Editorial: Reflections of Ramadhan

Editorial: Reflections of Ramadhan Islam requires Muslims to perform five central duties, also known as the Five Pillars of Islam, in order to strengthen their faith. One of these five duties is fasting during the month of Ramadhan from dawn to sunset, which is thought to remove all sins, figuratively. For more than a billion Muslims around the world, Ramadhan is a 'month of blessings', marked by prayer, charity, self-reflection and self-sacrifice, apart from fasting.

It is believed that the holy Qur'an was sent down to earth during this holy month, when the gates of Heaven would stay open through-out Ramadhan and the gates of Hell would be closed. Thus, Muslims aged twelve and older are commanded to fast so that they may "learn self-restraint" (Qur'an 2:183) and gain the numerous benefits of fasting during Ramadhan, which includes:

  • Sympathizing those in the world who have little or nothing to eat, as we experience thirst and hunger, thus learning to appreciate and be grateful for all that He has given.
  • Strengthening one's ties with Allah while observing duties of devotion in accordance with the teachings of the Qur'an, and recognizing that everything we have in this life is a blessing from Him.
  • Enhancing generosity and good-will towards others. The Prophet Muhammad (SAAWS) once said, "A man's wealth is never diminished by charity."
  • Practice of self-control and restrain, not only from food and drinks, but also from the misuse of our senses. A Muslim can engage in physical observance by abstaining from idle talks, bad-mouthing, gossips and slander (of the mouth), restrain from listening to obscenities (of the ears), and avoid unseemly sights and shows (of the eyes).
  • Reinforcing the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood through family and community gatherings among Muslims, whether at home or at the mosque.
  • Enhancing good character, particularly trustworthiness, truthfulness, patience and determination, while encouraging us to keep away from arrogance and bad habits to help change our circumstances for the better.
  • Being an excellent role model for children to perform acts of obedience and the Islamic ways of worship.

The Prophet Muhammad (SAAWS) said, "It may be that a fasting person receives nothing from his fast, except hunger and thirst." Thus, proper understanding and appreciate the blessings of Ramadhan in order to obtain the most rewards and increase our Iman in Ramadhan.

The Prophet's (SAAWS) life history showed that he actually started training himself for Ramadhan in the month of Sha'baan by increasing his fast. This fasting in Sha'abaan helps tremendously because the heart and soul would be prepared for the upcoming Ramadhan fasts. Our Iman will increase tremendously as our personality becomes more in line with the qualities put forth in the Qur'an and the life of our beloved Prophet (SAAWS).

May Allah accept our fasting and our praying.

Fauziah Taip, editor

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