Ramadan

No change after Ramadan…not understanding its benefits

“So, why no change after Ramadan?

Don’t understand its Benefits”

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Sometimes, a person does not change after Ramadan although during Ramadan there was a discernible difference in h/her behaviour, attitude and pattern of worship. There may be a number of reasons why change is not entrenched or lasting within a person after Ramadan has finished such as:

[3] Failing to know the benefit of fasting which is not just feeling hunger and thirst. Ibn Hazm mentions in al-Muhalla: “From Maymun b. Mahran: ‘The least part of fasting is refraining from food and drink’…”[1]

وعن ميمون بن مهران : إن أهون الصوم ترك الطعام والشراب

Thus:

  • A person must know and understand that fasting is a means to controlling one’s urges, desires and passions – it is a preventative measure.
  • Fasting is a way to instill discipline and restraint in actions in order to modify behaviour.
  • Fasting is a way of drawing closer to Allah through making one submit to Allah’s orders and commands.

[1] Ibn Hazm, al-Muhalla, 4:308.

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