Ramadan, the month of fasting that marks the holy month of Muslims who are expected to fast and practice abstinence from dawn until sunset, is just about to begin.
What most of us might usually ponder over is the purpose of the month-long fasting and what do Muslims get out of it?
Fasting in Ramadan is not just about being in the state of remaining hungry and thirsty; it’s a whole month of opportunity to take lessons which are to be applied long after the month is out. Its purpose is to focus on spirituality, praying and withholding any acts of violence during the fast. Muslims are expected to refrain from food and drink and abstain from smoking and sex each day during the celebration from dawn to dusk.
Here’s what Muslims get out of fasting in the month of Ramadan.
Fasting acts as a “spiritual detox”:
As we mentioned above, fasting is not simply about denying your body food and water. It involves more challenges like avoiding ill speech, arguments, loss of temper and hateful behavior. The whole point of the fast is to keep your mind focused on a spiritual plane.
Self-restraint,Discipline and self control:
When you can deprive yourself of basic necessities of life such as water and food for a period of 15 to 18 hours during the heat of the day, then of course it’s comparatively easier to quit lying and the practice of those sins that are forbidden in Islam.
In fasting, by refraining from the natural human urges, you are exercising you ability of self-restraint, so that you can then apply it to your everyday life to bring about self-improvement.
Fasting in the month of Ramadan and the discipline of prayer at prescribed times during the day is one of the greatest means of inculcating self-discipline.
Attain nearness and closeness to God:
When you practice fasting the way it should be for the sake of following a Divine commandment, it intensifies the consciousness of God in your hearts, resulting in a higher spiritual experience.
The blessed month is sent by God to his men as an opportunity to get closer to Him and earn His paradise by reaping the many rewards that lie in this month.
The purpose of fasting is to attain righteousness. A person who undergoes hunger and thirst, but does not behave righteously, has done nothing. It is a month of reformation and self reflection and to seek forgiveness for all the bad sins.
The person fasting must remember that the aim is not simply to remain hungry; he should be engaged in the remembrance of God so as to attain severance from worldly needs.
Charity and generosity:
It is naturally alleviated during the month of Ramadan.The deprivation of fasting makes you sympathize with the suffering of others and it makes us remember the blessings of life which we normally take for granted.
The month-long fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam and has been made so that mankind can take advantage of the merits contained within to reform themselves while creating a strong connection with God Almighty.