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Is Ramadan all about staying hungry?

15th May 2019
Is Ramadan all about staying hungry

No doubt, Ramadan is the blessed month for the Muslims who offer immense supplications to get the salvation of Allah (SWT). It is the month in which Muslims keep Fast (Sawm) of thirty days from dawn to dusk according to the lunar calendar. Ramadan has tremendous significance for the Muslim as many important events occurred in which the most important is the revelation of the Holy Quran.

As Allah says: “Verily! We have revealed the Holy Quran in the night of Decree. And how would you know what the night of Decree is? The night of Decree is better than a thousand nights. In this blessed night, the Angels descend and the Spirit descend by Divine’s commandment, on every errand: (they say) “Peace” (continuously) till the rise of Morning!” (Q 97:1-5)

Ramadan is the obligatory month for Muslims regarding keeping the Fasting. “O believer! Fasting (Sawm) is mandatory to you as it was mandatory to those before you, so that you may learn piety and righteousness” (Q 2:183)

As the above-mentioned verse of Quran is clearly prescribed that Fasting in Ramadan cannot be tolerated, however, there are some compensations to keep it next time if the person is seriously ill or while in the journey.

Muslims from all corner of the world anxiously await such sanctified month and as they get it they fulfill it in enthusiasm way. Indeed, the purpose of Keeping Fast in Ramadan is not all about staying hungry but, getting the bliss of Allah (SWT) immensely. Moreover, Fast (Sawm) is the charity of man’s body which needs every year to maintain health. Those who just keep Fast (Sawm) for showoff, certainly they are wasting their reward.

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said that maybe a fasting man will get nothing from his fast (Sawm) save hunger, and possibly the one who stands to pray at night (qiyam-ul-lail) will get nothing from his standing except sleeplessness.

There is an authentic hadith which interpretation is that if a man lies, quarrels, or backbites while fasting, show off his qiyam-ul-lail, or acts any such thing that Allah (SWT) forbids, then he is allowing lizards and roaches to ruin what he has done so hard to make.

So, we should keep Fast during the Ramadan for pure salvation of Allah (SWT) but not showing off to boast as a pious man. If a man earns virtues from one hand, so second hand should not know what the first one earned.

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