Fasting is not a new concept to be introduced. It has been prescribed for previous Muslims before us and it will be prescribed for those coming after us. As we all know, it is abstaining from food, drink, sexual intercourse and all social vices from dawn till sunset.
What are the lessons derived from Fasting?
Fear of Allah :
It is the fear of Allah that makes it easy for us to abstain from eating and drinking. If not that, we can all decide to eat where no one will see us and come out publicly to say we are still fasting.
Allah has created us in different ways, we have those that are rich and we have those that are poor. From fasting, the rich will be compassionate to the poor who has nothing to eat after Fasting since they woould have experience what hunger is.
In various Masjids all over the world, muslims unite and come together regardless of their gender, race, colour and background to pray together. Fasting helps in uniting Muslims.
Taqwa and Iman :
Fasting helps in increasing our taqwa and iman since it is during this month, Muslims move closer to their Rabb.
A source of mercy and guidance to all creatures was revealed during Ramadan.
The prophet (PBUH)
As stated by him that in the month of Ramadan, all doors of jannah will be opened, all doors of jahannam will be closed and shaytan and shayateens will be chained.
From the saying of Muhammad (SAW), it can be deduced that during Fasting, the rate at which we commit sins will reduce since all evil things that lead to committing sins are chained.
Quick answer to Prayers :
It is reported that Allah (SWT) answer the prayers of a fasting person quickly. Dear brothers and Sisters in deen, pray for anything you want and He will surely answer you.
Fasting is reiterating the lesson in Surah Al-Inshirah, Verse 5:
فَإِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا
Surely with difficulty is ease. It is very difficult to abstain from eating delicious food and drinking water, yet we all abstain from it knowing that at sunset we will get our sustenance.
Lastly, Ramadan is not an infliction of Suffering rather a test from Allah and also the mercy from him.
Hence, may Allah accept it from me and you and count us among those that will witness more.
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