Ramadan Reflections

When we talk of Ramadan, it’s common to hear that it’s a period of training for the remaining 11 months. The explanation goes that when we can leave the permissible acts (food, beverage, marital relations) during fasting, it stands to reason that we can leave the haram acts during the other months. But is this the only takeaway from Ramadan? In this article, let’s revisit some of the other learnings that Ramadan has to offer.

1. Ramadan as a month of possibility

2. The importance of environment

The right environment can take our achievements to the next level. In a conflicting environment, it’s a struggle to survive, to get by.

3. The power of events/boot camp to get more done in less time

Each match follows a similar pattern, starts with enthusiasm, trudges in the middle and intent on hitting every ball out of the stadium towards the end. The day starts with fajr, people who hardly attend fajr do so because they have to wake up for suhoor (the only meal that they’ll have until sunset), gets busy with their livelihood in the middle part of the day and then fervently pray to Allah as they are about to break the fast. As soon as they had enough, they pray magrib. The time of fajr and magrib is when angles exchange shifts and Ramadan makes these two prayers unmissable.

While Ramadan is a month of possibility, it’s not easy to always live up to our potential. Ramadan as an event helps the believers accomplish a lot in a very less time.

4. Altering the baseline of beliefs / upward mobility in the spiritual domain

5. The sacred touch of the Quran

There is a deep connection between Ramadan and the Quran. There is nothing that the Quran touches except that it becomes sacred. The month in which the revelation started is the month of fasting and the month where Allah grants salvation to many of mankind. The city in which it was revealed, one prayer performed is equal to one lakh prayers. The man on whom it was revealed became the leader of all the messengers . The angel who brought the revelation attained special status that Allah made a special mention:

The Day that Ar-Rûh [Jibrael (Gabriel)] and the angels will stand forth in rows, none shall speak except him whom the Most Beneficent (Allâh) allows, and he will speak what is right.

Ramadan is testimonial to how a relationship with the Quran translates to an elevation in rank in the spiritual domain.

6. Ramadan as a reality check

For affluent people who don’t know what hunger feels like, it’s a time to empathize with the needy who hardly get one square meal a day. Ramadan then becomes an exhortation to feed the hungry for feeding them is one of the best deeds in Islam.

It also helps to appreciate the simple things in life: water feels sweet and tasty when you take the first sip, a simple rice porridge feels like the most delicious thing. To rediscover the simple pleasures in life, refrain from them for some time.

7. Ramadan as a diet program



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