The Purpose of Fasting
O you have believe, fasting is prescribed for you as it has been for those before you, so that you may attain taqwa.
(Surah No. 02, al-Baqarah, Verse No. 183)
Fasting for moral and spiritual development:
Dear brothers and sisters, fasting is a moral and spiritual Islamic attribute. The main reason behind fasting is to attain piety. After all, it is an act of worship that testifies to total submission and obedience. The hardship that the faithful endures while carrying out this obligation is insignificant in comparison with the noble objective of attaining Allah’s pleasure and the great reward in the Hereafter. Therefore, it is a special training programme designed by Allah the Almighty for our moral and spiritual development.
The necessity of “Taq’wa”:
It is necessary to have sight to benefit from the sun and in the same way it is essential to have “Taqwa” to gain guidance from the Qur’an. As the blind cannot see the sun so without Taqwa we cannot have the blessings of the Qur’an. Taqwa is the motivating force to follow the teachings of Qur’an. If the Muslims can develop the power of “Taqwa”, then the Qur’an will guide them and they will be able to achieve prosperity in life of the present world and salvation in life after death.
Taqwa is basic element for any nation:
We know that a man needs some equipment to do any work or job, for example he needs feet to walk and move. Similarly, “Taqwa” is basic element for any nation. If a nation follows the teachings of the Qur’an with Taqwa it will be successful. For the personal, social, familial, conjugal, and political and all the areas of life only “Taqwa” may play the role of a beacon light to get the key of success.
To sum up, Ramadhan is the best time for one’s spiritual growth, for souc-searching and for developing and strengthening one’s nearness with Allah. May Allah grant us the ability and strength to make most of this invaluable opportunity for doing good, for earning Allah’s pleasure.
Md. Moshiur Rahman