Purpose of Ramzan

Purpose of Ramzan

Latest Pillar of Islam Ramzan Shuja Khan
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As we know Ramzan is among the five pillars of Islam. Muslims around the world observe saum (fast) during the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar for 29 or 30 days. It is in this month that the message of God Almighty was revealed for the entire mankind. Out of curiosity, someone may ask, why is this message important for mankind? Briefly, Qur’an contains the guidance, including the clear evidence and signs of guidance and the criteria (i.e to judge between right and wrong) for mankind. As the history witnessed, the guidance and that too from the clear evidence and signs are always being the necessity of the human race. Similarly, when in doubt man always needs the criteria to judge between right & wrong.

Qur’an says:

شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِي أُنْزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِنَ الْهُدَىٰ وَالْفُرْقَانِ

The month of Ramadan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. (2:185)

This is not the first time our Lord through Qur’an ordered humanity to observe fast, but the fasting was made mandatory to the people before the Qur’an as well. As the Almighty said in the Qur’an:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous. (2:183)

TAQWA

And what will be the better purpose of fasting than the “taqwa” itself? Taqwa is loving Allah to such a decree which causes a fear of being disobedient of His will. And, warding off evil and seeking His protection for the love of Allah.

As we know, the month Ramzan appears once every year and so do the obligatory fasting, an important question arises here, Will fasting just for a month be enough to sustain the taqwa for the rest of the 11 months?

Yes, indeed. In simple words, a doctor knows the timings as well as the dosage to cure a particular illness. Most importantly, the doctor is also aware of the lasting of the dosage.

It is a matter of self-realization for all of us on two counts:

  • Are we getting the desired outcome from the month of Ramzan, that is Taqwa?
  • Will the warmth of Taqwa last till the next Ramzan?

Don’t neglect, time to ponder, and to achieve the desired Taqwa this Ramzan!

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