As the holy month of Ramadhan has just kicked off, the daily routine of people has changed too. Everyone has adapted to a different routine and the spirit of Ramadhan which brings calmness and tranquility to their personality. Their attitude and behaviour change during this month especially Muslims who fast all day. People tend to be more compassionate and patient: it’s the month of mercy. These are some of Ramadhan’s blessings to our daily life.
Observing this month and fasting is a very effective way of acquiring self-development skills in different aspects. As Ramadhan is the month of fasting, mercy, forgiveness and kindness, people become more compassionate to one another. Fasting teaches people to stay soft, compassionate, merciful and respectful to others. One can also be more supportive to their family, colleagues, friends and others.
Among the objectives of fasting during Ramadhan is that the Almighty Allah wanted to teach Muslims different lessons some of which are personal and social. Fasting helps Muslims develop and strengthen their powers of self-control, so they can resist wrongful desires and bad habits. The 30 days of fasting will be enough to urge people to give up bad habits and avoid wrong deeds.
Another lesson one can learn from Ramadhan is that by being away from all the bad things and refraining from personal desires, one can be closer to Allah. Knowing that Allah knows what we all do and think about whether it’s good or bad it intensifies the consciousness of Allah in our heart. We become more religious and attached to Allah during Ramadhan. That’s why you can see people being more obedient and kind-hearted.
As one of the lessons that fasting teaches Muslims is to think about the poor people who are short of food and cannot afford three meals a day.
Therefore, fasting allows others to experience hunger like those poor families. Accordingly, Ramadhan puts focus on the importance of charity and voluntary work in society. Hence, you see people strive to do different sorts of charitable tasks for the poor and the needy families. This is due to the spirit of compassion that Ramadhan instils in people.
Luckily, people here are more considerate and they contribute in helping others through charitable organisations. Their interest in supporting voluntary work and charities is not only limited to this month, but it increases in Ramadhan as the credit and reward for such deeds is two-fold. That’s why Ramadhan is called the month of generosity.
As a matter of fact, fasting doesn’t only promote refraining from eating and drinking, but from all kinds of selfish desires and wrongdoings. Fasting is not merely intended for the body, but for the spirit a well. Thus, the physical fast symbolises and expresses the real and inner fast. Fasting is a spiritual practice that is targeting the spirit and body at the same time. It calls upon us to discover ourselves, master ourselves and discipline ourselves. All what we should do is to realise the real message and reason behind fasting as well as know the values of fasting.
The holy month of Ramadhan is an opportunity which shouldn’t be missed and undervalued. Its religious and social advantages are many and we should all invest on this time of the year which brings blessings to our life; it also brings people together. May the Almighty Allah bestow us with rewards and blessings during this month.
Wish you all a rewarding, fasting and a blessed time.
— By Abdulaziz Al Jahdhami —