By Afshan Zahra
Many routine activities which are permitted in everyday life whole year round becomes prohibited in the 9th month of the Islamic calendar which is Ramadan: the month of blessings and forgiveness .Even eating and drinking are also forbidden from dawn to dusk. So people find a really easy solution to spend all day long: they sleep. No doubt, fasting becomes easier when you sleep and it does not even abrogate or invalidate fast but I believe it makes us lose the real flavor and essence of fasting. This practice of sleeping is more noticeable in men than in women as they spend their time preparing and experimenting on new and innovative dishes for Iftar but men, they usually consider that by fasting they are doing a great favor upon Allah and their religion so they opt for the deep sleeps in their air conditioned rooms. After waking up, their focus is on mere food prepared for Iftar and demand lavish preparation of Iftar table. This new trend which has been set up now in Pakistani houses is making us forget the true spirit of Islam gradually.
Fasting means to stay up and feel the hunger and thirst of those who starve all the time and those who do not even have a single meal in a day. It means to realize the importance of rizq(the food) that we get thrice a day. It means to be grateful to Allah for his countless and infinite blessings.
Even if you fast for a whole year, with your ultimate focus on food and sleep ,I guarantee that you will never be able to understand the true purpose of fast nor will you be able to feel the eternal peace that fasting is meant to provide.
Ramadan is the month of forgiveness(Maghfirah) and all doors of Allah’s mercy are wide opened during this time of the year so try to seek maximum repentance of your sins by involving yourself in the recitation of Holy Quran, praying and additional supplications, especially those recommended for this sacred month. Your prayers will increase the level of proximity you share with Allah(SWT).