Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem
Ahlan Wa Sahlan Ya Ramadhan!
The time has come for us Muslims to welcome the most glorious month. For those not familiar , I thought I'd share a little about it. Ramadhan falls on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and it is the month in which Muslims fast everyday for a whole month from dawn to dusk. Often enough most of the non muslims I know have heard of the term fasting but are not quite sure as to why we actually do it. Firstly I have to say fasting in the month of Ramadhan has been prescribed to us in the Holy Quran. It is one of the pillars of Islam.
The reasons for fasting to me is one that enjoins sacrifice, purification, forgiveness,generosity, harmony,sympathy and a whole lot of reflection. In this glorious month, when you abstain from food and water not only does it make you hungry and thirsty but you learn through this sacrifice what it would feel like had you no food to eat on a daily basis. This realization in turn makes you sympathize with the needy who are constantly facing hunger. At the same time it encourages you to share your sustenance with the less fortunate.Sharing is caring and so the best of that caring is to be charitable. Fasting makes you ponder, repent and count your own blessings.You are reminded to Thank Allah for his provision and to seek his forgiveness for your carelessness.You spend your hours in devotion to Allah, praying and reading his glorious book, the Quran . The bonuses of this month are special supererogatory prayers known as Taraweeh which are exclusive to the month of Ramadhan. It brings together Muslim brothers and sisters in harmony ,unity and prostration to the Almighty . It has been narrated that Allah sends out his mercy and opens the doors to his heavens for a fasting believer and that truly keeps you motivated to keep fasting. To receive his mercy is the hope that every believing Muslim would like to be blessed with. Last but not least ,one of the fundamental reasons of fasting is that it is meant to teach us all self control, to not only abstain from food and water but to abstain from anything harmful, to abstain from wrong doings and to have a positive stride , to do good and be well mannered to everyone at all times. That last bit I'm sure is more the struggle for a lot of us than the not eating and drinking bit but all I can pray for is to be guided and hope this Ramadhan will be a month of Self improvement for myself and my loved ones and all fellow Muslimeens. So those are my reasons for fasting,
To all my family and friends,
As'shahar Mubarak.May Allah guide us to his right Path,
May the benefits of this glorious month be with you all
Looking forward to our first Ramadhan in Dubai and saying it with love,Adla