The Behavior of a Muslim in Ramadan

on Saturday, August 3, 2013

In the holy month of Ramadan, every Muslim does his best to achieve forgiveness and blessing from Allah. Good deeds are at their peak during the month of Ramadan some which are charity, family visits and maintain a good behavior towards others being Muslims or non-Muslims.

Ibn-al-Qayyim while preparing for the holy month of Ramadan commented on one of the following Hadith: “God enjoins upon you the fast. Indeed, the likeness of that is as a man carrying a sack-full of musk in a crowd of people, all of them reveling in its fragrance. The breath of someone fasting is more fragrant to God than the smell of musk.”

The prophet uses images of a person carrying a musk hidden in a sack from view, hidden behind his clothes, as most of the people follow this practice while carrying the mask. Similarly, fast can never be seen with an eye and it cannot be perceived, as well. The person who is observing fast must follow the requirements of fast like the limbs should desist from all the sins, a person should not be lying, bad language should not be used. Not only the person observing fast is not allowed to have any food, drink and sexual intercourse but also he is not allowed to be rude or hurt others. Whatever person speaks it should not violate his fast; all of the acts should also be in limits.

Whatever he speaks should be productive and good, as well as his activities. It’s just like the cologne whose smell can be felt while sitting next to the carrier of the musk. If someone is observing fast then a person sitting next to a fasting person must get the benefit, like one should be safe from all the false deeds.

There is a complete logic behind fasting. Fasting is like having a practice in which you are to avoid doing all the wrongs. It’s all about self-control by an individual and making the life in accordance with the orders of Allah. Fasting makes an individual get used to those practices that enable him to be on a right track in life. The fasting which is suggested or approved by the sacred law, it’s not just stopping from eating and drinking food.

Hence, one sound hadith has it: ‘Perhaps a fasting person gains nothing from his fast except hunger and thirst.’ True fasting, then, is when a Muslim abstains from sin and the stomach from food and drink.

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