By: Sr. Kanwal Malik Saba
As Ramadan approaches fast we tend to adjust our schedules and routines. The grocery lists are made and the pantry is stuffed. Errands are done in advance or postponed till after this blessed month. However, this month is all about cultivating and renewing our allegiance to Allah SWT. Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said, “Whoever observes fasts during the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping to attain Allah's rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).
Ramadan is an excellent opportunity to establish a relationship with the Quran. Reading the Quran every day during Ramadan helps us continue this habit for the rest of the year. Abdullah ibn `Amr reported that the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said, “Fasting and the Qur'an will intercede on behalf of Allah's servant on the Day of Judgment: Fasting will say, "O my Lord! I prevented him from food and desires during the day, so accept my intercession for him." And the Qur'an will say, "O my Lord! I prevented him from sleeping by night, so accept my intercession for him." The intercession of both will thus be accepted”.
During this month, it becomes imperative that we abstain from food and water but most importantly, this is a prerequisite for the rest of the year so we can abstain from bad habits. Ramadan is a training session that helps us become better Muslims. Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said, “Fasting is a shield; so when one of you is fasting he should neither indulge in obscene language nor should he raise his voice in anger. If someone attacks him or insults him, let him say: "I am fasting!" (Muslim).
May Allah help us this Ramadan to become better versions of ourselves. May HE bless the entire Muslim Ummah and ease their sufferings. May Allah SWT accept our halal duas and grant health to the sick. May HE accept our fasts and duas and lead us to Jannah In Sha Allah. Ramadan Kareem everyone!!