Ramadan Opportunity

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) demonstrated to his how the worth of the next life is much more as compared to this world that we live in. Islam teaches us to nurture our physical being, but it also emphasizes greatly on the importance of nurturing the soul rather than the body for that is beneficial to us in this life and the next.  Fasting is the process through which prophet Muhammad (SAW) has taught us how to ignore our physical desires and make us spiritually stronger.

“The strong person is not the one who can wrestle someone else down.  The strong person is the one who can control himself when he is angry.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)

Also about the effect of fasting on one’s behaviour, the Prophet said, “Fasting is a shield, so the one who fasts should avoid obscene speech and ignorant behavior.  If someone abuses him or starts to fight with him, he should reply by saying: ‘I am fasting.  I am fasting’.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)

The core of fasting according to the Prophet was one’s willingness not merely to give up self-indulgence, but to feel the need of one’s brother as one’s own.  And no one was more kind-hearted and generous than the Messenger of God; and his generosity reached its peak in Ramadan.  (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)

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Ramadan Opportunity

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) made clear the importance of treating people nicely when he said:

“Make things easy for people and do not make them difficult, and cheer people up and do not drive them away.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)

He (SAW) also said:

“The most beloved of actions to God Almighty, is making another Muslim happy, removing a hardship that has befallen him, paying off a debt of his or ridding him of hunger.  It is more beloved to me indeed that I walk with my Muslim brother to see to a need of his than secluding oneself in a mosque for a month…” (Tabarani)

The heart of one who sincerely fasts is open to the contemplation of the magnificence of the countless bounties of Allah (SWT).  That is why the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) asked his followers to avoid gluttony:

“The food of two people is enough for three, and the food of three people is enough for four.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)


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