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We prepare ourselves for interviews, board exams and anything that we think important. Why not prepare for one of the most precious aspects called ‘Ramadan’ which is a Holy month for Muslims. Ramadan will start from mid of next month so let’s talk about Ramadan and how to prepare for it in a weekly series which will publish on every Sunday till Ramadan.
It was in this month that the Qur’an was revealed to the Holy Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him). The Holy Quran says, “O you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may guard against evil,” (The Holy Quran, 2:183).
Allah tells people that Ramadan is not something that is new for us but it was prescribed for those before us. Fasting is a spiritual practice which was also found in all religions. The great Founders of various faiths (Buddha, Moses, Jesus, etc.) practised a fasting as a preliminary to obtain their first experience of spiritual enlightenment and communion with God (Allah).
According to the above Quranic verse, it is clear that Ramadan guards us against evil. In fasting, we are exercising our ability of self-restraint by refraining from the natural human urges to satisfy one’s appetite, so that we can then apply it to our everyday life to bring about self-improvement.
Charity and generosity are urged more during Ramadan. We learn to give, and not to take. Fasting in Islam does not just consist of being away from eating and drinking, but from every kind of selfish desire and wrong-doing. Ramadan is essentially that of the spirit not merely of the body.
According to Islam, every action, whether good or bad, have more weight in this month. Thus, charity is a virtue at all times, but is more virtuous in this month; and injustice is an evil at all times, but is more evil in these days.
Reciting Qur’an is an admirable deed whole year around, but during the fast, it has far greater significance. The Holy Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) has said: “Everything has its own spring season, and the spring of the Qur’an is the month of Ramadhan. “
The Quranic verse says that understanding Quran is more important than mere reciting it.
“Do they not earnestly seek to understand the Qur’an, or are their hearts locked up by them?” (Qur’an, 47:24).
It is obvious that the month of Ramadan and its fast purify the soul and bring a man nearer to Allah. The fast mentioned in this tradition is not merely keeping oneself away from food and drink. It is an act of love of God through self-denial.
Imam Ali said: “Many are the people whose only share in the fast is the hunger and thirst.”
A fast which produces such remarkable results is surely a shield against Hell that is why we should prepare ourselves if we really want to gain benefits of Ramadan.
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