|Ramadan's Glowing Affects
6/29/2016 3:48:54 PM
By Hakim Abdul-Ali
In the Islamic world, the holy month of Ramadan is quite literally the most important and anticipated month of the year for the globe's almost 1.9 billion Muslims. It's the time of steadfast fasting, serious study and performing extra prayers for the sincere submitters.
At the end of this year's current Ramadan 30 day fasting period, which began on June 6 and ends this year on July 5, there's much expected joy and anticipated celebrations as the Muslims will celebrate this occasion with the July 6 Eid (celebration) activities that usually runs about three days. Needless to say, the world's Muslim Ummah's (community's) population will share with their kindred brothers and sisters of all ethnicities and hues from every corner of the earth, the gratitude to ALLAH (the Arabic word for God Alone) for being able to, hopefully, having been able to experience and complete one more fasting month.
As I write in the few remaining days of this year's holy fasting period, I simply want to share with you my feelings about this wondrous month's affects upon me and, I'm sure, the others in the Muslim world. You see, fasting during Ramadan is more than just giving up the stated and known food, drink, etc., and abstaining from sex pleasures between married spouses from dawn to sunset.
No, it's a whole lot more. You see fasting during Ramadan puts the sincere Muslim populace, who are seeking connection to and forgiveness from God Alone, in greater touch with the Most High Alone with their extra late night prayers (Taraweeh) and the greater remembrance of the Creator Alone's mercy to mankind. And that says a lot.
Whenever I think of breaking the fast by eating at sunset in a meal called "Iftar," I'm forever reminded, along with all of the universe's consciously aware believers in true Islam, of all the world's less fortunate souls, both Muslim and non-Muslim, who have nothing or very little to drink or eat. I, along with these aware and caring fasting souls, are reminded of God Alone's mercy to us who have food and drink to be able to feel the affects of what all fellow ethnic "hue-man" souls who have no food or water to eat or drink have to experience and go through everyday. This disturbs me tremendously.
This humbles me too as Ramadan's monthly methodical, spiritual fasting process serves as a timeless and annual reminder for me and other reflective Muslims to know that ALLAH, Who (Alone) provides nourishment for us at the breaking of the fast, is "the only reality" in our lives. And, that's why we fast because of ALLAH Alone's request of us to engage in the fasting process. The affects strengthens the effects.
Again, the effects of Ramadan's awesomeness are a constant reminder for me and others to see just how the so-called less fortunate of "hue-manity," past and present felt and feel like on a diurnal basis of dealing with the trials of life. Fasting awakens me to God Alone centeredness like nothing else?
It's so unique and special until that reality transforms me ever-so-inwardly as I delve into the daily reading of the Holy Qur'an, knowing that All Mighty ALLAH is the creator, provider and sustainer (alone) of every living thing including all of the Muslim fasting conglomerate. This activity is one that gives me knowledge that I otherwise would have no insight of. I'm blessed.
In doing this, I also sadly think of many of the errant and misguided folk, some who erroneously calling themselves Muslims, need to reflect on the authenticity and veritable premise of the Holy Qur'an's meaning and purpose given to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Islam and its fasting month are not charades, and to those engaged in trying to hijack the religion, I say boldly, during this Ramadan and for always, that I hope that you realize that instigating chaotic mischief, wanton killings and the taking of innocent lives has nothing to do with the immaculate teachings of Islam, which inherently implies submission to peace, respect for all and the ultimate belief that there's nothing worthy of worship except the Creator Alone, or God (Alone).
That's why reading the Holy Qur'an, praying and fasting, especially in Ramadan, has such a chilling affect on my soul, as I do believe it has on other like minded peace-seeking submitters in Islam worldwide. There's so much astuteness in the Muslims' holy book that, in it, there's no doubt for the unbiased seeker of intelligence and wisdom to learn from it.
ALLAH states in the Holy Qur'an in Surah 3, verse 18,"ALLAH is witness that there is no God but Him, and (so do) the angels and men of knowledge, maintaining justice. There is no God but Him (Alone), the Mighty, the Wise." For me and others who believe that nothing that is created by the Creator Alone in any shape, matter or form is God, the Holy Qur'an in all of its miraculous clarity reminds of this cardinal ground rule of the Creator Alone's oneness and singleness. Give no partners to God.
If you are a non-Muslim with ties to other holy texts, I politely ask you to check out Deuteronomy 6:4-5 and Mark 12:29-30 in the Bible. It should put you in a God Alone mind-set, if you're not there already, without destroying a pure relationship with Creator Alone of everything and everyone. Think about that! No, I mean really think about it.
That's what fasting, praying and reading the Holy Qur'an during Ramadan does for me, and I'm sure it does the same for the rest of the believers in Al-Islam. It has nothing to do with mere dieting or any other bogus anti-Islamic misconceptions about the month of Ramadan's in depth spiritual meanings.
In short, Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is what it is and more. Its disciplined impact is too influential for me to describe loosely. It's purifying for soul, cleansing for my mind and enriching for my spirit. To the global Muslims everywhere, in advance of the fasting month's culmination, I respectfully offer, "'Eid Mubarak" (Blessings of the Celebrations) to one and all, and that's, "As I See It."