Ramaḍān and Taqwā (Piety)

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

It’s Sunday 26th April 2020. Today’s subject is ‘Ramaḍān and Taqwā (Piety)’.

As mentioned in my message dated 25th April, Ramaḍān has a special connection with fasting. The Holy QurꜤān mentions that the purpose of fasting is to create ‘Taqwā’ inside you. The definition of ‘Taqwā’ is vast. Broadly, it means being God conscious at all times and having the fear of God.

When we fast, many things which were lawful for us become unlawful. Outside Ramaḍān, it is lawful to eat and drink. However, in Ramaḍān, these lawful actions become unlawful. The fast teaches us discipline.

If a fasting person wants to eat or drink secretly without anyone knowing, they have many opportunities. But, no! No fasting person would ever do that. Why? Because Almighty Allāh is watching. The fear of The Almighty is there.

When we abstain from lawful activities like eating and drinking then, without a shadow of doubt, we should most definitely refrain from activities that are unlawful anyway, Ramaḍān or no Ramaḍān

Staying away from all kinds of sins, major and minor, should be our goal, not just in Ramaḍān but outside Ramaḍān as well. However, moreso in Ramaḍān. Whenever your heart desires to commit a sin, stop, reflect, and contemplate: 

  • My Creator is watching me
  • I will have to answer to Him on the Day of Judgement
  • How embarrassing will it be for me if my sins are exposed on the Day of Judgement in front of all of humanity

The fast should serve as a shield to protect us and keep us away from sins. May Almighty Allāh grant us all Taqwā and help us to keep away from sins, in Ramaḍān and outside Ramaḍān, Āmeen.

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وَالسَّلَامُ Hanif Dudhwala