Why Ramadan is so Important?
As we all know, we are in Ramadan now, and this month is obviously the blessed month and chosen one from all months. Allah could choose who he wants and what he wants, he chose Mohamed (pbuh) over all prophets and messenger to be Khayru Khalqilaah (The best of the creation of Allah). He chose makkah to be the holiest place on the earth, where more than 2 Billion people face more than 5 times a day. So Allah has chose Ramadan from all months, and he put it so much mercy and forgiveness in it.
There are so many factors why Ramadan is so important but the one thats stands out from all reason is to train the muslims to become more aware of allah, to be more fearing and loving. As the verse in the Qur’an says
"O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint." (Al-Baqara, 183).
So, the MAIN reason for Ramadan is for the muslims to learn self-restraint, or gain taqwa.
but there are also other reasons which the scholars of al-islam have added, but mostly revolve around that MAIN reason.
1. Appreciate what you have.
When you fast, you stay away from things which you took for granted, such as food, drinking. When its the end of day, you will feel weakness, hunger and some suffering, this will remind you that Allah has gave you Ni’mah (blessing) by allowing you eat and drink in other months.
2. Stay away from Haram things, Also from the Halal things!
Haram things are obviously forbidden at all times, but in Ramadan its more of staying away from halal things. This is good way of creating a perimeter, which makes easy for the person to give up on haram things, if you give up halal things, then haram things would be easy to forget.
3. Take over the Control!
Yes, Ramadan gives you the control, how? well, when a person has eaten well and full, his or her desires grow, they need to release this energy inside them, but when you fasting, you get hungry, so your desires diminish and you can be free of desires. Also the prophet (pbuh) said “O young men! Whoever among you can afford to get married, let him do so, for it is more effective in
lowering the gaze and protecting one’s chastity. Whoever cannot do that, let him fast, for it will be a shield for him.”
4. Show Kindness toward the poor.
Ramadan does not only make you hungry, but it also makes you think, the situation of those who don’t have even a iftar to break their fast. You will feel sympathy for any poor person, because you know and feel now how its like to live a hunger and starvation.
5. Shaydan (Satan) grows lack of food.
by fasting and getting closer to Allah, Shaydan feelings so much humilation and weakness. The prophet (pbuh) said “flows through the son
of Adam like blood” but fasting narrows the passages through which the
Shaytaan flows, so his influence grows less.
Shaykh al-Islam said
blood is created from food and drink, so when a person eats and drinks,
the passages through which the devils flow – which is the blood –
become wide. But if a person fasts, the passages through which the
devils flow become narrow, so hearts are motivated to do good deeds,
and to give up evil deeds."
6. Train Yourself
The fasting person is training himself to remember that Allaah is
always watching, so he gives up the things that he desires even though
he is able to take them, because he knows that Allaah can see him.
7. Seeing the world in Different vision.
Fasting means developing an attitude of
asceticism towards this world and its desires, and seeking that which is with Allaah.
8. Don’t worry, you will get used to it.
It makes the Muslim get used to doing a
great deal of acts of worship, because the fasting person usually does more acts of worship and gets used to that.
These are some of the reasons why fasting is
enjoined. We ask Allaah to help us to achieve them and to worship Him properly.
And Allaah knows best.