It makes me little disappointed when people brag about how many times they finished reciting Quran in the month of Ramadan. No, I do not get jealous of their achievement. Instead, I feel that they are ignoring the real purpose of Quran that is: understanding it and moulding life according to it.
Today is the first Ramadan here in India. On this special occasion I would like to put forward one of the most important purposes of fasting in the month of Ramadan and why fasting in the month of Ramadan is so beneficial.
Ramadan is the Islamic month in which Muslims are supposed to fast for 30 days. As bestowed, Muslims across the world make sure that they pray more. Do good deeds more and recite Quran more and more. They do more because they are told that it is the month when rewards are multiplied.
However, not only rewards for good deeds are multiplied but rewards for bad deeds also are multiplied in this holy month of Ramadan. Then what is the so special in this month? Why fasting is observed in this month?
This is the month when the revelation of the Quran started and this is the month when Quran was completed. Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) revised Quran two times in this month with the help of Angel Jibreel (the angel who would come to him with the messages of Allah).
One of the most important things of the Quran is that it is the words of Allah. Moreover, according to the Hadith, Quran is the best book to refer if Muslims or anyone for that matter want to know the character and conduct of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
Sa’d ibn Hishaam ibn ‘Aamir approached Aisha (Peace Be Upon Him) and asked her about some matters. He said: I said: O Mother of the believers, tell me about the character of the Messenger of Allah. She said: Do you not read the Quran? I said: Of course. She said: The character of the Prophet of Allah was the Quran. (Narrated by Muslim, 746).
There is a great connection between fasting in Ramadan and the Quran. Ramadan is bestowed on Muslims so that they can attain Taqwa. In Islamic terminology, taqwa refers to a state of consciousness where one constantly feels the presence of Allah. Obeys His commands to attain His pleasure, and avoids disobedience to Him. Not only out of His fear but also for the love of Him.
As the Quran says, “O you who believe, the fasts have been enjoined upon you as they were enjoined upon those before you, so that you may have taqwa.” (Quran, 2:183).
“And We have instructed those who were given the Scripture before you to have Taqwa. And We have advised you, as well, towards Taqwa.” (Quran, 4:131)
It is harder to attain Taqwa while enjoying food, water and everything that is Halal (Permissible). In the month of Ramadan we are fasting and abstaining our self from food and water which makes us attain Taqwa with ease.
It is evident from the above discussion that Taqwa cannot be attained without understanding the Quran well and shaping yourself according to the Quran. However, it is sad to know that most of the Muslims merely focus on reciting Quran as fast as they can.
I have heard my many friends and relatives bragging about how they finish Quran in just two to three days in the month of Ramadan. Trust me, this way you are wasting your time and effort. It does not give any knowledge and wisdom at all. You fail to fulfil its purpose of revelation too.
Muslims should read Quran and understand it carefully. Use the wisdom of the Quran in your life for successful life.