Points to Ponder in Ramadan

Points to Ponder in Ramadan

A person might contemplate during Ramadan upon numerous subjects. He should reflect upon his affairs, his final abode, and what is awaiting him, as regards his departure to Allah The Almighty. He can also contemplate over his morals and evil aspects, in the hope of getting rid of the latter; his acts of worship in which he was negligent and which were filled with doubts and passing thoughts, which kept him far from Allah The Almighty, and from having good private talk with Him. He can contemplate about standing in front of Him; what mends his own self and final abode, and what causes him to know and have love for his Lord The Almighty.

A believer should reflect upon the Names and Attributes of Allah; and his standing to his Lord on the Day the people would stand to the Lord of the Worlds. If one reflects upon the Names and Attributes of Allah, his living and final abode, his departure, death and grave, his resurrection and standing in front of Allah The Almighty, the evil of his own soul, and the deficiencies of his actions and provision, undoubtedly his reflection would cause him to increase in faith and refrain from disobedience. It would enable him to endure the difficulty of striving against the evil he is suffering from, remember the grave, death and accounting, and remember the terrors and standing in front of Allah The Almighty. All of this would be a motive for him to hasten to Allah The Almighty, to keep away from sins, fear Allah The Almighty, do his best and strive to excel in worship and obedience, and persist in thinking of what returns upon him with good in his worldly life and his final abode.
As for the remembrance of Allah The Almighty, if one devotes himself to it, he will be in the same state mentioned by Allah The Almighty Who Says (what means): {So remember Me; I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me.} [Quran 2:152] Among the benefits of one's leaving his food and drink (in fasting) is to realize this state. Is it appropriate that one realizes this during his day, and when he breaks his fast, he gives up meditation and remembrance of Allah The Almighty? I mean those high ranks that represent the origin of the knowledge of and love for Allah The Almighty. Once he reflects upon the names and attributes of Allah The Almighty, he affirms the Oneness of his Lord, loves Him, fears Him, has hope in Him, supplicates Him, draws near Him, and makes his share from Allah The Almighty the most important priority for him in the world and the Hereafter.
You need this meaning today and after Ramadan, otherwise, what would you do if your days pass and you return to your old state, and the month of Ramadan gets over without getting any of that?
The next meaning is to make substantial contributions to increasing the sustenance for the poor and needy. It is one of the traces of Taqwa (consciousness of Allah The Almighty). It is your share (of good) which you should be keen to obtain, to give out of your property to the poor and needy, for the sake of Allah The Almighty. Make hunger and thirst a reminder for you of those who have long been suffering from hunger and thirst, support your brethren and the righteous slaves of Allah The Almighty, and honor and bring about pleasure upon them. All of this is among the best deeds mentioned by the Messenger of Allah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ). That was his state in Ramadan. He was the most generous of all people, and he used to be at the pinnacle of his generosity in the month of Ramadan, when Jibreel (Gabriel), may Allah exalt his mention, would teach him the Quran. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
To conclude those benefits, let us say that fasting, standing (at night in prayer), remembrance of Allah The Almighty and reduction of food, drink and desire in Ramadan break the soul's voracity, greediness, wrongness and transgression. This is one of the most important reasons that make one submit to his Lord and increase in piety.
The human soul inclines to transgression, errors, arrogance, laziness, idleness and sleep -- it holds all things dear. This is why fasting is one of the greatest means to break the destructive desires of the soul for the sake of Allah The Almighty, whereby it becomes submissive, humble, reassured and devout. It hastens to obedience and seeks forgiveness, humbles and submits itself to Allah The Almighty, and the heart and the physical organs respond to His love and obedience, and refrain from disobedience to Him.

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