5 Aug

(Originally written for and published on the blog One Love Hijabi)


It’s that blessed time of year again for us Muslims. The 9th month of the Islamic calendar.  The month in which the best and most perfect of books, the Qur’an, was revealed.  The blessed month of Ramadhan.

‘O you who believe!  Fasting days are enjoined upon you even as they were enjoined upon those before you, so that you may become pious…’ (Surah 2, Verse 183)

Sawm (fasting) is one of the five pillars of Islam.  It is obligatory for every Muslim who is sane and has reached the age of puberty.
The word ‘sawm’ literally means ‘to abstain’.  Many believe this to mean to abstain from eating and drinking during the set time. However, fasting is so much more than giving up food.  One must abstain from eating, drinking, conjugal relationships.  One must also abstain from sin of the ears, eyes, tongue, hands and feet.

For many, Ramadhan is a time to ‘recharge imaan’; it’s a time to better ourselves as Muslims and to reap as much reward as we can.  It’s a time to beg for forgiveness for our constant sinning, it’s a detox for the soul.  We fast solely to please the Almighty.

The Prophet (saw) said: “Whoever fasts during Ramadhan out of sincere faith, and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, then all his past sins will be forgotten” (Bukhari)

It is a time for us to appreciate what we’ve been blessed with but take for granted.  We have been blessed with a constant supply of food and drink yet think nothing of it, fasting helps put into perspective how lucky we are.  Fasting helps us to experience to some extent what less fortunate people in the world go through every single day.  Our pangs of hunger are quickly alleviated once sunset comes, yet there are people in the world who have nothing to eat, and are constantly starving.
Fasting, if truly understood and performed properly, can help a person to truly become closer to the Almighty.  It can help a person change for the better in every aspect of their lives.

Abdullah ibn Amr (RA) reported that the Prophet Muhammad (saw) said:
“The fast and the Qur’an are two intercessors for the servant on the Day of Resurrection.  The fast will say: ‘O Lord I prevented him from his food and desires during the day.  Let me intercede for him.’
The Qur’an will say: ‘I prevented him from sleeping at night.  Let me intercedes for him.’  And their intercession will be accepted.” (Ahmad)

Fasting is a way for us to change our ways for the better, we spend the month of Ramadhan becoming better Muslims through fasting and constant prayer.  We change the way we carry ourselves, our minds are overcome with a sense of peace and clarity. However, once this blessed month has passed, we slowly slip back into our old ways and bad habits.  Prayers become less and our sins soon rise again. Just because Ramadhan is over, doesn’t mean we can go back to the way we were.  We can at least attempt to keep bettering ourselves and uphold our new-found closeness with the Almighty, can’t we?

Allah (swt) does not need us; we need Him and His Mercy.  Insha’Allah we will make this Ramadhan one to remember, Insha’Allah we will be showered with blessings and will continue bettering ourselves throughout the year.

Ramadhan is also a time of year when the acceptance of duas is increased greatly.

Abu Hurairah (RA) reported that the Prophet Muhammad (saw) said: “There are three people whose supplications are not rejected: the fasting person when he breaks his fast, the just ruler and the supplication of the oppressed.”  (Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah and Ibn Hibban)

Please remember the poor and needy in your duas, please remember those less fortunate than you in your duas. Please remember the whole of the Muslim ummah in your duas.  And please don’t forget family and friends in your duas.

I leave you with just a little something I painted a couple of years back ❤

Insha’Allah we will be worthy of the Almighty’s mercy.  Ameen.

OneLove x

~ Sabahat Shah

Read more about Sabahat here


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