Friday, October 15, 2004
Ramadan Mubarek to all of my fellow muslims. I know, depending on where you live, some of you will start fasting today, others tomorrow. I wish you all a blessed and peaceful month. For the non-muslim readers, a little story about this month. We believe this is the month that the Holy Quran, the Bible and the Torah were all revealed. During this month, we abstain from eating and drinking from sunrise until sunset so that we may be humbled and feel compassion for those who don't have food on a daily basis. But, fasting in this month is not just from food and drink, it is also a very spiritual fast where we try to become closer to Allah,swt. This is what the Prophet Muhammed, pbuh, has said about Shahr Ramadan.
The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) has said:"The month of Ramadhan is the month in which you are called to divine hospitality and therefore:1. Seek from Allah that he purifies your intentions and hearts from (the stains of) sins and ugly qualities.2. That he grant you success in keeping the fast and reciting the Qur'an.3. When you are hungry and thirsty, remember the hunger and thirst of Qiyama.4. Search out the poor and needy and supply their needs.5. Treat children and relatives with kindness.6. Guard the tongue from that which should not be said.7. Guard the eyes from that which is forbidden to look at.8. Guard the ears from that which is forbidden to listen to.9. Be kind to the orphans of others so that others will be kind to your orphans." Imam Ja'fer As-Sadiq (A.S.) has said:"Fasting is not merely refraining from eating and drinking. On the contrary, your fast must be coupled with:1. Keeping your tongue from lying.2. Not quarrelling with one another.3. Refraining from jealousy.4. Not backbiting or gossiping.5. Putting aside disputes.6. Not swearing oaths, EVEN if they are true.7. Being careful not to utter bad language or abuse.8. Not being mean and miserly.9. Not being unjust to anyone.10. Keeping your eyes from what is forbidden to look at."The Prophet (S.A.W.) has also said:"There are many a people who derive no benefit from fasting except forhunger and thirst."