Blessings of Fasting

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is a very blessed month and we should strive to spend more time in prayer, reciting Quran, charity and doing good things during this month. We list out the main things that Muslims can and should strive to achieve during this blessed month:

1. Attain Taqwa

Allah SWT says: “O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed for you as it has been prescribed for people before you so that you will (learn how to) attain Taqwa,” [Al-Baqarah, 2:183]. Attainment of Taqwa (Piety) is the foremost requirement in the life of a believer. One who has attained Taqwa has attained excellence in the worship of the Lord. It is beyond doubt that fasting stands as one of the sublime means in attaining it. In many verses of the Qur’an Allah SWT says that the reward of the people of Taqwa is Paradise. “Be quick in the race for forgiveness from your Lord and for a garden whose width is that (of the whole) of the heavens and of the earth prepared for the Muttaqeen (people of Taqwa), [Al-Imran 3:133].

2. Seek Taubah

Making Taubah is a precursor to achieving Taqwa and what better time than the month of Ramadan to do this. The month of Ramadan provides a wonderful opportunity for accounting of ones’ sins and making repentance. Taubah is about reflecting on oneself and then taking note of the sins that one commits. As human beings, we are prone to making mistakes and it is incumbent upon us to repent for the mistakes that we commit. It should not become a ritualistic exercise but we should be sincere in our Taubah. In fact, the last few 10 days of Ramadan, when a lot of Muslims observe ‘Aetkaaf’ in the mosque, is one of the best times to reflect on ourselves and make Taubah.
Taubah is something that is between you and Allah SWT. Seeking Taubah is not only confined to Ramadhan, but is a continuous process. Allah SWT says: “Surely, Allah loves those people who constantly repent to Him (do Taubah to Him),” [Al-Baqarah 2:222]. One important point to take note of in this verse is that Allah SWT did not say: “Allah loves the Taa’ibeen (those who repent),” but he said ‘Tawwabeen’ which means “those who constantly, over and over, repent to Allah.”
The Messenger of Allah SWT said: “O mankind! Do Taubah (repent) to Allah and seek His forgiveness, for surely, I do so 100 times every single day.” [Saheeh Muslim]. In actuality Taubah is one of the purposes of our very creation as human beings. Human nature is submerged in sins. The month of Ramadan gives us a huge opportunity to do Taubah and draw ourselves close to Allah’s will.

3. Seek Forgiveness

None among us is perfect. We all have weaknesses and bound to indulge in wrongdoing. We commit sins out of ignorance or for fulfilment of desires and whims. Abu Hurairah narrated that Allah’s Messenger PBUH said: “Whoever observes fasts during the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping to attain ALLAH’s rewards, and then all his past sins will be forgiven,” [Bukhari]. “Whoever establishes prayers during the nights of Ramadan (and that is called Qiyam) faithfully out of sincere faith and hoping to attain ALLAH’s rewards (not for exhibition), all his past sins will be forgiven.” [Bukhari]

4. Develop Relation with Quran

Recite Qur’an as much as you can

As this sublime truth, the glorious Quran was revealed in the month of Ramadan. It deserves more attention and thoughtfulness during this month. We should strive to come closer to Quran and it’s message during this blessed month. It is beyond doubt that whoever develops a connect with the Quran will surely attain the goal of Ramadan (i.e. attainment of self-restraint, piety and noble conduct). Allah SWT says: “And We have sent down to you the Book (the Qur’an) as an exposition of everything, a guidance, a mercy, and glad tidings for those who have submitted themselves (to Allah as Muslims),” [An-Nahl 16:89].

The days and nights of Ramadan should be spent in the recitation of the Qur’an and reflection on its meaning. The Prophet PBUH said: “Verily, Allah elevates some people with this Qur’an and humiliates others by it,” [Muslim].

Abdullah ibn `Amr reported that the Messenger of ALLAH PBUH said: “The fast and the Qur’an are two intercessors for the servant of ALLAH on the Day of Resurrection. The fast will say: ‘O Lord, I prevented him from his food and desires during the day. Let me intercede for him.’ The Qur’an will say: ‘I prevented him from asleep. Let me intercede for him.’ And their intercession will be accepted,” [Ahmad].

5. Strive to be amongst Siddeeqeen (true followers) and Shuhadaa (martyrs)

A man came to Prophet PBUH and said: “O Messenger of ALLAH PBUH, what if I testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah SWT and that you are the messenger of Allah and I observe the five daily prayers, and I pay the Zakaah, and I fast and stand in prayer in Ramadan, then amongst whom shall I be? He PBUH said, Among Siddeeqeen and the Shuhadaa,” [Ibn Hibban].

6. Cut sexual desires

Fasting also helps in restricting ones’ desires. Alqama said: ‘’While I was walking with ‘Abdullah he said, “We were in the company of the Prophet and he said, ‘He who can afford to marry should marry, because it will help him refrain from looking at other women, and save his private parts from looking at other women, and save his private parts from committing illegal sexual relation; and he who cannot afford to marry is advised to fast, as fasting will diminish his sexual power,” [Bukhari].

May Allah bless us all and help us in achieving the true virtues of Ramadan. Aameen



Holy Ramadan is the ninth month of Islamic lunar calendar. Each month of the lunar calendar is either of 29 or 30 days. Beginning of new month is based on sightation of new moon (like a crescent). Once the moon of Ramadan is sighted, then it is obligatory for all the Muslims who have attained the age of puberty to fast for the whole month except in few exceptional cases.

Arabic word for fasting is Sawm meaning a fast which begins with dawn and ends with sunset. Muslims wake up before dawn and have Suhur (Pre dawn meal). The next meal they have is only after the sunset which is called Iftaar (Post dusk meal). One must not forget that fasting in the month of Ramadan is among the five obligations which distinguish one as a Muslim.

The verse of the holy Quran clearly indicates that fasting is not a new obligation. Fasting was prescribed in the doctrines of other prophets who preached prior to Muhammed PBUH. ALLAH SWT says “O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed for you as it has been prescribed for people before you so that you will (learn how to) attain Taqwa” [Al-Baqarah, 2:183].

Muslims fast because ALLAH SWT has commanded them to do so. Many people have researched, discussed, debated and documented many virtues of fasting such as developing control over hunger, thirst, abstaining from any kind of sexual desires etc. Yes, all these are absolutely right but the primary goal should be achievement of Taqwa.

The companion of the Prophet PBUH Abu Umaamah (May ALLAH be pleased with him) asked: ‘O Messenger of ALLAH, tell me of an action by which I may enter Paradise’. He said: ‘Take to Fasting, there is nothing like it.’ [An-Nasaa’ee, Ibn Hibbaan, Al-Haakim, Saheeh]

Dear brothers and sisters the reality of our time is that our life span in this world is probably averaging between 60 or 70 years as Prophet Muhammed PBUH said that his ummah’s age would be anything between 60 and 70. Most of us have lived almost half the number. We have spent many Ramadans gaining nothing from it, though ALLAH SWT granted us this occasion year after year but we simply were not able to capitalize. We seldom utilized it to save our souls from the horrifying fire of Hell. On the other hand we are very uncertain that will we get this opportunity again? So let us all strive to make the most of this Ramadan by practicing all the deeds that bring the slave of ALLAH SWT closer to Him. Let us spend the forthcoming Ramadan as the last Ramadan of our lives.

Let me share a very thought provoking personal incident which shocked me. I was in my teens and the occasion was the first day of the holy month. I was about to enter the Masjid early to offer my first fajr of that Ramadan. As it was the first day my spirits were high which normally happens with most of us. Pity is that we become really enthusiastic during the beginning and as the month progresses the situation gets reversed. May Allah SWT forgive and help us all to be consistent. Aameen. Coming back to the incidence, an old man also entered Masjid along with me. Both of us performed ablution together. Soon the old man started crying out loud. I was thinking as to why the man is crying. He was asking forgiveness from his Lord and wept saying: You gave me a chance again so Oh! Lord accept the little deeds that I have done and forgive me for the sins that I have committed. Sadly, following year he passed away. Oh ALLAH! Forgive him and have mercy on him. Muslims! We must emulate this in our lives as well.

Oh believers! Let’s not waste this Ramadan in shopping, preparing for iftaar parties and various other activities killing precious moments of Ramadan that are gifted by our Lord. Kindly try as much as possible to utilize the opportunity to ask forgiveness, praise Almighty, thank HIM for everything, attain Taqwa, seek ALLAH’s pleasure, devote most of your time in prayers, Zikr, recitation of Quran and last but not least refrain from the acts that will displease our merciful lord – ALLAH SWT.

Humble request for prayers so that we can reap maximum benefit out of coming month of blessing – Ramadan. Aameen