We are once again welcoming the blessed month of Ramadan, the month of fasting.
This month provides us an opportunity to cleanse ourselves from the worldly ailments and desires. The purpose of fasting is not simply to starve oneself and spend a hot summer day without drinking. Its true purpose is to practise self-restraint and develop and learn the feelings of fellow human beings when they have to go without food or drink.
In this blessed month if we fail to remember our brothers and sisters around the world who are facing hard times due to wars or natural spirit of fasting.
At this very moment, millions of men, women and children are facing severe drought in Africa and living in constant terror in Syria, Libya, Iraq and Gaza.
Thousands are groaning under the yoke of seemingly unending cycle of poverty in Myanmar, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and other parts of the world.
This is the month to sacrifice our own desires and try to allay the hardships of these hapless brothers and sisters of ours and help and support them in every possible manner and improve their future.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is reported to have said:
“The best charity is that given in Ramadan.” (Tirmidhi)
Holy Prophet’s (PBUH) companion Abdullah Ibn Abbas is reported to have said: “Allah’s Messenger was the most generous of all the people, and he used to reach the peak in generosity in the month of Ramadan.” (Bukhari)
The Holy Prophet (PBUH) also said: “He who feeds a fasting person will gain the same reward as he will, without decreasing from the fasting person’s rewards.” (Tirmidhi).
Allah (SWT) says in the Holy Qur’an: “Verily those who give alms be they men or women, and give Allah a beautiful loan shall be repaid after increasing it many times; and theirs shall be a generous reward.” (Surah Al-Hadid 57:18)
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