By Ishola Balogun
Twenty days gone now in the month of Ramadan! How much has Ramadan affected you positively and how have you adjusted to the requirements of the month? What have you been doing that you would not want to do again? Would you like to continue doing what you always do in Ramadan? It is indeed a time for stock-taking.
The remaining nine or 10 days could help to either consolidate on these areas or help to change them for good. Fasting in Ramadan can, in fact, be the perfect time to cut down on food in-take and bad habits like lying, back-biting, cheating, among other vices. Muslims are expected to be better persons at the end of this month. That is why the Prophet adviced that this month must not pass without Muslims seeking forgiveness of sins from Almighty Allah and turning out to be a better person. Therefore, a re-appraisal is necessary at this junction. Fasting during this month is a way to protect you from evil and learn patience, humility and control. It is also considered to be a shield against evil and allows Muslims to get rid of their sins. The Prophet (S.A.W.) said: “Whoever fasts during the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah will have all of his previous sins forgiven.”
One important benefit of fasting is that it helps you to understand the suffering and pain of the poor. It also allows human beings to understand how those who do not have enough money for a meal survive through the day. Therefore, it is believed that fasting makes individual a better person as it allows them to associate with the pain of others. No fasting Muslim will observe the Ramadan fast very well, keeping all the dictates, will remain the same. It will no doubt leave us a better person both physically and spiritually. Besides, the Prophet (S.A.W.) was reported by Bukhari that Allah said: “The Fast is for Me and I will give the reward for it, as he (the one who observes the fast) leaves his sexual desire, food and drink for My Sake. Fasting is a screen (from hell), and there are two moments of pleasure (moments of happiness or joys) for a fasting person: one at the time of breaking his fast and the other at the time when he will meet his Lord.