An estimated 2 billion Muslims worldwide are fasting from dawn till dusk for the month of Ramadan. It isn’t only to abstain from food and drink. It is considered a point of change.
1- If you can resist your desires, you can overcome many things
You’re over your addiction for 30 days, you’e over your desires for 30 days, you’re over your body needs for 30 days. Anyone who’s living for a goal, faces hardships and may stop in the middle of the way saying “I can’t”. Not only the hardships, but also far dreams we looking for. Fasting increases self-control. It’s as a message to the fasting person “You can do it, you are strong enough to afford it”. It’s simple; overcoming those challenges is a piece of cake (only that you can’t eat it till it’s sunset, lol) you chose not to eat , you afford hunger for something further. Consequently, when you learn to control your own eating, you develop the ability to control less fundamental uses.
Fasting also strengthens self-confidence because you see yourself act in the way you intended.
2- Reducing outer effects & getting a better receptive
Qur’an is a guide for all, the Muslim and the non-Muslim, the sinner and the obedient and the individuals and the community.
It’s available to read at any time in any place, but why do Muslims give it an especial interest in Ramadan?
– The main reason is that during the month of Ramadan when Jibril (i.e The Holy Spirit) visited Prophet Mohammed every night and recited the Qur’an to him, as the prophet took the best advantages and benefits from the Qur’an. So it is recommended to recite it to follow the Prophet and get the greatest benefits from Qur’an.
– Fasting reduces your dependence on materials like food & coffee, consequently softens the heart and makes it more receptive, so you can understand, feel and respond to the commands of Qur’an more than any other time.
-Muslims study the Qur’an to take the advantage of the noble time during this month when Allah (The Creator of heavens and earth) revealed the Qur’an, it’s like our special time with Allah.
3- Enriches your self-guard, feeling the name of Allah; “The Watchful”, whether others are watching or not
Many criminals hide to be able to do their crimes. On the personal level for example: Smoking is unacceptable behavior to one’s parents, so he hides from them to smoke. But, what about Allah “The Watchful”?!!
Fasting remembers the fasting with this name of Allah. One who is hunger and thirst can’t hide to eat or drink because he knows that Allah is with him and sees him. He is his Witness. And that actually increases the concept of feeling of self-guard, not for fearing the state laws nor people talk.
This meaning creates an emotion in one’s heart, then he can’t do wrong because Allah sees him even others not.
4- Reducing the gap between the rich and the poor on an annual base; makes a better community
It’s the month of charity. Feeding the poor and needy is highly recommended in Ramadan. There’s a determined obligatory portion taken from wealth and given to the poor in Ramadan and this’s called Zakat-Elfitr.
The Prophet was the most generous of all the people, and he used to become more generous in Ramadan when Jibriel (i.e The Holy spirit) met him. Jibriel used to meet him every night during Ramadan to revise the Qur’an with him. Allah’s Messenger then used to be more generous than the fast wind.” [Bukhari]
The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion.” [Quran.com/2/185]
Really, Qur’an is the most glorious book. It’s an important cause to change one’s life to better. To be revealed in Ramadan is a cause why Muslims love this month.
Read it, it’s where you find the change you need: Quran.com