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My experience with Ramadan is that I feel a higher sense of God consciousness during the entire month, than the rest of the year. God permits me to prepare each day for the fast by waking up earlier than usual. Because I am up so early, I spend more time reading the Quran. God gives me a clearer mind to focus better on Him all month for the contact prayers. God allows me to be more thankful to Him, by having a better awareness of His provisions to me, like food, drinks, energy and much, much more. I focus more on being righteous with all my actions, words and thoughts. During Ramadan, God leaves me with a sense of my heart and soul strengthening and being full. The first day Ramadan is over, I always feel like I can’t wait until Ramadan next year. Thank You, God!
Ramadan is a Submission practice performed for a month every year to earn the pleasure of God and this renews faith. This annual exercise, consciously and voluntarily practiced, uplifts the soul. Being God’s command, no better course of training can be devised to cleanse our souls. Compliance with this Divine injunction fosters the sense of willing obedience to God’s commands which is a sign of firm and true faith. It forcefully brings forth the feeling that a believer has to serve only One Master and One Law – the Law of his Creator. The real intention underlying the restraints and restrictions that fasting implies is total submission to the will of God. The fast is not only refraining from food and drink but also from foul thoughts, words and acts, the object being attainment of piety.
Ramadan has a great leveling influence – no matter how rich or poor, influential or subservient, high or low, all stand on the same terms of human equality. No submitter is superior to another on account of social status or because of wealth, race or colour differences, but only on the basis of righteousness.
[7:26] O children of Adam, we have provided you with garments to cover your bodies, as well as for luxury. But the best garment is the garment of righteousness. These are some of GOD’s signs, that they may take heed.
Ramadan is the month of spiritual growth. The Stomach’s emptiness helps remind us of God. Remembrance of God through fasting is a fantastic ritual for nourishment of the soul. We fast this month to show our appreciation for guidance and clear teachings in the Quran. By fasting this month we are fulfilling our obligation to God.
A blessed month
A month of abundance
A time of glorification
A time of showing our appreciation for guidance—the gift of gifts
Thank you God for guidance & Quran, a source of wisdom, healing & mercy
A time of reflection on our actions, speech & thoughts
A time of imploring
Our Lord, make this easy for us
Fasting from dawn to sunset
It seems that as the soul gets stronger, it gets easier
A time of deepening our compassion & empathy
An opportunity to attain salvation
May this be a wonderful, soul nourishing and purifying experience for all of us
Ramadan is the amazing celebration month of the year for the submitters! It is an incredible privilege and the most exclusive invitation from the Lord of the seven universes. The practice came to us all the way from Abraham. As always but even more intense during this month, all the energy is concentrated to God, the Creator, the Initiator and the Designer of everything.
I feel more appreciative of all the submitting creatures in the universe from the smallest part of my body to the sun and the moon, the sky and the stars, the mountains and the trees, the animals and the insects, and to the unseen world of countless numbers of hard working angels. I know they are prostrating to the Most Faithful and the Supreme and their singing of their praises to the Most Gracious is joyous, and I cannot help myself—I join them. Before Dawn, there is a marvelous feeling of peace, calmness and tranquility, all submit completely to the Most Sacred, the Peace. Breaking the fast each sunset is an exciting event. Not only having the reward of a delicious feast with submitter family, but also to enjoy the blessings from the Most Dignified, and hopefully an acceptance of fasting from the Almighty, the Most Powerful! And the Most Wise gives us an even greater gift that is better than a 1000 months! The Night of Destiny! This blessed night, my soul is dancing and leaping with joy and happiness. I pray many things to the Most Merciful even though He is the Knower of all secrets and declarations. Until Dawn, together with my true family and all the creatures in the heavens and the earth, I sing, commemorate and glorify His names, the most beautiful names. Thank you so much God for granting us such an incredible invitation, Ramadan!
Night of Destiny
[97:1] We revealed it in the Night of Destiny.
[97:2] How awesome is the Night of Destiny!
[97:3] The Night of Destiny is better than a thousand months.
[97:4] The angels and the Spirit descend therein, by their Lord’s leave, to carry out every command.
[97:5] Peaceful it is until the advent of the dawn.
The Night of Destiny signifies a remarkable blessing for Submitters. When the world was enveloped in darkness and in the depths of ruin and immorality, God sent out of His mercy the prophet Muhammad with His transcendent Message of the glorious Quran. The descent of the angels and the Spirit also reveal that this Night is of far reaching influences.
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