Ramadan provides a deeper, more meaningful relationship with our creator

By Aziz Junejo | May 08, 2019

For Muslims around the world, the holy month of Ramadan began Monday, a month-long ritual of fasting, offering Muslims the opportunity to increase one’s spirituality and appreciate God’s countless blessings.

Muslims will fast each day from sunrise to sunset and I have fasted since I was a child, it has continually increase my sense of spiritual self-discipline. Most importantly, it promotes the acute God-consciousness called Taqwa, which reminds me to more caring, sharing and compassionate throughout the day.

Fasting also makes me more conscious of the world’s countless poor and helps me see more clearly our society’s waste and extravagance, which makes me sad. But what I appreciate most during Ramadan is that sense of gratefulness I feel. Each Ramadan makes me an ever more thoughtful human.

God says: “O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed for you as it has been prescribed to those before you in order that you may attain taqwa (God-consciousness).” Quran 2:183 God promises Muslims who fast for the whole month that all their sins will be forgiven.

All Abrahamic traditions observe fasting in some form; it is mentioned in the Bible, the Torah, and the Quran. Fasting universally teaches self-control, while purifying the body, mind, and soul, and that results in heightened spiritual awareness.

Sure, fasting is a tad difficult in the beginning and a bit of a jolt to your body’s normal routine, but you’d be astonished at how quickly our the body adapts and responds to extended fasting. I realize what a luxury it is to have clean water and fresh food on a daily basis, and it should be enjoyed and cherished at every single opportunity.

When we are grateful for our sustenance and earnings, it is easier to simplify our lives. Fasting helps improve moral and spiritual character because it teaches patience and unselfishness. Understand the suffering of the poor and then giving food to the poor and marginalized during Ramadan is a vital way to faithfully practice Islam.

Throughout time, God has always smiled on ALL those who fasted devoutly for Him alone. Acts of worship such as fasting can be a time of reflection and renewal in faith. Ultimately, Ramadan provides me a deeper, more meaningful relationship with our creator and isn’t that what we all seek in life?

This Ramadan, I hope to be especially thankful to God for my spiritual growth over the past year, and I will work this month to be more tolerant, appreciative and more compassionate to my fellow human beings.

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