Ramadan- The most awaited month of the year has arrived and almost half gone (I had been late in putting this blog post 😦 but better late than never). This holy month is most beloved month to Allah (SWT) and is superior to all other months. It is the actual time to strengthen our Imaan and heal our hearts. It is a training time to improve our personalities and be a kind person that our religion expects us to be.
Here are 5 lessons that Ramadan has taught me ever since I started Fasting and felt like sharing with you guys:
Sabr or Patience:
It is the month of sabr; and for sabr, the reward is paradise. Fasting is directly linked to Sabr as we fast during this month, we exercise perseverance and patience by abstaining from not just eating or drinking but also from by keeping away from sins. We basically train ourselves to practice, develop and nurture patience. It actually taught me to be patient in all walks of life.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is reported to have said:
“I swear by Allah, He will never disgrace you! You uphold the sanctity of blood relations, you honor the guest, you bear the burdens of others, you spend on the deprived, and you assist people in the face of calamities.” (Bukhari)
Zakat, itself is an exemplification of generosity which is paid in this Holy month. In a nutshell, being generous in Ramadan is actually an upward movement in spirituality and piety for distinction which should be carried out throughout the year. I try to be as generous as I can during this month and throughout the year.
Nearness to Allah (SWT):
Ramadan can be a turning point for any of us. Fasting is ordained so that you can be God-conscious. Once you have the constant awareness of ALLAH’s divine presence, you seek for HIS help and repentance and in this way you get closer to HIM. For me, indeed it has helped to get closer to HIM ❤
“O you who believe! be careful of (your duty to) Allah and seek means of nearness to Him and strive hard in His way that you may be successful.” – Holy Qur’an (5:35)
Finding your self:
If we come out of Ramadan without gaining the actual essence and goodness of it, we are definitely among the losers. So as the devil is chained down, fight your Nafs and try to bring the change in yourself. That can be done majorly by repentance and also by observing piety and righteousness. We can try as hard as we can and leave the rest to Allah as only He know the actual intentions.
Having massive amount of food during Suhoor (first meal) and Iftar (last meal) should not be what Ramadan is about. It should be about taking small meals and about sharing it with others. It should be a time to become healthy as Fasting is also seen and proven as being healthy for the human body; some of the benefits included losing weight and body fat, helps reduce Insulin resistance, lowering your risk of type 2 Diabetes and decreasing heart disease. I prefer eating as less as I can during this month and that helps, trust me.
Although we are left with a few days of Ramadan but it’s never too late to set your intentions. So prepare your mind, body and soul to gain maximum benefits from this Holy month. Share your personal experiences and what you learned in the comment section below. Happy Fasting!