Day 27: Time for self re-appraisal, repentance

Day 27: Time for self re-appraisal, repentance

Twenty seven days gone now in the month of Ramadan!

How much has Ramadan affected you positively and how have you adjusted to the requirements of the month? What have you been doing that you would not want to do again? Would you like to continue doing what you always do in Ramadan? It is indeed a rewarding time.

Muslims are expected to be better persons at the end of this month. That is why the Prophet advised that this month must not pass without Muslims seeking forgiveness of sins from Almighty Allah and turning out to be better persons. Therefore, a re-appraisal is necessary at this junction.

Fasting during this month is a way to protect you from evil and learn patience, humility and control over sensual and sexual desires. It is also considered to be a shield against evil and allows Muslims to get rid of sinful acts. The Prophet (S.A.W.) said: "Whoever fasts during the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah will have all of his previous sins forgiven." So, we can say that with some degree of certainty that we are a new born, we have been cleansed of our sins and we should henceforth refrain from sins, maintain that status, help the needy Muslims and make the society better.

One important benefit of fasting is that it helps you to understand the suffering and pain of the poor. It also allows human beings to understand how those who do not have enough money for a meal survive through the day. Therefore, it is believed that fasting makes individual a better person as it allows them to associate with the pain of others. No fasting Muslim will observe the Ramadan fast very well, keeping all the dictates and remain the same. It will no doubt leave us a better person both physically and spiritually.

Besides, the Prophet (S.A.W.) was reported by Bukhari that Allah said: "The Fast is for Me and I will give the reward for it, as he (the one who observes the fast) leaves his sexual desire, food and drink for My Sake. Fasting is a screen (from hell), and there are two moments of pleasure (moments of happiness or joys) for a fasting person: one at the time of breaking his fast and the other at the time when he will meet his Lord. And the smell of the mouth of a fasting person is better in Allah's Sight than the smell of musk."

The angels keep praying to Allah to forgive the fasting Muslims until they break their fast; Allah dangles Paradise every day saying to it 'My righteous slaves are about to be comforted of their burdens and sufferings and enter you. May Allah you and I among those who will dwell in Paradise.


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