Fasting in the month of Ramadan is not just a kind of annual custom. It is a living creative process. Fasting is related to the entire life of human being, the aims of which is to make man’s life a fasting oriented life.
The reality of fasting is to put a curb on desire. In one hadith (prophet statement) this is referred to as ‘renouncing one desire’. Food and water are the basic needs of man. Sleep and rest are also need of man. During the month of fasting there are restrictions to these essentials needs by compulsion. This training inculcates in man the capability to restrain his desires willingly so that he consciously leads a disciplined life.
There is a 50: 50 ratio in all the action man has to perform in life. That is 50% of the action require abstaining from somethings and the other 50%acting on somethings. In the Islamic creed ‘there is no other God, comes before there is one God’.
Symbolically speaking position of fasting in human life is a kin to the brakes in engine. Brakes keep the engine of a vehicle in control so that the journey can be completed successfully. If there is no brake in the engine the vehicle will unable to function effectively. This is described in last revelation of the lord that is Quran in chapter number 2 verse number183:
Transliteration: “O those people who attain faith in almighty God fast is prescribe on you as it was prescribe for those before you in this way you may become conscious with the presence of your lord”.
The same in the case of fasting in the life of believers, man should accord the place of brakes to fasting in his life so that he may travel successfully on the path of God, the fasting of that person is true for whom fasting is like applying brakes on the things forbidden by God.
Fasting is also a way of experiencing hunger and developing sympathy for the less fortune, poor, beggar who does not get a single meal properly. In this way it is learning to thankfulness and appreciation for all of God’s bounties. Fasting is also beneficial to the health and provides a break in the cycle of rigid habits or overindulgence.
‘Wish you a very happy Ramadan’