Allah says in the Quran, the purpose of fasting for us was to gain one very important ingredient, that ingredient being taqwa. Amazing! Isn’t it amazing to see that the actual purpose of fasting is not the hunger or thirst, but rather to gain something far more important.
Taqwa comes from the root word wa-qa-ya which means to protect, or safeguard yourself from an opposing harm. In the case of the shari’a it means to protect ourselves from anger and punishment of Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala. Thus the purpose of fasting and the purpose of Ramadan, is to safeguard ourselves from the punishment of Allah. The critical element is to use the month as a means build better habits that are pleasing to Allah and specifically to use the month to purify our hearts and souls of the evil habits we have. This is taqwa, to stay away from the harmful habits that will bring about the punishment of Allah.
So now, even though it may be beneficial to do extra good deeds in the month, and it is highly encouraged to do so. It’s highly encouraged to read Quran, give in charity, go for taraweeh, build relationships, all these things are highly recommended in the month. However, what may even be more important is working hard to stay away from our evil habits. To work hard for 30 days to rid ourselves of the backbiting, the lying, the cheating, the arrogance, the showing off, the jealousy, the greed, etc and to humble ourselves to the Creator.
I feel as though we look beyond struggling against those harmful habits in this month and concentrate only on doing more good deeds. Let’s truly make this Ramadan beneficial for our lives and let’s live up to it’s purpose. Select 2-3 bad habits and work on reducing them in this month.
Wishing you all the best this Ramadan 🙂