It is hard to understand when all you know is comfort of the body, but the taste of faith and the fulfillment of the heart is sweeter and more satisfying than anything the tongue has relished. It is the reason that so many Muslims smile while feeling the physical discomfort of fasting.
Compassion dictates that Muslims should share in each other’s joys and sorrows. When a Muslim learns of something good that has befallen another, it is an occasion to rejoice. Likewise, the pain of Muslims anywhere in the world who have been stricken by tragedy should be felt.
If you concentrate on developing a relationship with God and the Quran, rules and regulations will seem like the natural way to act. You will see that the rules are actually guidance from the One that knows human kind best, the Creator Himself.
Ramadan in the U.S. is a wonderful, special time as communities across the U.S. come together to rejuvenate their faith. Aside from its individual, spiritual benefits, it brings people together. This is an arduous task to achieve in a busy, materialistic society as the U.S.
We must examine ourselves during Ramadan and ask: What is my role – and each of us has a role – in helping this precious Ummah to regain its honor, and return to the Ummah its comprehensive unity and strength, and victory that has been promised to it?
Regularly reading the Quran is best supplemented by some instruction, and taking a class at a masjid, with a visiting scholar, or even a class online can all help boost your faith. In fact, seeking knowledge is part of our Islamic tradition.
Charity is an obligation, but it is also an opportunity given to each of us. Whether we are giving or receiving, Allah has put us in these positions because He is trying to refine us and make us better people, to perfect our manners, to gain empathy, to gain humility, to soften our hearts.
When we are trying to negotiate with each other, we should speak fairly; and if one spouse inclines towards a peaceful resolution following a dispute, it is the other’s duty to also incline towards peace
The responsibility falls upon the existing Muslim community to lend a helping hand to new Muslims, who are making a huge transition into their lives for the better.
When the Quran is being recited and/or explained, do you want to immediately quell all other noises, distractions, and activities to listen in, attentively and keenly? Or do you start feeling panicked and cornered, or bored, frantically wanting to change the topic...
One reason my first Ramadan was so special was that I never broke my fast alone, and I was only at home for iftar twice. Every other night we were either invited somewhere (or I tagged along), or else we went to the masjid, where always at least a few sisters were breaking their fast.