We at The Herald, joins billions of Muslims who commenced the annual mandatory Ramadan fast on Monday, in rejoicing over the onset of the Holy Month and praying that the Almighty Allah would accept our devotion and sacrifice and reward it by helping us more to make our country and the globe a better place for all.
Ramadan which is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, also marks the month in which the Holy Qur’an was revealed as a blessing and mercy to all mankind.
Fasting in the Holy Month of Ramadan, is one of the five pillars of Islam, coming after the declaration of faith, establishment of daily prayers and before obligatory alms and the once-in-a-lifetime holy pilgrimage to the House of Allah (Mecca).
It entails complete abstention from food, drink, smoke, sex, sins of the tongue, eye, ear, limbs, between dawn and dusk, all aimed at intensive purification of the heart over a 29 or 30-day period.
It is also a complete regime of physical and spiritual rejuvenation, and not just about perfunctorily starving the body of food and water during the daytime, while the regular corruption, distractions, infractions, lusts and passions are not reined in. According to a Hadith in Bukhari’s collection, “If a person does not keep away from falsehood and false conduct, Allah has no need of his fast.”
Therefore, the key objective of Ramadan fasting is to optimize God-consciousness and bring the Muslim and mankind closest to Allah, than at any other time.
Islam has delineated the benefits and rewards for each and every act of obligatory and supererogatory worship with the exception of fasting in the holy month of Ramadan. According to a saying of the Almighty Allah “Fasting is for Me (alone) and I give reward for it.”
We wish to also remind our Muslim brothers and sisters of the famous saying of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) that “There are some people who gain nothing from their fast except thirst and hunger.” Elsewhere, he mentioned five attitudes capable of invalidating the fasting. These are lying, backbiting, tale-bearing, false oath and lustfulness.
As we prepare towards the general elections in November, Ghana and its citizens, need all the beneficence, blessings and mercy of the Almighty Allah, more than at any other time.
The perfect opportunity to seek all these is at hand. May Allah enable us to offer acceptable Ramadan fast, and crown our worship with success here and hereafter.
Happy fasting to all Muslim.