As we all know that Ramadan is around the corner. Muslims are waiting eagerly to end the countdown and start fasting. But, mere fasting is not the purpose of Ramadan. We should make little effort to actually know why Ramadan is bestowed upon us. 
Once Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said, “Whoever does not give up false speech and acting upon it and ignorant conduct, Allah has no need of his giving up his food and drink.”  (Al-Bukhari, 6057). 
It is evident by above Hadith [teachings of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him)] that fasting will not be beneficial if bad deeds are not controlled by the person who is fasting. In other words, it means that people should have control over themselves if they want to gain benefits of Ramadan. Having no control over one’s own desire makes person slave of thier desires. That is what makes people ignorant from the reality and necessity of life. 

Let us discuss the benefits of Ramadan in the life of human being. 
Compassion
We always think of more. The more we gain the more our soul desires for. That is what makes us selfish and forget about those who are deprived of basic necessities and makes us arrogant towards underprivileged. 

When we fast they don’t drink and eat from dawn to dusk. We experience the same as those who can hardly afford food thrice a day. That feeling makes us compassionate and feeling of doing something for underprivileged arises within us. That is why act of charity had larger return in this month of Ramadan. This extra reward encourages us to give more to needy people. 

“Every deeds of men will be rewarded as equals, until 700 hundred folds of it. Allah the Noble and Almighty decreed: ‘But fasting, because fasting is done for Me and I am the One Who will reward it.’” (Muslim, 1151). 


Gratitude
We tend to forget what we are bestowed with in our lives. We focus more on what we are snatched of. This attitude makes people complain about their lives. But, when we fast we get to know the importance of what we have, instead of complaining what we don’t have. We pray more, recite more and involve in good deeds more. That makes us thankful to Allah who has showered unlimited blessings in our lives. 

“And whoever is grateful, he is only grateful for the benefit of his own self” (Luqman 31:12)


Repent
Human being involves in sins intentionally and unintentionally more often. Sometimes it is small and sometimes it is major. But, Allah has given us opportunity to repent whenever we want. However, in the month of Ramadan as we fast from dawn to dusk Allah showers more mercy on us and forgive soon. 

Ramadan is the good time when people can gain an advantage of it. Return to Allah and repent. 

Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) said, “May his nose be rubbed in the dust, a man for whom Ramadan comes and then goes before he is forgiven!” [At-Tirmithi; Al-Albaani: Saheeh]. 


Better person
In Ramadan while we fast we also make sure that we recite Quran more and pray more than what is fard (necessary).  We continue doing it for 30 days. This 30 days prepare us for rest of the year until we get to get another Ramadan. It makes our lives better. We save ourselves from sin and do more good deeds. 

“O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed for you as it has been prescribed for people before you so that you attain Taqwa.” (Quran: Chapter 2, verse 183).

Responsible
Ramadan makes people responsible and bring sincerity in life. Have you ever noticed a woman holding water-filled pot in her arm with the support of her waist and carrying water-filled pot on head back to home? She walks with so much responsibility that she hardly loss balance and spill the water and pots on the ground. Even if she is talking to other women on the way of her home. 

It means that whatever she does but she makes sure that water-filled pots are safe. She is talking to her friends but she unconsciously reminds herself of her duty i.e. “safety of water-filled pots”. That is how Ramadan makes us responsible for our duty no matter how busy we are in our lives.  


This Ramadan make sure that you don’t just fast for the sake of fasting. You fast to gain as much benefits of Ramadan as possible to make Allah happy and your life better. 

This is the first article of the Ramadan series called “Ramadan Diaries” in the effort of making your and my Ramadan better. Stay tuned for more articles on this.