06 Feb The Virtues of Ramadan
The Virtues of Fasting in Ramadan: A Journey of Self-Discipline and Spiritual Growth
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is considered to be our most sacred and holy month.
Fasting during this month is a powerful tool for cultivating spiritual development and promoting a deeper connection with Allah.
Some of the virtues of fasting in Ramadan are:
Self-Discipline and Patience:
Fasting in Ramadan teaches self-discipline and patience, helping us to cultivate greater control over our physical and emotional desires. With this self-control we can focus on our spiritual growth and deepen our connection with Allah.
Fasting is a shield. So, the person observing the fast should not use obscene language and should not behave foolishly and impudently, and if somebody fights with him or abuses him, he should tell him twice,'I am fasting'". (Sahih al-Bukhari)
Compassion and Empathy:
The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said,
"He who gives food to a fasting person will receive the same reward as him, without diminishing the reward of the fasting person in any way." (Tirmidhi).
Fasting cultivates compassion and empathy, particularly towards those who live in poverty and struggle with access to food and resources. The act of abstaining from worldly pleasures allows us to understand and appreciate the challenges faced by those in need.
Increased Blessing and Rewards:
The Prophet ﷺ said that Allah says: "Every good deed of the son of Adam is for him except for fasting; it is for Me; and I shall reward (the fasting person) for it." [Sahih al-Bukhari]
Ramadan is a time of increased blessings and rewards, with every good deed being multiplied many times over making it an ideal time for spiritual growth and transformation.
The Prophet ﷺ said: “Fasting and the Qur’an are two intercessors for the servant of Allah on the Day of Resurrection. Fasting will say: ‘O Lord, I prevented him from his food and desires during the day. Let me intercede for him.’ The Qur’an will say: ‘I prevented him from sleeping at night. Let me intercede for him.’ And their intercession will be accepted." [Musnad Ahmad]
Fasting and the Qur’an are important aspects in the life of a believer, as both serve as a means of seeking closeness to Allah, attaining forgiveness, and ultimately, redemption in the afterlife. Engaging in acts of worship such as fasting and reading the Qur’an can have a profound impact on our spiritual journey and increase our chances of success in the hereafter.
Ar-Rayyan is for the fasting
The Prophet ﷺ said: “Indeed, there is a gate of Paradise called Ar-Rayyan. On the Day of Resurrection those who fast will enter through it; no one enters it except for them, and when they have entered, it is closed so that no one (else) enters it.” [Sahih al-Bukhari]
There is an unknown joy and extreme happiness behind that door when we finally meet Allah swt. May Allah accept our fast and all other acts of worship, and make us among those who enter Paradise through Ar-Rayyan. Ameen