leads to inner peace and righteousness
By Ayesha Yusuf
As we enter the holy month of Ramadhan, the blessed
month of peace and mercy of Allah, we have to remind ourselves of
our obligations to the Lord, our creator and sustainer.
was prescribed for man that he attains Taqwa (the state of righteousness).
It is the month of sincere repentance, during which we seek forgiveness
for our sins. We must fast in complete submission to our Lord and
rediscover our lost faith, while seeking his help to lead a life
of righteousness – not only in this sacred month but also
throughout our life. Repentance has a special status which is not
found in other forms of worship.
loves those who repent and diligently seek purity. This is the month
of endurance that also brings paradise within man's reach. Fasting
or saum, one of the five pillars of Islam, is a shield that protects
man and makes him aware of his obligations. It also enables him
to control his desires. It distances man from the fire, for fasting
comes between man and the fire.
says "Fasting is for me, and I will recompense it". (Sahih
Muslim). This is because, unlike a man's other acts of righteousness
which may be seen by others, fasting is known only to Allah.
glorious Quran that came as a guidance to mankind was revealed in
this month. Clear proofs of guidance and the criterion to discern
right from the wrong are also part of the revelation. So whoever
of you who sights the crescent on the first night, he must fast
that month". (2-185)
ye who believe, fasting is prescribed unto you, as it was prescribed
for those before you so that you may attain righteousness".
enables man to master himself and resist the cravings of his inner
self. Instead of being a slave to his desires, he finds contentment
and inner peace.
does not impose hardships on man, for he knows his ability. In Surah
Mulk, Allah says: "Should he not know, he that created. He
understands the finest mysteries, and is well acquainted with them."
Ramadhan is the month of good deeds. We have to keep in mind, that
fasting in Ramadhan does not mean only abstaining from food and
drink from dawn to dusk, but also controlling our tongue and actions.
we fast we come to terms with the pangs of hunger the poor experience
in their daily life. If we fast in its true sense, we can reap its
benefits, both spiritually and physically. It is for our well-being
that Allah has prescribed the fast in this holy month.
Holy Prophet Muhammad \said that when man fasts his sins are forgiven
through this blessed act of worship.
eat and drink, until the white thread appears to you, distinct from
the black thread." (Quran: 2-187). This is in reference to
the breaking of dawn. The breaking of the fast should be as soon
as the sun sets, and suhoor or the pre-dawn meal should be taken
as late as possible, before Fajr. It is a blessed meal from Allah,
as Allah's Messenger called it, and is a compliance of the Sunnah.
is also the month of charity. It is the tax enjoined on man. He
is commanded to share his wealth with the poor. Give of the largesse
Allah bestows on you. Wealth is a trust bestowed on man, not only
for himself, to live a life of luxury, but also to assist the needy.
Allah reiterates this in the Holy Quaran thus: "Covet not that
which Allah has bestowed more freely on some than others.
loveth not the arrogant and vain glorious. Nor the niggardly who
hide the bounties that Allah has bestowed on them, for we have prepared
for them a punishment that steeps them in contempt." (4-36).