Thursday, September 13, 2007,2:24 am
Fasting: A Divine Banquet

Allah, The Exalted sent messengers and prophets as blessings to humankind, to take them out of the labyrinths of uncertainty and aimlessness, guide them to the right path and inspire in them a virtuous life, which ultimately will be of benefit in the world to come. Allah forbade mankind nothing except that which would bring certain harm; and He enjoined nothing except that which is of benefit both in this present world and the hereafter.

As part of His unbounded grace, the All Wise has enjoined the month of fasting as an obligation on all those who profess to be Moslems. Hence, fasting during Ramadhan could very well be described as Allah's banquet. It is among the wonderful aspects of Islam, which build human character and personality, and help mould social life.

A fasting Moslem experiences the aesthetic pleasure of Allah's proximity and the joy of divine blessings. The feeling thus instils the will in believers to lead a life of content, filled with remembrance of Allah and ever responsive to His command.

A Moslem who fasts, experiences feelings of great spirituality and a profound sense of exaltation. He is sure of himself and is confident of moving towards perfection, because he consciously musters all his senses to direct his powerful will to serve and please his Creator.

The benefits of fasting are not confined to one's inner self alone, but also have social effects in influencing the community as an integrated whole. A fasting community enjoys all the comforts and pleasures resulting from obedience to the Almighty Allah. Society consequently consolidates itself directing its energies towards constructive public welfare. The members of such a society feel a sense of responsibility towards each other, characterized by mutual cooperation and kindness. It is a society, which asserts its supremacy over the mundane world of matter, and feels proud of its adherence to spiritual values.

Fasting, therefore, is a duty of many benefits. It strengthens in the individual and society the will to resist temptation and defy the forces of evil, injustice and deviation. A believer's soul, having tasted the pleasures of fasting, will never submit to other than Allah, and will never
entertain the idea of worshipping other than Him.

May Allah gives us the ability to make best use of this blessed month and may He elevate our souls through our good deeds and may our prayers be accepted in this blessed month Inshallah
posted by Ya_Baqiyatullah
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