However, it’s kind of a “must remember exercise” to fully appreciate the usefulness of the month of Ramadan – provided, it has been appropriately practised. Beyond doubt, the experience is pretty helpful in enhancing and improving our self-discipline. Certainly, we learned compassion, tolerance and mutual support during the sacred period.
Although, in the fasting month some halal acts are forbidden only during the fasting hours, yet all Haraam (forbidden) things have to be totally avoided not only in the sacred month but also during all months of the year 24/7. Because, if you don’t, Allah Subhanahu wa Taalaa warns, “let him know that He (Allah) did not accept his fasting in Ramadan.” Meaning in utmost clarity, the sign of acceptable ibbadah (worship) throughout Ramadan is certainly the continuity of good deeds throughout the remainder of the year after the sacred month of fasting. The real focal point now should be nothing but maintaining our positive momentum of pious deeds after Ramadan is gone for another eleven months.
In short, our major obligation remains our sincere effort to keep ourselves motivated for the maintenance of good characters and attributes that we acquired during the blessed month.
After one month of tough rehearsal, we are now at much ease to comfortably schedule our day starting with getting up as early as before dawn in order to offer slatul fajre (morning prayer) followed by recitation of the Holy Qur’an and then spend the whole day under the light of teachings of the Noble Qur’an as practiced by our beloved Prophet Muhammad SallAllaahu alaihi wasallam and his companions.Indeed, we are in a much better shape to keep connected to the Almighty Allah Subhanahu wa Taalaa.
Disappointingly, there is a majority of Muslims who turned Ramadan from a time to draw closer to God through fasting and contemplation to a superficial ritual hardly resembling the spirit of the month.
Nevertheless, there are some health issues too as some ailments are aggravated by fasting in which case the patient is exempted from fasting.
Furthermore, the unaware Muslims turn the holy month of fasting into a month of over-eating. Just take a look at the way they buy food and the amount they consume during Ramadan. Resultantly, the real essence of fasting is diminished or completely lost in some instances.
As excess of everything is bad, this type of Muslims face health problems including diabetes and cardiovascular illnesses due to over-indulgence.
In fact, from medical point of view- there are a lot of health benefits including the elimination of harmful fatty substances from the blood stream, helping the cure of certain types of intestinal and stomach ailments and the reconditioning of body tissues.
Definitely, voluntary abstinence of lawful appetites leads one to appreciate the bounties of Allah Subhaanahu wa taala which are usually taken for granted.
Having realised Allah’s pleasure there are many other clearly noticeable goodies:It enhances the feelings of inner peace, contentment and optimism, patience, perseverance and moral accomplishment.
As Muslims go through a different and exciting experience for the whole month every year, it naturally breaks the normal routine of life. This is so refreshing, because it teaches the person how to adapt to varying circumstances in his life.
It’s so fascinating experience as fasting promotes the spirit of unity and belonging within the Muslim Ummah. It’s so beautiful as millions of Muslims around the world fast during the same month; and following the same rules and observances.
Genuinely, fasting does promote the spirit of human equality before Allah Subhanhu wa taalaa.
Muslim males and females, rich and poor from all ethnic backgrounds go through the same experience of deprivation with no special privileges for any group or class.
Fasting promotes the spirit of charity and sympathy towards the poor and needy. A rich person may not realise the suffering of the poor or even think about hunger until actually experiencing them. That is why Ramadan is also known as the month of charity and generosity.
Fasting promotes Islamic socializing. Muslims are urged to invite others to eat iftar meal with them at sunset and to gather for Qur'anic study, prayer and visits. This surely provides a better opportunity for socialization in a brotherly and spiritual fashion. Our Prophet ((Sallal Laahu Ta'ala wa alaihi wasallam) indicated on more than one occasion that inviting a fasting person to break his fast after sunset is an act which is highly rewarded by Allah, the Almighty.
Additionally, self-discipline exercised in Ramadan provides an excellent way to get rid of all bad habits.
In nutshell, fasting provides an annual golden opportunity of physical overhaul of the body and spirtual healing of the mind and soul.
Most importantly, it must be remembered that the main essence behind fasting remains the obedience of the Almighty Allah SWT and seeking only His pleasure.