When I reflect on my concept of life as a Muslim, I feel that it is too rich and reasonable for my spirit and intellect. Nowadays, we are in Ramadan, one of the most preferable months for Muslims. To make the best use of it as much as possible, I need to prepare my plans from before. Indeed, this gives me meaning for my life. No time for boredom. Is Ramadan all about fasting? Or is Islam all about rituals? What are the secrets behind this month, when fasting is one of the pillars of Islam? Let’s explore…
Unique Preparation for Ramadan
To begin with, Ramadan is one of the months in the Hijri Muslim Calendar. Muslims are prescribed to fast in this month daily from dawn to Sunset. Its fasting is the fourth pillar in Islam. Also, Ramadan time is a suitable time for accepting positive changes in life. This is due to the changes that happened in this month in the universe. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) says:
When Ramadan begins the gates of heaven are opened.” A version has, “The gates of paradise are opened, the gates of jahannam [Hellfire] are locked, and the devils are chained.” (Hadith) (1)
Relation between Ramadan And Qur’an
Adding to the previous merit, Allah ‘Only One God’ the Almighty has revealed His book ‘the Qur’an’ to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in this month. This indicates that the Qur’an has a special effect at that time. Generally, Qur’an is a book of guidance and healing for those who sincerely seek these meanings in this book. In Ramadan, the effect is greater. Thus, start to read the Qur’an if you want to discover yourself and the purpose of life. your journey is easier in Ramadan as the devils are chained.
Power of Supplication in Ramadan
One of the powerful miracles of Ramadan is answering the supplications. when Allah speaks about the rulings of Ramadan in the Qur’an, he gives us this Verse in between to indicate this meaning:
And when My servants ask you, [O Muḥammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.” [Qur’an, 2: 186] (2)
Indeed, it’s so hard to live in this life without the Guardian. we, as humans, are so limited and weak. We don’t know the hidden. Thus, one of the beauties of Islam is to offer us protection and guidance of Allah the Almighty if we submit to Him. Allah the Almighty says in the Qur’an:
Allah is the Ultimate Guardian of those who have attained faith; He brings them out of the darkness(es) into the light, while those who have denied—their guardians are the false masters; they bring them out of the light into the darkness(es) . Those are the fellows of the Fire; therein they abide. [Qur’an, 2: 257] (3)
— Fadel Soliman, Bridges’ translation
It’s time to come closer to your Creator and to ask Him your needs in addition to guidance. You suffer a lot, so no time for hesitation.
Ramadan Teaches Us Discipline
No discipline means no success. Ramadan is a month with intensive treatment for soul diseases. Are you suffer from arrogance, laziness, lack of motivation, or other diseases that restrain you from success in life? Then Ramadan is the striking point for the change. 30-day fasting teaches patience, try to give it a shot! Choose one challenge in your life to start to work on in Ramadan.
To summarize the steps you are to follow to touch the difference:
(1) Choose one challenge you want to work on.
(2) Realize the uniqueness of this month; Ramadan.
(3) Start to read the Qur’an to know the purpose of life and to understand yourself and find answers for your existential questions.
(4) Make intensive supplication asking your Creator, the Guardian, to guide you and to help you to face your challenge.