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Lessons & Moralities of Fasting

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)


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)


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:



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.


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



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.


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



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.


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.



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


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