🌙Istaqbal e Ramadan
📌What is the purpose of fasting?
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ
O you who believe, the fasts have been enjoined upon you as they were enjoined upon those before you, so that you may have taqwa” (2:183).
📍The purpose of fasting is to gain Taqwah.
📍Without having Iman , Taqwah can’t be achieved.
📌Ramadan and Renewing the Iman (faith) – تجديد إيمان
📍Renewing the Iman is the first step to prepare for Ramadan.
📍Abdullah ibn Amr reported: The Messenger of Allah, SAWS, said, “Verily, the faith of one of you will diminish just as a shirt becomes worn out, so ask Allah to renew faith in your hearts.”
Source: al-Mustadrak 5
📍What’s Iman ?
Having complete faith that there is no doubt in the existence of Allah, the Hereafter, angels, Quran, all the Prophets, Jannah and Jahannam.
📍Ramadan is the best time to increase and renew the Iman.
📌How to Renew the faith (Iman)?
1️⃣By attaining the beneficial knowledge of
⏺Deen and Quran
⏺The signs of Allah in the Universe
📍The knowledge ( علم) increases the Iman by getting us closer to Allah SWT.
2️⃣By improving the relationship with the loved ones.
3️⃣By not hurting others with our actions.
4️⃣By becoming beneficial for others.
5️⃣By practicing Patience (الصبر)
📌The Benefits of Renewal of Iman
1️⃣Allah’s love and closeness is achieved.
2️⃣Other people start loving you and caring for you.
3️⃣Grief and sorrow go away from the heart.
4️⃣Iman protects one from the Shaitaan.
5️⃣Allah helps the people with Iman, in this world and in the Hereafter.
📌The fast is a shield 🛡
📍The voluntary denial of food and water, only for Allah’s sake, nourishes the soul to become a shield against the evil thoughts and acts, and a mean to protect from the hellfire.
📍It’s very important to protect the fast by guarding the tongue.
📍Fast of tongue means one should completely protect his speech from vain talk and foul language including lying and slandering.
📍Our Prophet SAWS said:” Whoever does not give up vain speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his fasting”, i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.
📌5 Goals for this Ramadan
1️⃣Improving the Salah
2️⃣Making Sadaqa a habit / Being beneficial for others
3️⃣Trying to make Dhikr all the time
4️⃣Improving the connection with the Quran by :
Memorizing the Ayaat of Quran + Tilawah (Recitation)
5️⃣Avoiding sins/ guarding the tongue