(Bismillah-ir Rahman-ir Rahim)
In the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Compassionate
We are indeed very lucky to be welcoming another month of Ramadan. The most blessed and the holy month. This is the month to wipe off all our sins and start fresh. Its the month of mercy, rahma in Arabic. The doors of Heaven are open and the gates of Hell are closed. It is our only chance to go to Heaven, what if we aren't alive till the next Ramadan? And Allah knows best.
Why do we fast? Why do we abstain from things which are halal for us during rest of the year?
If I want to answer this in one sentence it would be : For the love of Allah, subahana Wa Tala.
Fasting is a means of attaining taqwa (piety, being conscious of Allaah), and taqwa means doing that which Allah has enjoined and avoiding that which He has forbidden. Fasting is one of the greatest means of helping a person to fulfil the commands of Islam.
When we are fasting, we realise numerous things which we do not when we are not fasting.
Amongst them, the first one would be being grateful for things Allah has provided us. Being humans, we are engrossed with so much work in our daily lives that we forget to be thankful to our creator. When we give up eating, drinking and intercourse we start to realise and appreciate the value of blessings Allah has given us. It enables compassion and empathy towards the poor who cannot afford food and shelter. When we taste the pain of hunger, we remember those who are in this situation. It softens our heart and we hasten to do acts of kindness to poor and needy. Alhamdullilah for the everything we have been given.
Fasting leads us to quit haram things through self-realisation and enables self control. When we give up all the halal things that Allah has bestowed upon us (eating, drinking and intercourse) just to please Allah and fear His Torment, we are more likely to think twice and abstain from all the haram things. Jazak Allahu Khayran for all the pleasure Allah has provided us.
Fasting humiliates and weakens the Shaytaan. It weakens the effects of his whispers (waswasa) on a person and reduces his sins. That is because the Shaytaan “flows through the son of Adam like blood” as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, but fasting narrows the passages through which the Shaytaan flows, so his influence grows less. Ya Allah protect us from the evil and make us amongst your faithful believers.
Ramadan is not only about fasting from food and intercourse. It is also very important for the one who is fasting to carry out religious duties and avoid haraam things in word and deed.We should not backbite about people, tell lies, or spread malicious gossip among them, or engage in haraam transactions. We should avoid all haraam things. Doing haraam actions do not invalidate our fast but it detracts from its reward and may cancel out the reward altogether. It is a spiritual connection with Allah and we should concentrate on strengthening our imaan, our relationship with the Ar Rahman, Ar Rahim, Al Malik.
Ramadan is a test for us. And we shouldn't fail in this test. It is by His wisdom that Allah has prescribed a variety of acts of worship, to test us with regard to how we will obey all His commands. Will we only choose to do which suits us, or will we do that which pleases Allah?
Let us go in the straight path in which Allah has prescribed upon us. Let the only aim be to go to Jannah. Let us make Allah happy.