Aug 17, 2011

Understanding Ramadan: The Blessed Month Of Mercy

By Seema Muhammad Belushi

Allah subhanahu wa ta’laa says in the Qur’an: And I (Allah) created not the jinn and humans except they should worship Me (Alone)…Adh-Dhariyat 51:56

In this ayah from the Qur’an Allah is reminding us about the purpose of our lives, that we (humans) have been created just to worship Allah alone…Many people especially the younger generation today may think otherwise, that if a human was created just to worship Allah subhanahu wa ta’alaa then why did He create the Angels for worship? For Allah subhanahu wa ta’alaa has created the Angels who have been worshipping Allah even before the first human was created! There are Angels who (only Allah knows their exact number) are in unremitting prostration; there are ones who praise Allah day and night, and they are doing it in a better way than us humans.

No doubt the Angels have been worshipping Allah before the time the humans were created but there is a difference between an Angel and a human’s worshipping of Allah…The Angels who are sin-free, have been given the power to worship Allah effortlessly/incessantly without fatiguing, as they have been programmed in such a way that they are always obedient to their lord and do not have a free will to do as they please. Hence they do not feel hunger, thirst, or have sexual desires. Even their hearts are clean from committing a sin; in fact they don’t even get whispers from the shaytaan like humans do. And the truth is the Angels do not have any rewards from Allah subhanahu wa ta’alaa for their worship! Where as we (humans) have been given this opportunity to accumulate as much of rewards as we want by our worship of Allah…subhanAllah!

So if the Angels don’t eat, it’s not a big deal as the yearning for eating has not been put in them. But a human was born weak with all the necessities of life like eating, drinking, and sexual desire even the Prophets; who were the best of all creations had to eat and drink to keep alive. Now if a human feels hungry and he does not eat just because Allah subhanahu wa ta’alaa has commanded him not to eat but keep a fast from morning till evening then this is really something amazing which even an angel is not able to achieve. Allah has said fasting is for Me and I will reward the person who fasts… Isn’t it wonderful to receive a reward for being obedient to your Creator and pleasing Him? Reward for not eating or drinking? Yes! How?

For in veracity, fasting helps us to accomplish Taqwa of Allah which is a state of being cognizant of our Creator all the time. Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala says which translates as: “Take provisions for your journey, but the best provision is Taqwa, or piety and righteousness” Al-Baqarah: 197. It is actually the righteous and pious who are truly the happy ones in this life. By worshipping Allah, they will occupy the highest ranks in Paradise in the Hereafter.

O Believers, with the blessed month of Ramadan fast approaching us, a month in which Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala has made obligatory upon you to fast so that you might become righteous, pious, fearful and conscious of Allah, we humans are at the mercy of our limbs, such as our eyes, ears, hands, tongues, stomachs and the private parts. The heart is the leader and regulator of all of these. The heart ‘fasts’ when it directs its worship and service completely and purely for the sake of Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala. It does this by submitting to His Glory, seeking closeness to Him, addressing and approaching Him and supplicating to Him.

Unfortunately nowadays people keep grousing about how long fasting will be this year, as it’s in summer!! Yes, it’s going to be a bit hard, so it is important to eat foods that will give you the correct resistance throughout the working day... for fasting is not just about eating or drinking but for our spiritual augmentation which is the most important thing for us, here too the Angels have been deprived this opportunity, and Allah has only given this chance to us humans for our own benefit. Further, you need to have eeman and correct intentions to realize it is purely for the sake of Allah subhanahu wa taalaa ( just imagine the rewards which you will gather in the akhira, one of which is You will get to enter Jannah through a door called Ar-Rayan which is mainly for the ones who fast! A VIP service just for the fasters!! subhanAllah!!

One thing you must be thankful for is that you have food for you sitting on your table, unlike some people worldwide who are just having perhaps one meal (or nothing at all) and are dying due to hunger. So Prepare yourself psychologically and comprehend, that this month could be your chance for all your sins( of the past 11 months!) to be forgiven in sha Allah, who knows if we will even make it till the next 15 days and who knows if this may be our last Ramadan!?

Now if you enter something with optimistically, this will be the result. If you go into Ramadan with a negative attitude, then that is how you will feel…

Be appreciative towards Allah subhanahu wa taalaa, for He has asked us to fast only for 30 days out of 365! subhanAllah!!.

I wish you all a blessed Ramadan in sha Allah!

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