Ramadan is the month in which was sent down the Qur’an, as a guide and a mercy to all human beings, also clear signs for guidance and judgment (between right and wrong). Surah 2 Aya 185
Fasting is a way of doing something physical that also cleanses you spiritually.
(A): It frees the self from the control of the self (nafs).
(B): It cleans up sin—by helping one to guard their eyes, tongue, ears, hands, feet and other parts of the body.
(C): It cleans the heart—it is a great purifier for the heart.
Ramadan is a time for one to get rid of old bad habits, and a time to develop new good habits. Ramadan is an excellent time to purify the soul—self once a year—this is a total cleansing. As during this month we take in the words of Allah Ta’Ala by reciting the Noble Qur’an, or listening to it being recited. Some of us also read the Qur’an daily for the entire month of Ramadan.
Fasting is indeed a form of Ibadah (worship). It is a time to develop Taqwa—Allah Consciousness. It is a time to give Allah Ta’Ala all the glory! We glorify our Lord (Rabb) for His guiding us aright. This month is also a time of gratitude (Shukr). A time to show that we are indeed grateful for all that Allah Ta’Ala has done for us. It is also a time for us to show love—Hubb. We should show that we love the command of our Lord.
Fasting became an obligation on Muslims in the second year of the Hijrah (migration from Mecca to Madina), it is right after the obligation to make Salah (prayer). This is a time to abstain from normal everyday activities—like watching T.V., going to the movies, playing games, etc.
Ramadan is a time of thoughtful reflection. We should think, ponder, and reflect on our lives, and see how we can improve them. Fasting is a shield for you and me; it is a protection for you and me. We must remember that Allah Ta’Ala has provided every type of facility for us. He does not want to put us into difficulty. If you are able to fast, please fast. And if we are unable to fast, please do as Allah Ta’Ala prescribed and at least continue with us in the spirit of the fast.
Remember the reward for the fast is beyond our ability to even imagine.
Let’s make this the best Ramadan we ever had. Your Association of Muslim Chaplains wishes you Ramadan Mubarak!
Yours in firm faith
Imam Dr. Salahuddin M. Muhammad