Monday, August 22, 2011

Ramadan a gift from God to grow our souls

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Peace be upon you,

Ramadan, the month of fasting, comes to a close at the end of August. Currently, we are in the period referred to in the Quran as the “Last ten nights” (Quran 89:2, 2:187). Many submitters to God (Muslims) use this time to remember God frequently, commemorate His name, and meditate on God. Even if we cannot spend the ten nights in retreat, God gives us the Night of Destiny as a yet another opportunity to stay up all night and meditate on His name (17:79, 50:40, 20:130, 39:9, 26:218, 73:1-6, 73:20, 76:26).

[Quran 17:79-80] During the night, you shall meditate for extra credit, that your Lord may raise you to an honorable rank. And say, "My Lord, admit me an honorable admittance, and let me depart an honorable departure, and grant me from You a powerful support."

Religious duties are a gift from God to us, that we may grow our souls. God provides us Ramadan as a religious practice, and consequently an opportunity for us to grow our souls. By following His commandment to fast, we place the body in service of the soul, and in submission to God. With God’s help, we also use it as a time to express our appreciation for the guidance in Quran.

[Quran 2:185] Ramadan is the month during which the Quran was revealed, providing guidance for the people, clear teachings, and the statute book. Those of you who witness this month shall fast therein. Those who are ill or traveling may substitute the same number of other days. GOD wishes for you convenience, not hardship, that you may fulfill your obligations, and to glorify GOD for guiding you, and to express your appreciation.


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