A Pillar

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My life spent observing Ramadan has not been too long. I did not grow up learning how to fast and why to fast. Although, having been Catholic, our fasting was a little different. We practiced fasting only during a certain time of the year, probably before Easter started to approach. Anyway, it is interesting that fasting in different denominations take on distinct purposes. I am not going to compare and contrast by no means. However, I do know that fasting has taken an entire new meaning each year for me as a convert. There are as many meanings of Ramadan as there are Muslims. The fourth “pillar” of Islam, fasting has many special benefits. The most important one for me is that it is a means of learning self-control and patience.

The most obvious aspect of this month is the intensification of family and community spirit. It is a commonplace practice to invite and be invited to family and friends homes for the breaking of the fast. Muslims also gather to pray together and it is this kind of communal praying iwhich is highly encouraged and rewarded. In today’s world many Muslims are discontented with the lack of unification and communal spirit that Muslims are displaying at times.

Fasting Ramadan is not optional – it is a must. The evidence for this is found in the Qur’aan and Sunnah. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“O you who believe! Observing al-sawn (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become al-muttaqoon (the pious).” [al-Baqarah 2:183]

The Prophet said: “Islam is built on five [pillars]…” among which he mentioned fasting in Ramadaan. – Bukhari

 Hence, Allah knows who is fasting and who isn’t. Only once you practice fasting for the sake of Allah in public and in secret even when your at home alone with a fridge full of food you can drink and eat as you please and hide it when your family comes but that won’t do the trick, why? Because you know Allah can see you, this is Taqwa. Fasting is a training for myself and once accomplished I hope that I have developed and progressed as an individual.

Year after year, Ramadan comes and goes and only later during the month would I catch myself and realize what fasting was really about- every goodness on earth is from Allah and one of the most exclusive blessings is Ramadan

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3 responses to this post.

  1. It was very beautiful hadith and aya. Your story is very interesting.. Story of people who come back to islam from other religions.

    You know? I have an idea about converting. I believe Spirit of all religions is one. That’s why in Quran, it is said, there is one religion and that’s Islam..

    Islam is religion of surrendering. And Muslim mean surrenderer. So all people around the world are muslim by nature coz their nature is surrenderer to God. It is the only way that make harmony between human and his nature. So when a person change his religion to Islam, he is not converted anymore. He is reverted, for he reverts to his nature.. To be surrenderer..

    Sorry for long comment, Thank you for your wise entries.. 🙂

    Reply

  2. Posted by adikbongsu on September 18, 2007 at 6:59 am

    Keep posting sis, simply love reading your posts 🙂

    Reply

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