The Purpose of Ramadan

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So we’re already a week into Ramadan, Its flying by! I started fasting when I was 8 or 9, at that time I had no idea why I was fasting I just did it because my older brother and my cousins used to. Many muslims grow up fasting but what I find surprising is that a lot of muslims don’t know why they are fasting as adults. I guess its like religion, sometimes your born into a religion and you don’t really know much about it but your just labelled that religion. I think beliefs are fundamental to who you are and blind faith is very ignorant. Do things because you believe and understand them. I was listening to the radio in the car last night, an Arabic singer said, “I come to Dubai for Ramadan because its fun and Ramadan is all about enjoying yourself and having good food with family and friends” I was shocked!

The purpose of Ramadan is to rid us of bad habits that we accumulate throughout the year, its a spiritual detox. It is supposed to prepare you for the next 11 months by practicing discipline and self control. There are many things forbidden during daylight hours and eating and drinking are just two of them. Allah gave humans all sorts of desires that are usually permissiable however if you can control those during this month it will strengthen your will power which should in turn allow you to control yourself from doing things that are forbidden (haraam) in the remaining months.

This month is very fruitful for muslims, rewards are abundant through worship and self control. In this month we are given many opportunities to reform ourselves and seek forgiveness for our bad sins. This is a month of reformation and self reflection, where a believer can ponder over spirituality and piety and bring a change for the better. The Prophet of Allah صلي الله عليه و سلم has clearly stated:

مَنْ لَمْ يَدَعْ قَوْلَ الزُّورِ وَالْعَمَلَ بِهِ فَلَيْسَ لِلَّهِ حَاجَةٌ فِي أَنْ يَدَعَ طَعَامَهُ وَشَرَابَهُ
“Whoever does not give up lying and evil actions, then Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink” [Saheeh al-Bukhari]

Basically if you just starve yourself from sunrise to sunset it is unneccessary unless you understand why and pair this with working towards being a better person. Its about purifying your mind and soul as well as your body.

In summary, the month of Ramadan is about self reflection and changing yourself for the better. Its also about how you can contribute positively to the human race, it is obligatory to give to charity during this month. I find myself thinking a lot about people in need, when I’m fasting and I get hungry or thirsty I think of those people who have been starving for days on end and I feel selfish for even feeling hunger or thirst. I think of what I can do to help. As well as giving the needy money or food I send them prayers and positive energy everyday, I pray for them to find strength, for Allah to make there suffering bearable and I pray that those blessed with abundance share some of their wealth. This month is about worship, asking forgiveness for sins and seeking guidance to follow a path that will lead you to a better future in this life and the next.

Wishing you a blessed Ramadan,

Zohra x

 

 

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