Jul
24
2012

The wisdom behind Sawm (fasting)

In the Name of Allah the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Definition of Sawm (fasting):

The definition of Sawm in Arabic dictionary is: “to refrain from”. There are people who perform Sawm from speaking, others perform Sawm from moving, and there are people who perform Sawm from eating and drinking, and this is the meaning of fasting from the language point of view. However, there is a religious definition of the word “Sawm”, and the meaning of Sawm in terms of religion is to leave eating, drinking, and all that which break fasting, from true dawn, till sun set, accompanied with the intention of performing Sawm, for intention is necessary basic element of Sawm’s elements.

The wisdom behind fasting:

1- To feel that we are in need of Allah

The first wisdom is to feel that we are in need of Allah. We are prevented from eating and drinking, there is no prohibition on days other than in the month of Ramadan, so when you feel hungry and thirsty you realize that you are a servant of Allah, and you are in need of a sip of water. Actually, the more you feel that you need Allah, the more will Allah raise your station.

2- Loyalty to Allah

Fast convinces us that we are loyal to Allah (we are doing righteous deeds only for His sake ) because no law of the world will call you to account if you eat during the day in Ramadan. It is specifically related to the deen. You may come home ( while you are fasting) feeling extremely thirsty, while there is cold water in the refrigerator, and there is no one else in the house, i.e. no one is watching you, nevertheless you never put a drop of water in your mouth (because you believe that Allah watches you).

3- Fasting strengthens the will

Fasting strengthens the will, i.e. if you avoid permissible things during the days of Ramadan, that is all the more reason to abandon the illicit ones. you go against the very bases of the spirit of Ramadhan when you refrain from eating and drinking, nevertheless you lie; you go against the very bases of the spirit of Ramadhan when you refrain from eating and drinking, nevertheless you fill your eyes with the beauty of a woman who is not permitted to you; you go against the very bases of the spirit of Ramadhan when you refrain from eating and drinking, nevertheless you swear a false oath while buying or selling!!
Actually, when Allah deprives you of the licit during your fast, that is all the more reason to abandon the illicit. It seems as if Allah wanted to strengthen your will and your determination in this noble month.

4- To experience the situation of the poor

Allah wants us to experience the situation of the poor. In fact, you either face the reality or perceive it by your mind, and there is a big difference between the two cases. Just for clarification, if a friend of yours had a quarrel with his wife and consequently she has left home and went to her parent’s house, you’ve got a notion that your friend’s wife has abandoned him. Your own wife is at home (you have a successful marriage), your food is ready, your children are well looked after, their food is good, their clothes are clean, all your needs are taken care of, and your house is clean. So you do not live the reality of being without a wife, but you realize that your friend’s wife has left him. Thus, perceiving reality is totally different from experiencing it. As the saying goes:
No one knows the feeling of yearning except who has experienced it; and no one knows the burning love except who has experienced it.

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds

Prepared by: Noora Al Sharabi

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