Imagine, once a year, 1.6 billion individuals around the globe, come together, create a magical force, envelope into peaceful serenity, and drown into the harmony given to us during the blessed month of Ramadhan. How fortunate are we?.
Ramadhan is one of twelve months in the Arabic calender. One month out of twelve, the month Ramadhan falls within, differentiates vastly from the others for many virtues.
Allaah by his wisdom has prescribed a variety of acts of worship. Fasting being the fourth of those commandments. Allaah has mentioned the reason and wisdom behind His enjoining of fasting upon us, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):
“O you who believe! Observing As-Sawm (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqoon (the pious)”
This allows us to attain piety by being more conscious of our Lord, as well as avoiding those that are Forbidden by him. The guidelines we are given are a pursuit of self improvement.
It was in the month of Ramadhan that the Quraan was revealed. A guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong)…”
During the blessed month, the gates of hell are closed, and the devil is chained up. We take utmost advantage of this opportunity to pray in faith and in the hope of rewards as meana of forgiveness for sins we have committed knowingly or unknowingly.
It’s really gives us the chance to reflect. The deeds we commit, do we blame the devil all the time? Or is that really me? If so, what do I do to better myself. We forget that the people we talk about behind their backs are noted. The white lies we tell to get out if things are heard. The spiteful actions we make out of anger are seen. Reflect on these things.
Being deprived of all things we desire for a period of time gives us all a great chance to detox ourselves of the sins we committed. Today, I live in a society where one commits sins on the justification that ‘its okay’ to do such things, it is the norm. Islam gives us steps we follow as rituals that work to better our lives, our character, our soul. We are her to submit to Allaah, it is our purpose to get closer to him. We are given guidelines on how to attain that. Every action made either turns us closer to him, or further away.
This month alone brings together a community, we help each other to reach the goals set by our Lord. Every person you meet is fighting their own journey. I am too. This month gives a chance to self reflect, to build and grow. To spiritually focus on myself, the people around me.
This is a reminder to myself first. To pursuit the coming days self improving physically, mentally, spiritually. We all have demons. We all sin differently. That’s why they say every Saint had a past and every sinner had a future. Islam is a religion of peace, and although promotes discipline and structure, it values forgiveness.
Ramadhan Kareem Ladies