As we embark on the journey of Ramadan, we are reminded of the countless blessings that this month holds for us. Ramadan is a time of spiritual cleansing and renewal, a time where we can strengthen our relationship with Allah and seek forgiveness for our sins. It is a month that is filled with immense opportunities for us to earn Allah’s blessings and mercy.
One of the most significant aspects of Ramadan is fasting. Fasting is an act of worship and obedience to Allah, and it is an opportunity for us to attain taqwa, or God-consciousness. Through fasting, we learn to discipline ourselves and control our desires. It is a way for us to train ourselves to be mindful of Allah and to remain focused on Him throughout the day.
However, fasting is not just about abstaining from food and drink. It is also about refraining from negative behaviours and actions. We must avoid engaging in gossip, backbiting, and any other behaviour that is not pleasing to Allah. Ramadan is a time to purify our hearts and our actions, and to become better versions of ourselves.
Furthermore, Ramadan is a time for us to seek forgiveness and repent for our sins. We must reflect on our past mistakes and strive to make amends. Allah is the Most Forgiving and Merciful, and He is always willing to forgive us if we sincerely repent and seek His forgiveness. Anas reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said,
“Allah is more delighted at the repentance of His servant than one of you who lost his riding animal on a journey in a barren land while it carries his food and drink. He loses all hope as he comes to a tree to lie down in its shade, despairing over his animal, but suddenly he finds it standing over him. He takes hold of its reins and then he greatly rejoices, saying: O Allah, You are my servant and I am your Lord! He makes a mistake due to his great joy.”(Muslim)
In addition to fasting and seeking forgiveness, Ramadan is also a time for us to focus on the Quran. We should aim to read the Quran every day, reflect on its meaning, and strive to implement its teachings in our daily lives. The Quran is a source of guidance and enlightenment, and it is through its teachings that we can achieve true success in this life and in the Hereafter. It has been reported that Imam Al-Shafi’i, one of the great scholars of Islam, would complete the recitation of the Quran 60 times during Ramadan. He would recite it during the day and at night, and he would often spend hours in prayer and contemplation of the Quran’s verses. This month is a time for us to renew our relationship with Allah and His Book. It is a time to reflect on our shortcomings and seek forgiveness, and the Quran provides us with the guidance and wisdom we need to do so.
Another important aspect of Ramadan is giving charity. We should aim to give as much as we can during this month, and strive to help those who are less fortunate than us. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said,
“The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity.”(Tirmidhi)
Finally, Ramadan is a time for us to make Dua and supplicate to Allah. We should strive to make sincere Dua, asking Allah for forgiveness, guidance, and blessings. Abdullah ibn Amr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said,
“Verily, the supplication of a fasting person is not turned away at the time of breaking fast .” Abdullah would say when breaking his fast, “O Allah, I ask You by Your mercy, which encompasses all things, to forgive me.”(Ibn Majah)
In conclusion, Ramadan is a month filled with immense opportunities for us to earn Allah’s blessings and mercy. We should strive to make the most of this blessed month by fasting, seeking forgiveness, focusing on the Quran, giving charity, and making sincere dua. May Allah accept our efforts and grant us His mercy and blessings. Ameen.