Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) says in the Quran, “O believers, fasting has been made compulsory upon you just as it was made compulsory upon the people before you, so that you may achieve piety”.
Imam Bukhari (رضي الله عنه) narrates the following hadith, that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) said, “He who does not abandon verbal sin neither physical sin, then there is no need for Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) that he keeps a fast”.
Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) also said, “There are many who fast but achieve nothing except for hunger and thirst”.
Before we start any training course, it is always wise to understand the aims and objectives of the course. We must ask ourselves, “why are we enrolling onto this course?” and “what will I achieve at the end?”
Society will not pass an “intellectual” verdict on one who does something without knowing why he is doing it or what he will achieve at the end. The aims and objectives of all courses are generally explained in the first pages of the course manuals/materials.
Therefore, as we prepare ourselves and accept the command of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) to undergo the month long training of worshiping Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) by fasting during the days and standing in Salah during the night, it becomes necessary upon us to fully understand the aims and objectives of our fast. There is no need for a Scholar or a Mufti to explain this to us, as Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) & his Messenger (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) have explained very clearly, in plain Arabic, that the aims of this training course are to gain & excel in piety and learn how to abandon all acts of evil; both verbal or physical.
So, let us welcome and start the month of Ramadhan by understanding the aims and objectives of fasting, so that by the end of the month we can acquire the spiritual power to be able to say “NO” to committing sins. If you can achieve this, you will have achieved a lot, however if you don’t, then it is only hunger & thirst that you will achieve.
May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) give us all the strength to maximise the benefits of Ramadhan.
Checked & Approved by Molana Mohamed Aadil Saleh (Bradford, UK)