Ramadan: Why Muslims Fast
Today marks the 23rd day of Ramadan and slowly this anticipated period draws closer to an end. But why do Muslims really fast during Ramadan?
Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, during which Muslims around the world fast from dawn until sunset. This yearly tradition has a number of significant benefits and is considered one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
“O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous” – Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 183
Firstly, fasting is an act of worship and a means of attaining spiritual purity and closeness to Allah (Almighty God). It is a time for introspection, reflection, and self-discipline, as Muslims abstain not only from food and drink but also from negative thoughts and behaviors (sins).
During Ramadan, Muslims also engage in additional prayers, recitation of the Quran, and acts of charity, which further strengthen their faith.
Additionally, Fasting promotes empathy and compassion, as Muslims are reminded of the plight of the less fortunate who do not have access to food and water. It is also a time for community and togetherness, as families and friends come together for iftar, the meal that breaks the fast at sunset.
Finally, Ramadan serves as a reminder of the values of Islam, including the importance of charity, kindness, and selflessness. Through fasting, Muslims strive to become better individuals, build good habits and contribute positively to their communities, ultimately seeking to please Allah and earn His blessings.
“Whoever fasts in Ramadan with faith and seeking reward from Allah, his previous sins will be forgiven.” – Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
As Ramadan comes to an end, let’s make the best use of these last 10 nights by intensifying our worship, seeking forgiveness, and doing good deeds. Let’s continue to carry the spirit of Ramadan with us throughout the year, striving to become better individuals, and contributing positively to our communities. May Allah accept our fasts, prayers, and good deeds and grant us all His blessings and mercy. Aamin
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