“O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous” (2:183)
I have heard this verse many times in my life in regards to Ramadan. I always thought it meant that fasting the month would please Allah. That was my definition of piety, following Allah’s commands. However, the actual word in Arabic is taqwa which can be better translated as God consciousness. When we fast, we are submitting our basic needs to the commands of Allah as to when we can fulfill them. During the day, we are more aware of bodily needs and how weak we actually are. We cannot survive that long without water and not much longer without food. We are conscious that our needs are fulfilled by our Lord. We should be conscious that our bodies are a trust from our Lord and we need to nourish it with pure food and drinks and take care of it to better fulfill Allah’s commands. We should be conscious of the words that our tongues are uttering, are we using it for our ultimate good? We should be conscious of the actions our hands are taking, are we reaching out to help others? We should be conscious as to how we spend our time, are we remembering our Lord or are we wasting these precious days of Ramadan watching movies or YouTube? The ultimate goal of satan is to make us forget our Lord. Let’s make it a goal to remember our Lords’ favors and carry on our good deeds from this month throughout the year inshallah.