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Educational Inimitability of the Qur'an: Fasting as an Example

MIT
12/24/2015
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"Many are the observers of fast who gain nothing from their fast but thirst and hunger."

[Narrated by Al Nisa'e and Ibn Majah from Abu Huraira]
 
Siyam (Fasting) is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is as important as any other pillar amongst the pillars of Islam. You can say or sometimes see it not rational enough for Allah to make compulsory upon you, for being a Muslim, that you stop and abstain from most of your pleasure activities such as eating, sexual intercourse, fighting, quarreling, drinking etc. from dawn till sunset. To make it irrevocable and unbendable, He proclaimed in His book: {O you who believe! Observing al-Siyam (the fast) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become al-Muttaqun (the pious)} [al-Baqarah: 183].
 
This verse of the Glorious Qur'an on its own affirms two major facts. The first is that this siyam (fast) was being practiced by other nations before us. It means all past Prophets of Allah had the commandment to observe fast just as it is being prescribed for us too, though its manners and detailed ways may differ. This emphasizes the point that Islam has always been the way of all Prophets and their true followers from the onset hitherto.
 
Secondly, it is a compulsory part and parcel of Islam. The commanding tone and manner of expression depicts nothing but that. And since in the life time of the Prophet Muhammad  no other revelation or act from him negated or abrogated this implied law, it thus stands till the Day of Reckoning as a compulsory pillar of Islam as stated clearly in many other sayings of the Prophet .
Perhaps if you fast, and prevent yourself from sins and wrongdoings, and you come to Allah the Almighty, He will lighten up your way and make you see the righteous things as righteous and the bad things as bad. Once again we infer that worships in this great religion are justified by people’s interests. Here are some of these benefit we derive from Siyam (Fasting):
 
Du'a (Suplication): Of the distinguishing features of Islam is the fact that you need no mediator whatsoever to get through to your Lord and Creator. Fasting is another verifier of that fact. It's all about self-restrain and God consciousness. He sees you and what you do anywhere anytime. That is why the Prophet stated in a hadith Qudsi that Allah said: "All work of the child of Adam are for him, except Saum (Fasting). It is for me and I will reward for it". [Bukhari].
In fact, the Prophet  said that the time a fasting person breaks after sunset is amongst the times prayers are accepted and answered by Allah . You are therefore, advised to utilize your fasting times for supplicating to Allah. Put in effort and strive to call upon Him, your Lord and Creator, He will give you consideration looking at your situation and struggle. That was why the Prophet  used to sit up and strive so hard in a manner he never did outside Ramadan, because of the combined privilege given to Ramadan, being a special month and also for nothing but fasting.

Patience: This is one of the major lessons learnt from fasting. You the rich person may not necessarily know what the poor goes through in hunger due to poverty. When you see beggars and needy people, you really do not give a damn. You just cannot comprehend the scenario. But after passing through this compulsory exercise of fasting, you will have to come to terms with what those poor people pass through day in day out. This in turn, encourages charity in different ways. One of such is the zeal to give out to the needy and poor because you have also felt a little of what they feel always. You thereafter have some kind of softness towards them any time you see them.

Again is the fact that in the month of Ramadan, in which fasting is compulsory, Allah increases His rewarding scale capacity from ten folds to seven hundred folds for every good deed done. This will also make you spend out of charity to enable you gather as much rewards as possible. In any case, anyone who can fast, sincerely observing its does and don'ts, can withstand and be more patient in times of temptations compared to that person who does not fast. Thus fasting, if duly observed as prescribed, boosts the strength of patience and perseverance in you. 






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