The blessed month of Ramadan is back. It is the light with which we can find our way to worship, guidance and purity of body and soul for a complete month. Fasting began since the beginning of creation when Adam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to fast three days per month; the days where the moon is full, and that are known to Muslims as White Days.
Thus, he fasted a total of 36 days per year. Some scholars interpreted it as a fast of repentance after he had been out of Paradise. Noah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) followed Adam in his way of fasting; it was named a fast of thankfulness for surviving the Great Flood. Regarding David (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), he used to fast every other day, a total of 182 days a year.
It was the best way of fasting as Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings of Allah be upon him once said. Ibrahim (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) followed Adam in his way of fasting. As for Suleiman (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), he used to fast nine days a month; three of the initial days, three of the middle and three of the last ones. Moreover, Moses (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) fasted thirty following days eating nothing at all, pursuing that with fasting other ten days. However, Mary (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), as a way of fasting, only gave up talking to people, as mentioned in the Holy Qur’an.
Fasting the month of Ramadan was imposed on Muslims in the second year of the Hijrah. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to fast for a month every year before revelation. After the mission he was asked to do, he started to fast on Monday and Thursday every week as well as he fasted the White Days as Adam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did before. He, in addition, had fasted Ramadan nine times before he passed away.
Almighty Allah explained in his holy book the merit of this month as it is the month in which the Holy Qur’an was revealed, the doors of Paradise are open and those of Hell are shut, and the devils are shackled. In this month, He blesses Muslims with the Night of Power, in which sins are forgiven, and angels roam among the Muslims all the night long.
As mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, this night is better than a thousand months. So, blessed is he who fasts this blessed month, asks more for forgiveness in it, and obtains Allah’s remission, grace, and mercy.
The power of the Creator is apparently presented on the first few days of Ramadan when the effect of fasting shows on the Muslim as if there is an excellent relationship between the sense of hunger and thirst, and the spiritual longing the fasting person has for the sake of purifying his soul by staying away from sinning, and by submission, worshiping, thankfulness, and asking for mercy. He restores his human sentiments and the tolerance recommended by our religion, increases his love to his Muslim brothers, his parents, and relatives, and feels the poor as well as help them. Fasting indeed purifies the soul and replaces its darkness with great light.
And then come the last ten nights of Ramadan at which people reside in the mosques and do more acts of worship along with exploring the Night of Power. The soul lights up when the worshiper corners himself to worship the One Creator away from any contact with others so that Ramadan would leave him but enveloped with mercy and dipped in joy and happiness. May Almighty Allah forgive us all and wrap us in His grace and adequate mercy.