I have been invited to compose a few reflections throughout the month of Ramadan. These reflections will not be complicated or too detailed, but gentle reminders during this blessed month with a view to helping us draw closer to Allah. I do hope that you will find what I have written to be helpful as you go through this month. And may Allah make it easy for you to complete the fast. As for those who are unable to fast, I pray that Allah accepts from you as well and that you draw closer to Him with many acts of worship and obedience and He showers you with His Mercy.
And Narrated Abu Huraira (RA):
The Prophet (PBUH) said,
“Whoever fasted the month of Ramadan out of sincere Faith (i.e. belief) and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his past sins will be forgiven, and whoever stood for the prayers in the night of Qadr out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari)
When Allah calls upon us to do something it is for our own good. Fasting is meant to draw us closer to Him so that we may achieve God-consciousness (taqwa). Possessing a greater awareness that Allah is watching us will help us to reform our behavior and act as a reminder that we must all eventually return to Him.
And praise be to Allah that He has made concessions for those who are permanently unable to fast due to old age or chronic illness, as well as for those who temporarily cannot fast due to either pregnancy, traveling or some illness from which the person is expected to recover from later, in which case they make up their missed days later on. Indeed, Allah has made the religion of Islam easy for His servants.
And Ramadan is a month of forgiveness, and we are all in need of forgiveness from Allah for we all have sinned. But Allah, in His infinite Mercy towards His servants, has granted us numerous opportunities to turn to Him and seek His forgiveness. And one of those opportunities is the fast of the month of Ramadan which if we observe in the way that Allah has prescribed, all of our previous sins will be forgiven. And what could be a greater blessing than to be forgiven by Allah?
Our hearts are laden with many acts of disobedience toward our creator and without His forgiveness we are doomed. But we know that Allah loves to forgive and that is why He has given us so many opportunities to turn to Him. This includes the five daily prayers, attending the Friday prayers, acts of charity and a host of good deeds all of which are a source of forgiveness from Allah as well as immense reward.
There are many other rewards associated with fasting, which I will mention throughout the month, inshallah, but these two — the attainment of taqwa and forgiveness from Allah — is something we should focus on during this blessed month. Ramadan Mubarak and may Allah accept from all of us.