The main reason behind fasting is to attain taqwaa, or piety, as the Quran says:
“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become pious”
Fasting provides protection and strength for both the soul and the body. It is a sure cure for many illnesses and a wonderful tool for strengthening the soul in the love of Allah and His obedience.
Fasting also provides an exacting exercise in discipline. Allah’s Messenger said, “Fasting is a shield: so when one of you is fasting he should not use foul or foolish talk. If someone attacks him or insults him, let him say, am fasting, I am fasting” (Al-Bukhaaee and Muslim)
Sawm, or siyaam, is an Arabic word which means “keeping away from something.” In Islam. it means to abstain from eating, drinking and other things from dawn until sunset with the intention of getting closer to Allah.
The fast of Ramadan was made obligatory on Muslims in the second year of the Hijrah. When the month of Ramadan comes, Muslims must fast it because of Allah’s Command:
“So whoever of you witnesses the month of Ramadan) must fast it.”
Fasting also makes one realize, through one’s own experience, how it feels to be hungry and thirsty, and thus to gain a true appreciation of the needs of the poor
Praise be to Allah. It is one of the blessings of Allah to the Muslim that He enables him to fast in Ramadan and to spend its nights in prayer. It is a month in which good deeds are multiplied and people are raised in status, when Allah frees some people from the Fire. So the Muslim should strive to make the most of this month and the goodness it brings; he should hasten to spend his life in worship. How many people have been deprived of this month because of sickness, death or misguidance.
The Muslim must make the most of his time during this month; he has an unavoidable duty towards his children, to raise them well and bring them up properly, to urge them to do all kinds of goodness and make them get used to that – because the child will grow up in the manner to which his father makes him get accustomed.
Write a shopping list for the whole month of Ramadan so you can buy all essential goods for in good time and you can spend less time during the holy month rushing around. So you preserve energy and will be more focused on your religious rituals and spiritual development.
Start wake up for Fajr prayer. Make it your habit and you find how it will be easy to wake up for Sahar during Ramadan. Continue reading →