In this article, we’ll speak more about Ramadan with the intention to fine tune our fasting, and reach the highest possible level of piety.
Allah SWT revealed a “very” special section in Surat Al-Baqarah solely for Ramadan and fasting. These verses should be the starting point of any seriously fasting Muslim. Let’s read together how Allah SWT introduced Ramadan to us.
“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may attain piety” (2:183).
Subhan Allah, it’s as if Allah SWT is telling us never to underestimate the holiness of our fasting. And because Allah SWT knows best, He starts by clarifying that fasting has been prescribed for those before us, so that no one criticizes it. So simply forget all those devilish attacks on your fasting, and rather focus on the reason behind it: “that you may attain piety”.
They tell you what’s the point of depriving yourself of food and drink. How would they know if they have never tasted its spirituality? So instead of letting us sink in that fruitless argument, Allah SWT guides us from the very first verse with a clear message: You are asked to fast so that you may attain piety, so focus on your piety and whatever leads to it, and ignore everything else.
Then Allah explains to us the conditions of fasting before once again raising our spirituality sky high with yet another verse. Please read these Ramadan verses, and listen to them with your hearts and minds, rather than with your eyes and ears. Let’s open our hearts now:
“The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the Criterion” (2:185).
Oh my Oh my, how much would you pay people just for this previous verse? What a beauty! Ramadan, the Quran and the Criterion all in one verse! So Allah SWT is helping us attain piety by reminding us of what this blessed month should mean to all of us: The Quran people!
Ramadan is the month when Allah bestowed His greatest mercy on mankind! The month when He declared Mohamed SAW His last messenger! The month when the Noble Quran was revealed! The month of our fasting! The month of forgiveness! Piety, piety, piety is showering you.
Then once the second wave of spirituality is revealed, Allah SWT continues explaining to us once again the conditions of fasting. Then suddenly Allah SWT reveals another beauty. Taking us from the details of fasting, to a verse which should textually make you cry.
“And when my servants question you concerning Me, then surely I am close. I answer the prayer of the supplicant when he calls on Me. So let them bear My call and let them trust in Me, in order that they may be led aright” (2:186).
So is Ramadan just to recall the first revelation, sympathize with the poor and attain piety? Is that all? No people, no, Allah has a lot more. And this why this last verse comes to put it crystal clear for all of us: Just ask! Ask all you want! And Allah is there to answer!
Although Allah’s reward for our fasting is more than what all our dreams combined could reach, Allah opens yet another door for us.
To be continued in sha’ Allah in Part 10…