Let's try to gain all the spiritual benefits of this holy month. Fasting is a lesson in patience and self-control. It builds strong will power, sincerity and devotion as it gives us the strength to overcome our human cravings and temptations and restore the command of our souls over our bodies. It feeds the soul with freedom, dignity and awe. It gives us peace, serenity and devotion.
As you fast this year, remember the million homeless, poor and needy. Remember the ill and the less fortunate. Fill your heart with gratitude and compassion and as you purify your heart, purify your thoughts, deeds and action. Be positive. Don't just think about them. See what you can do. Volunteer for a good cause, share your time, effort or money.
Fasting in Islam is never practiced in Isolation from society and life. As you engage in your normal daily routine, try to exert extra time and effort for soul purification through Qur'an and dhikr Allah (Divine remembrance), through strenghening family ties, through helping others, and through controlling your temper and watching your words and acts.
Fasting is a true lesson in morality and and ethics. It spreads the spirit of forgiveness and peace, love and compassion. Awareness is your key to gaining all those great benefits. Be aware of each moment, of each thought and act. Be mindful of your countless blessings and your endless boons. And above all be mindful of your thoughts, words, action and reactions. Our Prophet PBUH said: " Some people who fast gain nothing beyond hunger and thirst" (Ahmed).
Ramadan is also a great opportunity to teach a lot to our children. Don't waste it. Below is a simple children chart for the 30 days of Ramadan with basic concepts to apply. Talk to them about the meaning of each concept and let then tick the right box when they perform the suggested deed.
Have a great day and Ramadan Mubarak!!!
Click here to download Ramadan Chart (Arabic version):