The Sweetness of Fasting in Ramadan

Sweetness of Fasting in Ramadan

       The Sweetness of Fasting in Ramadan. Muslims around the world anticipate the arrival of the holiest month of the year. During Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims from all continents unite in a period of fasting and spiritual reflection.

O you who believe! fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may guard (against evil). (QS.Al-Baqarah : 183)

        For a certain number of days; but whoever among you is sick or on a journey, then (he shall fast) a (like) number of other days; and those who are not able to do it may effect a redemption by feeding a poor man; so whoever does good spontaneously it is better for him; and that you fast is better for you if you know. (QS. Al-Baqarah : 184)

        The month of Ramadan is that in which the Qur’an was revealed, a guidance to men and clear proofs of the guidance and the distinction; therefore whoever of you is present in the month, he shall fast therein, and whoever is sick or upon a journey, then (he shall fast) a (like) number of other days; Allah desires ease for you, and He does not desire for you difficulty, and (He desires) that you should complete the number and that you should exalt the greatness of Allah for His having guided you and that you may give thanks. (QS. Al-Baqarah : 185)

        The annual fast of Ramadan is considered one of the five “pillars” of Islam. Muslims who are physically able are required to fast each day of the entire month, from sunrise to sunset. The evenings are spent enjoying family and community meals, engaging in prayer and spiritual reflection, and reading from the Qur’an.

        Here I want to share a poem entitled “The Sweetness of Fasting in Ramadan” related to do fasting in Ramadan month.

The Sweetness of Fasting in Ramadan

There’s a hidden sweetness

in the stomach’s emptiness.

We are lutes, no more, no less.

If the sound box is stuffed

full of anything, no music.

If the brain and the belly

are burning clean with fasting,

every moment a new song

comes out of the fire.

The fog clears, and a new

energy makes you run up the

steps in front of you.

Be emptier and cry like

reed instruments cry.

Emptier, write secrets with

the reed pen.

When you’re full of food and drink,

satan sits where your

spirit should, an ugly metal

statue in place of the Kaaba.

When you fast, good habits gather

like friends who want to help.

Fasting is Solomon’s ring.

Don’t give it to some illusion

and lose your power.

But even if you’ve lost all

will and control, they come

back when you fast,

like soldiers appearing out

of the ground, pennants

flying above them…

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