How to Gear up for Ramadan {Islam}

Posted on May 30, 2015 · Posted in Blog, General, Personal

Ramadan for true believers is the month of worship.

Fasting is an act of devotion.

Ramadan could be during a hot summer, where the day is long as it could exceed 17 hours, and thirst would exhaust the fasting person who knows that there is fresh cold water in the fridge, but he would never drink a single drop of water even if there is nobody at home (he fears Allah and believes that Allah knows everything).

Therefore, the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said in Qudsi Hadith that Allah says:

“Every deed of the son of Adam is for him except fasting; it is for Me and I shall reward for it.” (Al-Bukhari) 

Worship Training Course

During the other days of the year, do you feel guilty if you eat, drink, or have sexual intercourse with your wife?But what is the purpose behind this training?

Of course not, because these actions are halal (lawful).

On the other hand, these lawful actions become unlawful during the daytime of Ramadan. So if you leave off these lawful and permissible actions during the daytime of Ramadan, you would certainly leave sins and wrongdoings (which are unlawful actions).

Allah the Almighty wants us to have self-control and strong will. Would you lie, cheat, or backbite someone (which are unlawful actions), while you leave off eating and drinking (which are lawful actions)?

For sure this is not the purpose behind fasting. As if Allah the Almighty makes us more strong-willed to be able to fast Ramadan.

The human being may not stand to have lessons all the days of the year, but he could stand a 30 day training course.

Ramadan: The Month of Forgiveness

In Ramadan you start a new page with Allah the Almighty

The Prophet (Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) said:

“Whoever fasts Ramadan out of faith and seeking reward (from Allah), all his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

“He who observed prayer on the nights of Ramadan out of faith and seeking reward (from Allah), all his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Al-Bukhari)

In Ramadan you start a new page with Allah the Almighty, which is considered a golden opportunity for you to achieve.

Your speed in Ramadan should be 100, but now you are at zero or one, you can’t walk on one till 29th of Sha’ban, then you suddenly jump to 100. Therefore, you should prepare yourself in advance; if there is a simple problem, try to solve it before Ramadan, but if you have a complicated one, leave it to after Ramadan (if it is not urgent), because Ramadan is the month of worship only.

In fact, the Prophet (Peace be upon him) used to seclude himself in the mosque during Ramadan for worship (i’tikaf).

I can’t urge you to seclude yourself in the mosque, because I know that life nowadays is hard and complicated, but I urge you to seclude in another way; to prevent yourself from worthless and nonsense talks, criticizing people, or even from worries and problem solving, because this month is a worship training course, and worship charges the believers. 

Ramadan is a Belief Recharger

whenever you stand to pray, you receive a charge of faith.

A clarifying example: the mobile phone needs to be recharged, because if you don’t recharge it, it will stop working and become a useless piece of plastic. Likewise, you, as a believer, need to be recharged.

There are different kinds of recharging

We have a daily recharge; which is the prayer; whenever you stand to pray, you receive a charge of faith. Allah the Almighty says:

{Verily, the rising by night (for Tahajjud prayer) is very hard and most potent and good for governing (the soul), and most suitable for (understanding) the Word (of Allah).”?Verily, there is for you by day prolonged occupation with ordinary duties.} (73:6-7)

When you have been recharged in Fajr prayer, you feel that you see the truth all the day, you say and act properly, you feel calm and secure, you feel that Allah has lightened up your heart and that His blessings surround you. Accordingly, you are being recharged from prayer to prayer.

Ramadan includes thirty days of fasting, reciting the noble Quran, remembering Allah, performing Fajr and Isha prayers in the mosque, performing 20 units ofTaraweeh every day, in addition to 30 days of almsgiving, lowering the gaze, and controlling the tongue; hence, Ramadan is an annual recharger for us.

First, in Ramadan you become accustomed to obey Allah the Almighty; because you leave the permissible actions, so it is a fortiori to leave the prohibited actions.

The Muslim should fast by his mouth and limbs all the days of Ramadan, but in Shawwal, he breaks the fast of his mouth only, and keeps the fast of his limbs until the end of the year; he keeps lowering the gaze, controlling the tongue, seekinghalal earnings (lawful)…. etc.

Thus, Ramadan helps you to be more strong-willed during the whole year.

I deeply wish from all believers to avoid the new way of fasting; because Ramadan season among some recent communities is not the season of worship and getting close to Allah the Almighty; rather it is the season of TV shows and series, soirees, and feasts; this is not the act of the true believers.

Ramadan for the true believers is the month of worship, as they would open a new page with Allah the Almighty which would make over the way of their life.

Feeling the Need to Allah the Almighty

Allah the Almighty says:

{And man was created weak.} (4: 28)

you feel the grace of having enough food in your home, you feel the suffering of the poor

During the other days of the year, the person may not observe his weakness and neediness; for example, a person occupies a high position, has a strong character, and holds many people under his control, in Ramadan, this person fasts about 12 hours every day, he feels so thirsty and he only thinks of cold drinks (he observes his weakness and need that he may not feel during the other days of the year), as if Allah the Almighty wants us to feel our need to Him.

When you feel hungry or thirsty, this is among your neediness to Allah the Almighty.

In Ramadan you feel the grace of having enough food in your home, you feel the suffering of the poor people practically. Besides that, you feel your neediness to Allah the Almighty.

Fasting is a Collective Worship

Fasting is a collective worship; the population in Damascus is about 5 million people, imagine that all Muslim people are eating at the same time (after Maghrib adhan), roads are empty, and there is a collective worship, as if Allah the Almighty wants us to be organized.

Fasting begins by Imsak adhan (starting fast), people pray Fajr and Ishaa in the mosque, and they break their fast by Maghrib adhan. Therefore, fasting teaches cooperation and organization. Allah the Almighty says:

{Verily, Allah loves those who fight in His Cause in rows (ranks) as if they were a solid structure.} (61:4)

Furthermore, many worships that sound heavy and difficult to some believers during the other days of the year become easy in Ramadan (by Allah’s Help).

Conclusion

If a sinner turns to Allah with repentance, a herald calls out in the heavens and earth, ‘O creatures! Congratulate him, for he has been reconciled with Allah’.

If a believer returns to Allah with true sincere repentance, Allah makes him, the angels and the whole world, forget his sins and misdeeds.

Ramadan is a golden chance to open a new page with Allah the Almighty and return back to Him. -onislam.net

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