By: Shadab Bashir
For a normal Muslim, fasting in the month of Ramadan whether for 16 hours or 20 hours of a day under a scorching heat can be difficult but should be manageable because Allah does not burden any human being more than his capacity.
Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“And We do not lay on any soul a burden except to the extent of its ability, and with Us is a book which speaks the truth, and they shall not be dealt with unjustly.” (23:62)
And as far as Kashmir is concerned, we have tremendously beautiful climate in summer, but only when we compare it with other parts of the world, where mercury touches 45-50 degree celsius mark and humidity exhaust people even in normal days.
It is a bonus, boon and blessing for those who welcome it wholeheartedly and repent with complete sincerity in front of their lord. And with Allah’s will, no blazing sun or blistering heat waves can deviate a Muslim, whose heart is engulfed with fire of faith, from fasting in long duration days of Ramadaan.
In Ramadan, lots of people can be seen doing good deeds but are we ready to endorse them apart from Ramadan also. We can see people coming in hordes towards masjids, giving money in charity, refrain from music, in this blessed month, but where goes that enthusiasm after sighting the crescent of Eid. When will we realize praying five times a day is obligatory not only in Ramadaan but throughout the life.
Ramadaan is a wonderful period for a person to change his or her inner nature and transform it for the betterment of his or her here and hereafter. There are few Hadiths according to which in the month of Ramadaan, the devils are put in chains, and a caller cries out each night, O seeker of good, proceed, O seeker of evil, desist.
So let us all take this opportunity to introspect, recognize and rebuild our Imaan with strong foundation.