I hope that the previous post was clear and to the point for us about the purpose of Ramadan. InshaAllah, you all are enjoying and benefitting from Ramadan until now. Although, for us, it has only been two days, it is out of our imagination of the amount of mercy and blessings that have been brought down in this time frame.
Let’s talk about the importance of Ramadan and what Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى states in the Quran in reference to this holy month. Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى, out of His great Mercy and forgiveness has bestowed Ramadan upon us so that we may take advantage to its fullest. For example, if we have been neglectful of prayers, supplications and being of service to His people, we now have been provided a good amount of time to make it up. There are a vast amount of facts I can mention here as the Quran talks about Ramadan in various chapters in much detail. Along side, the words of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) which provide even more in-depth details. However, keeping it short and precise may be effective for us all.
Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى mentions in the Quran:
Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may attain taqwaa.” (Q 2:183)
The most honored by Allah amongst you are those best in taqwaa.”(Q 49:13)
..And it is better for you that ye fast, if ye only knew.” (Q 2:184)
The verses emphasize that we as humans are not aware of what is better for us. We may see not being able to drink or eat for an entire day as a burden and difficult; however, the benefits behind fasting are immense, if we only knew what our God knows best for us.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
“Whoever fasts during Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven.” [Bukhari]
Based on the above Ahadith and Quranic Verses, we must understand that to fast means that we commit ourselves to improving in terms of unacceptable habits we have had in the past 11 months. This would increase our status in the eyes of our Lord so that we may get closer to achieving Jannah (heaven).
Ramadan helps to make us better practicing human beings in terms of obligation. It is the month that brings us closer to Allah and reveals unto us His clear commandments.
So, let’s build intentions to be able to achieve a fraction, if not all, of what the month would like us to accomplish.
May Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى help us all reach our spiritual goals and take them forward with us for the entire year.
*next post: What we can do to increase our Taqwa and Ibadah