOOD MANNERS
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "Whosoever does not abandon falsehood in speech and action, then Allah the Mighty and Majestic has no need that he should leave his food and drink." and also: ""Fasting is not merely abstaining from eating and drinking. Rather, it is also abstaining from ignorant and indecent speech. So if anyone abuses or behaves ignorantly with you, then say: I am fasting, I am fasting." These narrations point towards the importance of truthfulness and good manners. Thus, this blessed month teaches us not only to abstain from food and drink, but to also abstain from such statements and actions that may be the cause of harming people and violating their rights.
: SENSING MUSLIM UNITY
In this blessed month we can sense an increased feeling of unity and of being a single Ummah due to our fasting and breaking our fast collectively. We also feel an increased awareness about the state of affairs of the Muslims and of the hardships that they endure, because during the fast a Muslim feels and experiences what his needy and hungry brothers and sisters feel, who are forced to go without food and drink for many days. Ramadhan is a time to increase our sense of unity and brotherhood, and our commitment to Allah and His Religion. May Allah Almighty grant us the tawfeeq to benefit from the fasts that we keep in the blessed month of Ramadhan and maintain what we acquire during the month throughout the entire year till the following Ramadhan. Ameen.
Written by: Kauser Hashmi