Saturday, May 14, 2011

Ramadan - Benefits

Praise be to Allah.

Ramadan is a month of fasting and prayer for Muslims. Fasting is total abstinence from food and drinking from dawn to dusk during the holy month of Ramadan. However, there are more important things for young people that abstinence-only food and drink. The real purpose of fasting during Ramadan is to inculcate in man the spirit of abstaining from sins and the cultivation of virtue

First it should be noted that one of the names of Allah is al-Hakim (the wisest). The word Hakeem is originated from the same source hukm (wisdom) and Hikma (wisdom). Allah is the only one who issues a decision, and crises are most wise and perfect.

Second: God does not require a decision, but there is wisdom that we can try to understand, or our minds may be led us to understand. We know some of them, but many are hidden from us.

Fasting is a means of accomplishing taqwa (piety, being aware of Allah), and taqwa means doing what God has appointed and avoiding what He forbids. Fasting is one of the most important means to help a person to fill the orders of Islam.

The scholars (may Allah have mercy on him) mentioned some of the reasons why fasting is recommended, all of which are characteristics of piety. Among the reasons for fasting:

1)    Fasting is a way that allows us to appreciate and give thanks for the pleasures that Allah has bestowed upon us. Since food and water, are among the greatest pleasures. Giving them up for a short time make us appreciate their value. Blessings of Allah are recognized when they are away from us, which motivates us to be grateful for them.

2)    Fasting enables us to control our desires, because when a person is filled with desires to grow, but if you are hungry, then his desire becomes weak.

3)    Fasting makes us feel compassionate and have sympathy for the poor, because while fasting we consider the pain of hunger for a moment, remembering those in this situation all the time.

4)    Fasting weakens Satan; it weakens the effects of his whispering to us and reduces sins. Fasting reduces the attempts of Satan, his influence becomes less on us.

5)    The fasting person is training himself to remember that God is always on the lookout, overlooking the things he wants, even if they are able to take them because he knows that God can see.

6)    It makes a Muslim used to do acts of worship, because the people who fast usually do more acts of worship and gets used to it.

Some of the reasons for fasting are enjoined. We ask Allah to help us achieve this and to worship Him properly during the holy month of Ramadan.

And Allah knows best

1 comment:

Quran Reading said...

Thanks for sharing such a Nice post about Ramadan-benefits...Hazrat Sahel bin Saad (R.A) said that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said "Heaven has eight doors and one of them is Bab_ur_Rayyan from which only those people will pass who take fast in Ramadan."