When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of hell are closed and the devils are chained.” (Bukhari)
Ramadan is a month of forgiveness, a month of blessings, a month of rewards. We welcome this month with open arms. This month is not just about fasting but far more than that. It basically means staying away from all evils, from all wrong actions, and helping others as much as we can. Its purpose is to make us come closer to our creator and seek forgiveness for all our bad deeds.
The most difficult thing for any human being is perhaps controlling his desires and saying no to something his mind urges him to do. But in Ramadan while fasting we learn to say no to food, we learn to say no to worldly pleasures, we learn to say no to the Saitaan and yes to God. During fasting we try to see things in a different perspective, we try to understand the sufferings of those who remain hungry throughout the year. We cannot really understand what others are going through unless we go through the same, so while fasting it becomes a bit easier for us to provide food to the needy as we ourselves remain needy, too.
Allah’s Messenger was recorded as saying, “Actions are judged by the doer’s intentions. Whatever a man has set his heart on, he shall have it. So he who emigrates for God and his Messenger will be led by his emigration to just that destination. And he who emigrates for worldly reasons, to enrich himself or to marry, will be led to just those objectives.” So, don’t just run for worldly pleasures, run for heaven. Ramadan is not just starving; it means the overall purification of both body and soul. Don’t let bad things corrupt your eyes, don’t backbite and spoil your tongue, don’t hear bad words and spoil your ears, don’t give and take haram money or things and spoil your hands. Think how lucky we are because Allah (SWT) has bestowed us with this great month where we can start all over and fill our empty hearts with the love of Allah.
I hope our eyes never fail to see the good things that are approaching us. I hope this month of Ramadan will lead us to the way of truth. May this Ramadan guide our souls and allow us to receive as much blessings as we can. Don’t just let this moment slip by without having gained something.