Monday, 15 July 2013

Taqwa-Real Essence Of Ramadan

Muslims all around the world are collecting the blessings of Ramadan these days. We, as an Ummah of our last Prophet (PBUH) commanded by Allah Almighty to follow this third pillar of Islam. In Quran Allah says;
O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint (Taqwa). (Quran 2:183)

You might have heard this Verse several times before. But what we need to understand is the underlying meaning of being self-resistant or taqwa. Taqwa is the real essence of fasting. We all are aware of the fact that fasting teaches us to sympathize with those in the world who have little to eat every day. It makes us realize the sufferings of those who are living below the poverty line. Through fasting we learn to become charitable and generous towards other fellow beings living around in poor living conditions. Some way or the other we all are aware of these blessings of Ramadan.

But the real essence of fasting is taqwa, which is far beyond than becoming self resistant. Taqwa teaches us to realize the presence of Allah around us. Taqwa makes us protect oneself from the wrath of Almighty by protecting our self from those deeds or acts that Allah forbids. It brings us closer to the creator this way. When we adopt good habits, good deeds, good manners and good speech we are automatically on the path of taqwa leading us to our creator, makes sense? Yes it does.
If we do not leaving our bad deeds, bad speech, bad manners than Allah do not want us to leave our food to eat and water to drink. Fasting is one of the most favorite acts to God. He’s commanded every nation and tribe before Muslims to fast. Therefore, it is necessary to learn the real essence of this month and try to please God in best possible ways. Allah promises immense rewards in response to our good deeds in this holy month. We cannot even imagine the spiritual and physical merits and rewards that Allah promises us.
 But to gain these rewards we must choose the right path and the right path can only be gained through giving our attention and devotion to the creator. We have to leave our laptops and cell phones in the middle of the night and spend it in the acts of Ebadah. We have to give our time to the creator instead of spending it in those acts that can only harm us in the end.

May this Ramadan lay the foundation stone to the path of taqwa and help us to become good muslims. (Ameen)

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