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Friday, September 14, 2007

Ramadan -What it is all about?

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar for Muslims. In this month, those who are true believers of Almighty Allah will fast from before the Fajr @ Pre-Dawn prayers and observe the fast until the Maghrib @ Sunset prayers.

It is a commandment from Allah the Almighty upon the believing Muslims in the Holy Qur'an.

183. Ya ayyuha allatheena amanoo kutiba AAalaykumu alssiyamu kama kutiba AAala allatheena min qablikum laAAallakum tattaqoona

183. O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint,--

Fasting is done solely for the sake of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and initiated with making the niyyat @ intention which is :

"Nawaitu sa'um maghdin an adaa ii fardhii shahrii ramadhana hazihis sanatii lillahi ta'ala".


"I intend to fast tomorrow fulfilling the Fard of Ramadan this year for the sake of Allahu Ta'ala".

The commandment to observe fasting was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad in the month of Syaaban in the 2nd year after Hijrah from Makkah Al-Mukarramah to Madinah Al-Munawwarah.

Fasting does not mean starving oneself as imagined by ignorants amongst us.

It is simply refraining oneself from taking food or drinks and not doing anything which will nullify one's fast.

Fasting does not stop a Muslim from working or doing any legitimate action as usual during his or her fast.

Fasting will allow our bodies to start burning off excess fat stored all this while in ourselves bringing about a better state of health for us, body and soul.

Medically it has been proven that regular fasting acts as a spring cleaning of one's physical self whilst spiritually, it brings one closer to one's Creator as the Islamic fast is an act of faith that is carried out solely for the sake of Allah.

Read here to learn about what the Hadiths of the Last Messenger teaches us about Fasting and the do's and don'ts of it.

Society benefits tremendously during Ramadan. People are more generous during Ramadan as they will be trying to gain the most blessings by observing all righteous deeds such as giving out charity to the poor and generally refrain from quarreling with one another, fighting, cheating, gossip, backbiting, etc which are part and parcel of daily human life, all over the world.

Ramadan is also a time for making peace with one another and enmity takes a break because fasting Muslims are forbidden to do anything offensive against anyone.

It is enjoined upon a fasting Muslim to give sadaqah and engage in charitable activities. We are enjoined to offer more acts of prayer and to be civil to even our enemies.

As a result, life turns better as a whole for the entire society.

There are many other benefits gained during Ramadan but I will share them with you later.

Have a nice Ramadan people. We need it. The whole world needs to take a break from strife and look for ways to live in peace and goodwill amongst us.

Wabillahi taufik walhidayah. Wassalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.


wong said...

Now finally get to know why :P Thank... I thought it's something like going thru a life like those who are starving so something like that...

mahaguru58 said...

Glad to have enlightened you Mr.Wong.

Islam is actually a Way of Life that Almighty God Himself, Allahu Ta'ala prescribes for us, his Creation.

He knows us best. Just like a manufacturer.

A manufacturer knows about his product.

What it can do and what it is capable of?

Just like us buying a DVD player.

There are certain kinds of players with certain adaptabilities.

A VCD player can't play a DVD but a DVD can play a VCD.

Human beings can upgrade ourselves to be the best that we can possibly be.

If we do not follow the instruction manual of the manufacturer, chances are that we will spoil the product by misusing it or under utilize the item.

Same situation here with us human beings.

Allah the Almighty created us.

He has been sending Prophets and Messengers to us human beings since Time immemorial to show us the way to reach our best through His teachings sent via the 124,000 over Prophets and Messengers.

Yet like the recalcitrant beings that most of us are, we refuse to obey instructions.

We just fumble along as we please obeying our ego's instead of following His Manual @ the Holy Qur'an.

As a result, life for human beings is as you see it.

Many suffer unnecessarily because the majority of us and our forefathers did not and do not follow God's instructions.

History shows us how certain human beings misuse or misinterpret God's Instructions and deviate from the true path leading to our salvation and success.

The end result is that we end up suffering both here on this world and in the next.

Fasting is an important tenet and principle of Islam.

When we fast, we fast purely for the sake of obeying Allah.

It is not meant to impress anyone or to show that Muslims are sickos or crazy to go starve themselves needlessly!

No. Fasting is an order from Allah to us Muslims.

It is good for us that it helps burn off all the accumulated toxins and unhealthy cholesterol that has piled up in our getting sicker bodies by jump starting our body to trigger burning off those unhealthy stuff stored up inside of us when we stop eating and drinking.

Just like our car running on the spare tank of petrol after the red light comes on.

The engine needs to burn petrol in order to keep working which is sort of the same here with us Muslims fasting.

Doesn't mean that when we fast, we go curl up in a corner and sleep it off.

No way. We go on with our life's but we also realize that this is a month of special extra bonuses and rewards for those of us who follow Allah's instructions.

When we fast, we go all out to take care not to screw up by committing any sin.

No more ogling at the exposed flesh that we see being shown for free in this gone stir crazy society! :P

No more talking bad about Abdullah Badawi and his rhetoric spewing cabinet for a month.

Hehehehe...afraid that it will lessen our fasting rewards.

Minus all those bonus points that Allah promises to those who take care of the standard of their fasts.

So, we have to observe the best behavior of ourselves that we can when we are fasting.

No more honking at the slow dumb ass driver up ahead of us but to try and stay cool reminding ourselves, 'I'm fasting...I'm fasting..' and try to smile at the idiot! :D

Fasting is a month of self control.

It sure helps those of us living here today in this challenging world.

So, Mr.Wong, there's a reason why Islam has a certain guidelines on how to live as a Muslim.

There is a reason why we need to believe in only ONE GOD!

There is a reason why we need to pray 5 times a day.

There is a reason why we need to fast during Ramadan.

There is a reason why we must give charity @ 2.5% out of our excess incomes.

There is a reason why we must travel to Makkah and perform our Hajj.

Islam has all the valid reasons why it is as it is.

It is from our Creator and He knows us best.

As long as we put it to practice, we can rest assured that we will get the benefits from following the instruction manual of our maker which has been revealed to us in complete form by the Last Messenger of God, a 1400 over years ago in Makkah, Arabia.

It is up to us to go learn from the manual and to put it to practice in order to gain the maximum benefits from the instructions.

Thank you for your comment.

Feel free to write to me and ask anything that you wonder about Islam?

God willing, I might be able to help you out.

Take care and have a nice life.

May Allah guide us all. Ameen.