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Lessons & Moralities of Fasting
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RAMADAN is a month of discipline, self-control, patience, and good


behavior. In Ramadan, Muslims are expected to gain the fruits of


fasting, namely, piety and consciousness of Allah. In this context,


Allah, Most High, says in the Glorious Qur'an : "O you who believe!


Observing As-Saum (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was


prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqun


(the pious)." (Al-Baqarah 2:183)


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Also, He says: "And He it is Who has put the night and the day in


succession, for such who desires to remember or desires to show his


gratitude." (Al-Furqan 25:62)


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Life and death and the succession of nights and days have a purpose


and that is to test us and to give us an opportunity to express our


thanks and gratitude to our Creator and Sustainer. The month of


Ramadan comes and goes. We must examine ourselves now and see what


we have learned and achieved during this month. The test of success


of this month lies in the effects it has left upon us as follows:


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Discipline


We learn in this month how to discipline ourselves for the sake of


Allah. We follow a strict schedule of eating and drinking. We are


constantly aware that even in our such mundane activities as eating


and drinking, we must follow divine injunctions. We change our


habits in our daily routines because we learn that we are not the


servants and slaves to our habits, but always the servants of Allah.


Then after Ramadan, we have to keep this spirit of discipline in


other modes of our life and must continue with our submission to the


commands of Allah.


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Renewal of devotional life


Ramadan renews our enthusiasm for worship and devotion to Allah. In


this month we are more careful of our daily prayers and have special


prayers at night. There is no religion without prayer and Muslims


learn in this month how to strengthen and deepen their religious


life.


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Renewal of contact with the Qur'an


Ramadan and the Qur'an are linked together from the beginning. It


was in this month that this divine message was revealed to Prophet


Muhammad (peace be upon him). We are told that the Prophet (peace be


upon him) was fasting when he received the first revelation. Fasting


prepares the believers' hearts to learn the Word of Allah. It is the


most suitable condition for our spiritual and mental communication


with the Qur'an. The Muslim Ummah pays more attention to the Qur'an


in this month. This renewed contact with the Qur'an must help us in


following its message.


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Renewal of identity with the Ummah


Ramadan is not an individual experience only, but it is an


experience in community. The whole Muslim Ummah fasts together in


one and the same month. We identify with one another in our


obedience to Allah. This gives us a new sense of togetherness and


association. Ramadan teaches us that the Muslim Ummah is the


community of piety and devotion to Allah and its members derive


their strength from each other in deeds of piety and virtue. The


bonds that are based on piety and virtue are the strongest and these


bonds prove good for mankind. The strength of the Muslim community


lies in its commitment to the values of goodness, morality and


piety. Ramadan leaves an imprint of all these values upon the Muslim


Ummah.


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A fresh sense of care and sympathy


Fasting in the month of Ramadan helps us to understand the suffering


and the pains of the poor and needy. By our voluntary hunger and


thirst we realize what it means to be deprived of basic necessities


of life. Ramadan is called the month of charity and sympathy. We


learn how to be more kind and generous in this month. Many Muslims


also pay their Zakah in the month of Ramadan.


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Jihad or struggle


Fasting in Ramadan and Jihad both of them were prescribed in the


same year, that is, the second year of Hijra in Madina. Fasting


prepares for hardships and sacrifices. These are two important


things without which Jihad is not possible. Muslims learn in Ramadan


how to struggle against the forces of evil in their own selves, in


the society around them, and in the world at large.


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Taqwa


To summarize all the moral and spiritual gifts of Ramadan, we can


say that Ramadan gives us the great gift of Taqwa (piety). Taqwa is


the sum total of Islamic life. It is the highest of all virtues in


the Islamic scheme of things. It means, God-consciousness, piety,


fear and awe of Allah and it signifies submission to Allah and total


commitment to all that is good and rejection of all that is evil and


bad.

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