Realizing the Philosophy of Fasting.

originally published at Salam Shalom Media:

The blessed month of Ramadan is going on and every Muslim has a desire to get some benefit out of it. It is a blessed month with the philosophy of making someone who fasts become more pious. In addition, create a sense and feeling for all those who deprive of all those luxurious food and grandiose drinks that we have. Even there are many who have a meal but still have fear weather they will be able to get the next one or not, and there are many who have no other choice than drinking mud water as clean water is not available. At the time when we have strong hunger pangs and feel like all the water inside our body has vanished we  feel for those not so fortunate people and at that time we realise that how blessed we are.
I always claim to be the student of life- each day, each hour, and each moment is a chapter and lesson to me. I try to learn new things from everything I experience. Every Ramadan I try to learn something new that can bring a positive change in me. This year I had the experience that I never had before. yesterday my phone battery got dead, unfortunately I am among the technology dependant class of humans and this dependency made me to skip Sehar (the meal before Dawn for the purpose of fasting) woke up at 5 when time bashed me with a defeat that it has promised to all those who don’t care for it.
Started making many plans like drink little water and then respect the month whole day, it was an easy way that I rejected after an argument with myself. There were two reasons for that, one is that fasting is my favourite kind of worship, and second is the eagerness to experience and learn something from Roza e Nihar (I am sorry I could not find out Arabic term for it if anyone knows it please increase my knowledge). I capitalised the dinner I had and that one glass of water that I had previous night.
Kept myself busy whole day in reading things, doing some academic work, watched documentaries and many other things I normally do while fasting or the things that are part of a Muslim life. Day went well and the time came when I was about to break my first ever Roza e Nihar (fast without dawn meal) and I was feeling the happiness that Allah has promised to the one who fasts.
At that time I was thinking what I have learnt from this day, I felt for all those who cannot enjoy blessings that I have access to. I kept myself busy in different things that made the day easy for me, but what about those who cannot make their day easy with such things. Those who bear the thirst of water in the massive heat have a far bigger tragedy than what I was facing in my comfortable room.
One more lesson I got and that was the determination of will power, I showed determination to myself and I thank Almighty Allah for that and by the end of the day, I managed to keep the motivation high and reached my goal. I learnt that when you make a decision do something right and keep up with it, the promised divine help reaches to you.
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