Beyond Ritual: Tips to change your life in Ramzan

Latest Pillar of Islam Ramzan Shuja Khan
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When the light comes darkness disappears. I am sure we all have heard the phrase and a simple example of it would be practicing the month of Ramzan. It, in its true sense, teaches us our responsibility towards humanity. No doubt, the month of Ramzan is more like a training period for 29 or 30 days once a year. Muslims around the world observe Saum (fast) from dawn to dusk without eating or drinking anything. For a moment try to feel the gravity of such a month, where someone is empty stomach throughout the day and that too with his own will. He might have all the resources with him or he has ample money in his pocket, he can buy stuff to feed his belly, but no! He has decided to remain in a continuous state of fast for the entire full month. Here are some Tips to change your life in Ramzan:

Hunger

According to the World Food Programme

There are 821 million people

more than 1 in 9 of the world population – who do not get enough to eat.

Most of the time during the month of Ramadan we feel the pain of hunger and thirst. But wait a minute, do we ever give a thought about the pain and hunger and thirst that our poverty-stricken brothers and sisters feel every day. Are we conscious enough to ask this question to ourselves?

Qur’an Says:

And they give food despite the love for it, to the needy, the orphan, and the captive. [Saying], “We feed you only for the countenance of Allah. We wish not from you, reward or gratitude. (Qur’an 76:8-9)

Or feeding on a day of severe hunger. An orphan of near relationship. Or a needy person in misery. And then being among those who believed and advised one another to patience and advised one another to compassion. Those are the companions of the right. (Qur’an 90: 14-18)

Allah will say on the Day of Resurrection…

“…O son of Adam, I asked you for food and you fed Me not. He will say: O Lord, and how should I feed You when You are the Lord of the worlds? He will say: Did you not know that My servant So-and-so asked you for food and you fed him not? Did you not know that had you fed him you would surely have found that (the reward for doing so) with Me?” Sahih Muslim 2569

Anger Management

A man said to the Prophet (ﷺ), “Advise me!”The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Do not become angry and furious.” The man asked (the same) again and again, and the Prophet (ﷺ) said in each case, “Do not become angry and furious.” Sahih al-Bukhari 6116

Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “The strong is not the one who overcomes the people by his strength, but the strong is the one who controls himself while in anger.” Sahih Bukhari 6114

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “Fasting is a shield or protection so there should be no obscene or offensive talk or behavior. If a person fights him or insults him, let him say, ‘I am fasting,’ twice. Bukhari – 1894, Muslim – 115

It is often said, anger is one of the biggest enemies of man. We as human beings must learn to behave ourselves and control our anger as anger not only destroys the relationship but also it is one of the biggest threats to our creativity.

Forgiveness

Ramadan is the month of mercy and seeking forgiveness from God Almighty. Yes, of course, everyone one of us is busy asking forgiveness of our sins and wrongdoings. But, did we ever give it a thought, a thought of forgiving others for their mistakes. See what our Lord has said about forgiving others in the Holy Qur’an:

“. . . and let them pardon and overlook. Would you not like that Allah should forgive you? And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” [Quran 24:22]

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said, (when he was on the minbar:)

“Show mercy, and you will be shown mercy;

forgive, and Allah will forgive you.”

(Classed as Saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh at-Targheeb – 2465).

Undoubtedly, there is no one amongst us who does not make mistakes and fall short, and wrong others or transgress their rights to some extent; each of us would like people to forgive them for all the wrongs they have done to them. When we think of forgiveness we mostly think of Allah’s forgiveness and we forget how important it is that we also forgive. We need to remember both, because if we don’t forgive we do wrong in our relationship with Allah as well as in our relationships with each other. How can we expect Allah to forgive us, while we are not even willing to forgive others?

We ask Allah, may He be exalted, to improve our attitude and to make us amongst those who possess this noble characteristic.

Indeed, Ramadan is the month of Light. Let’s remove the darkness this Ramadan!

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