Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Ramadan

Ramadan. The month where the Quran was sent down as a guidance for the misguided. The month when the Shaitan is locked and chained away. When Ramadan comes, the gates of Paradise are open and the gates of hell are closed. It's an important month where Muslims will request forgiveness for sins they have committed in the past and they will cleanse their soul during this month praying more than usual for the sake of Allah (SWT).

It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is the month where Muslims all around the world will abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and participating in anything that could be considered ill-natured. Along with being one of the five pillars and Islam making it mandatory for us to fast and abstain from all this during the month, there are also many other benefits which I will be talking about throughout this post.

Non-Muslims are generally confused as to this whole "fasting" thing and usually will end up asking a Muslim friend of theirs why Muslims fast, why is it so important to us. So, why do we fast?

It is one of the main things when it comes to worship and it beneficial to us. The reason we fast is to educate ourselves in spirituality and patience. We fast for the sake of Allah and spend our time during this month in devotion towards Allah (SWT). It is a month where we are able to cleanse our soul whilst restraining ourselves from ill-natured worldly desires.



How does this all work though you ask? There is logical reasoning behind it all.

Whilst one is fasting, one is able to control their desires due to them becoming weak. The Prophet (ﷺ) once said:

“O young men! Whoever among you can afford to get married, let him do so, for it is more effective in lowering the gaze and protecting one’s chastity. Whoever cannot do that, let him fast, for it will be a shield for him.”

When we are fasting, we tend to realise the pain the poor go through everyday. We start feeling more compassionate and start feeling empathy towards them. Every time you think to yourself "Wow, I'm feeling so hungry" - You're going to think of all the unfortunate who have to go through this every single day and pain of hunger that only lasts with you for a few hours, could drag on for days for them. With this it'll make you think of how unfortunate they are and you are more likely to help them and show more acts of kindness towards them. 

Fasting makes you realise the strength of your imaan. When you fast you show that you are able to give up all the haraam things for the sake of Allah (SWT). If you are able to avoid doing things that Allah has forbidden during this month, it makes one realise that they are able to do the same for the other 11 months. 

We learn to appreciate and be thankful for what we have. The greatest pleasures consist of eating, drinking and intercourse. By abstaining from these for the month you will recognise the blessings of Allah (SWT) and learn to be more grateful for them and thank Allah (SWT) for what He has given you. 



Now the other thing most commonly asked question is regarding health, if someone does not eat for so long, surely it could be unhealthy and could have an impact on their health right? Wrong. 

Obviously there are some arguments, I mean if you start and end your fasting with oily and fatty foods which are clearly unhealthy, then yes it may pose a health risk, which is why you need to eat smart during Ramadan, I will be covering this in another post I will be working on shortly, for now I'm just going to go over the main points. 
  • I'm sure we all know someone who smokes far too much, now they aren't able to indulge in such activities, it will be easier for them to do so since the people they hang around with with also be avoiding cigarettes, decreased smoking throughout the month and a possibility of them attempting to quit.
  • Following a health diet, you are able to lower your cholesterol, increasing your cardiovascular health.
  • Detoxification. When you are not eating throughout the day, you will find that you will be cleansing your body in Ramadan. When your body starts using fat for energy, it will also dispose of any toxins that could be harmful for you and present in the fat deposits. This could be the start to a perfectly health lifestyle.
  • Metabolism becomes more efficient. The amount of nutrients you will absorb from food will improve making more use of the nutrients and the body will make better use of them leading to a healthier body  overall. 


I'm not able to stress enough how important it is to start eating healthy during Ramadan but I'll save that for later and go into more depth about it in the next post I make. You are given the rare chance to cleanse your body spiritually, mentally and physically, do not mess this up. 

As for the non-Muslims, why not contact a Muslim friend who will assist you and then you too are able to participate in this blessed month? With someone supporting you along the way you will find it easy and you will also find how beneficial this could be for you, consider it. 



2 comments:

  1. Mash'Allah keep it up tayyab really helps people who dont know tge meaning of Ramazaan!:)

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    1. Thanks Hamzah, really appreciate it bro :)

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