“Good things come to those who wait…”
Ramadan. The long-awaited month of blessing is almost here, and if you are reading this, then, like us, you are blessed to be experiencing the benefits of another Ramadan.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar and is the blessed month in which the Holy Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
It is a month in which followers observe the act of fasting; one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Those who observe fasting in this blessed month abstain from numerous things, from dawn to dusk. Many would say it is to refrain from food and drink, to purify the body, which is true. However, along with refraining from nourishment, one's whole being needs to fast, as opposed to just their stomach.
The purpose of this is to focus one’s mind on purifying the soul and disciplining oneself. This is done in many ways, such as:
- Refraining from foul language, gossiping, and backbiting of the tongue
- Abstaining from hearing any gossip or listening to anything that one shouldn’t listen to
- To avoid seeing that which we shouldn’t see with the eyes
- To clear the mind of any bad intentions
- To avoid the performing of sinful actions
- To remember those less privileged than us and to humble oneself
- To promote unity within families and communities, during suhoor and iftar, along with congregational prayers
- To give and share to those in need, be it by way of affluence or time
- To focus on attaining taqwa (a closeness to God)
- Repenting of one's sins, by way of seeking forgiveness from God. It is said that during the month of Ramadan, the gates of hell are closed, the gates of Heaven are opened, and the reward for good deeds is multiplied by seventy
But is the point of Ramadan to only practice this for one month of the year? Isn’t this the way we should aim to live our life nevertheless?
“… but better things come to those who are patient.” - Unknown
… in the Hereafter.
Let this be our aim; not our today, but our Hereafter.
Celebrate Ramadan; share your worldly wealth and increase your blessings. There are many out there who don’t have a delicious iftar to break their fast with this Ramadan. Our real reward will be in Jannah (Heaven), Insha’Allah (God Willing).
From the whole team here at Human Relief Foundation; we wish you a blessed Ramadan Kareem.