RAMADHAN : Not Just A Month Of Fasting , Are We Ready?
In less than a week before ramadhan starts, How do we feel? Excited? Happy? Sad? Or do not feel anything? Some people might be feeling excited because the month that they’ve been waiting for is coming sooner. Some won’t be feeling anything because fasting is just a part of being a Muslim. What is so exciting about it? And some might be feeling sad because they cannot eat during the day which usually happen among children, who knows nothing about Ramadhan than just a fasting month.
Well, the feeling does not indicate anything. The preparation that really matters. People will start buying or ordering ‘baju raya’ (new clothes for eid) and ‘kuih raya’ (cookies for eid) 2-3 months before ramadhan even starts. But hey, how about ramadhan??
History of Ramadhan
Before fasting during ramadhan was introduced, Rasulullah s.a.w and the companions used to fast for certain number of days and whoever were sick or on a journey and enable to fast, they have 2 options. Whether make up the fast OR , feed the poor. Then , after fasting during ramadhan was introduced, all of the muslims must be fasting for 30 days during the month and if we could’nt make it, we have NO CHOICE other than make up the fast accordingly. This is based on surah Al-Baqarah, verse 184-185.
When this verse was revealed, it was during summer season. So Rasulullah and the companions were having their first ramadhan during summer and yet Allah said “This is easy for you” in verse 185. Normal people would think how it can be easy to fast during summer, in hot sunny days where you’ll always feel dehydrated, easily tired, thirsty, drenched in sweat and so on.
Now refer to verse 183.
Allah has said “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may become the righteous (people of taqwa)”. So, in order to be people of taqwa, the believers, we have to fast. And with taqwa, Allah will make our life easier HERE AFTER, which means the jannah ( heaven) .
Ramadhan; the month of Holy Al-Quran
Al-Quran was first introduced during Ramadhan, “The month of Ramadhan is that in which the Quran was revealed, a guidance to men and clear proofs of the guidance and the distinction…” If we refer to surah Al-Baqarah verse 2, Allah said
“This Book (Al-Quran), there is no doubt in it, is a guide to the righteous (people of taqwa). So, this Al-Quran is for those people of taqwa who had gain the taqwa by fasting! Isn’t it beautiful how Allah had arrange His words? And this is why ramadhan is a very special month.
Put on our shoes and starts RUNNING!
Now, we have to prepare ourselves in order to maximise our good deeds during ramadhan. Start with reading al-quran more frequently. If we usually read half page or one page per day, try to increase the number of pages day by day. By this we can prepare ourselves to finish at least one chapter (juz) per day in order to finish reading the whole al-quran in one month. Some of us might have difficulty to finish one page per day. Do not give up. The intention really counts and make du’a so that Allah will help us to read al-quran better day by day.
Try to fast before ramadhan in order to train ourselves so that we will get used to it during ramadhan. So, no more tired, weak and I-cannot-do-anything-because-I-am-fasting face! We also can prepare new clothes for ramadhan to make ramadhan more exciting. Sleep early and wake up early so we can utilise our early mornings with qiyamullail. Other than that, we also can study productively during that time as Allah has mentioned in surah al-muzammil verse 6,
“Indeed, the hours of the night are more effective for concurrence (of heart and tongue) and more suitable for words”.
Make a list of what we want to achieve in ramadhan, so we will not miss anything. Write in a piece of paper and put it on a place where you and other people can see. Not to showing off or anything. If we forget or missing out something, other people can remind us! Last but not least, make lots of du’a. May Allah grant us a very good and blessing ramadhan this year and hopefully this Ramadhan will be better than our previous ramadhan insha Allah.
Ramadhan Mubarak (in advance) everyone!
Dr Farhana Binti Ahmad Tarmizi ,
Intern Of Kasturba Medical College(KMC) , Mangalore,
Deputy of Recruitment Exco ISMA-India 2015 .