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  1. A Muslim Greatest fear is his/her sins because h/she knows well with many sins it is not possible to achieve perfection and in such a condition, fire of the Hell is waiting for him/her. Hence, A Muslim is happy when the auspicious month of Ramadan comes, because according to a priceless saying of Prophet Mohammad: “He who fasts during the fasting month for the sake of Allah, all his sins will be forgiven.” (Tafsir-i-Maraqy, vol. 2, p. 69) And it is the best news for a Muslim with such a concern, because h/she knows after this Holy month, he will be pure and sinless and it guarantees his/her eternal happiness.
  2. Imagine you, God forbidden, became sick and referred to a doctor and h/she prescribed various drugs for you. What is your reaction? Will you protest the doctor for prescribing bitter taste drugs for you? What will be your reaction if someone do this? Surely you must say him/her your respond is not rational because a doctor studied and has been taught for several years and those bitter drugs described for you, are the result of his/her studies. And this behavior also is accepted by all wise people. This point can help us to be convinced regarding to Divine Commandments. If someone asks us why you do some difficult worship, our answer is this: trusting in a doctor is an accepted action while the doctor is not without mistakes while Allah the almighty is the Omniscient. So we trust Him when he says: “…and to fast is better for you, should you know.” (Holy Quran, 2:184)
  3. If we look at worship actions by itself, perhaps we say they are boring and they make us tired, especially some worship that are difficult. For example when we are told that we must fast for one month in Ramadan, maybe it does not give us a good sense. But it is only the one side of a coin and such a problem will be solved by looking other side. When a Muslim is ordered to do a special worship, it means h/she is addressed by Allah the almighty. In other term, h/she deserved to be an addressee of God and it is a very high position in which no difficulty will be sensed. Now if we only want to talk about fasting we refer to verse 183 of second chapter in Holy Quran in which Allah SWT ordered to fast in Ramadan and this verse is started with “O' you who have Faith!” (یا ایها الذین آمنوا) And Imam Sadigh (the sixth Imam of Shia Muslims) says: "The pleasure found in (the phrase: ' O' you who have Faith! ' is so that) it has removed the tiredness of this worship and effort." (Majma'-al-Bayan, vol. 2, p. 27)
  4. No one can deny the difficulty of fasting. One has to refrain eating, drinking and et cetera during a day and it becomes more difficult when Ramadan gets coincident with the summer. But what we must pay attention to is that no significant action will be found in which you do not need to bear difficulty. There is a famous term that says “no pain no gain.” As an example we can look at soccer players. In a soccer match, players have to run for 90 minutes to gain their goal and sometimes they have to play under rain or snow or under the sun. In addition, soccer players have to exercise every day to get ready for the match. This is not the only example and if you look around you can find many examples. So if for worldly cases we need to bear hardness, what will be if we confront with a matter which is related to eternal life? Fasting will be easy and tolerable if we pay attention to hereafter and our eternal fate.
  5. Sacred religion of Islam as the last and the most complete religion has come to fulfill all human needs including material and spiritual. Therefore, Islamic teachings and orders pay attention to all human dimensions. In Holy month of Ramadan in which it is obligatory to fast, physical healing and benefits are considered as well. In a Hadith from Prophet Mohammad (SAWW) read: “Fast, you’ll be healthy” (Nahj-al feṣāḥa, p.547, n.1854) By review in some medical comments we see even non-Muslim scientists and doctors believe in physical benefits of fasting. For example the three fathers of Western Medicine; (Hippocrates, Galen & Paracelsus) prescribed fasting as the greatest remedy and the physician within. Life Magazine in its September 1996 issue considered fasting: the healing revolution. Also Dr. Joel Fuhrman in his book called “Fasting and Eating for Health” notes: “Fasting has been repeatedly observed to alleviate neuroses, anxiety and depression.” (p.19) There are many cases like them and no enough time to mention all, although the words of infallible Islam leaders are sufficient for us and we're proud of them.
  6. Alaykom Assalam Of course we must be sensitive in this regard but why did you ask this question? Anything wrong?
  7. One of the important characteristics of Ramadan is related to Divine Books. All Divine Books revelations occurred during the fasting month of Ramadan and it is also another evidence for greatness and virtue of this month. According to many Hadiths, the Torah was revealed to Moses on the 6th of Ramadan, Gospel was revealed to Jesus on the 12th of Ramadan, Psalms of David revealed to him on the 18th of Ramadan and the Holy Qur’an in the Night of Qadr (most probably 23rd of Ramadan). (Al-Kafi; Vol.2, p.628, Vol.4, pp 157, 159, 193) One noticeable point in this regard is that in other months apart from Ramadan, none of Divine Books has not been revealed and it implies that other months had not sufficient spirituality for this grate events. Such issues encourage us to cherish this holy month more and use this great opportunity.
  8. It is an interesting issue and question whether all people fasting are at the same level or not. Great scholars mentioned three ranks for fasting and with this ranking we find out all fasting are not at the same level. The first rank for fasting is just avoiding from eating and drinking. Most of the people are like this. I mean most of the people do during fasting what they want except eating and drinking. The second rank for fasting implies the additional restraining of our ears, eyes, hands, feet and other organs. Imam Sadiq (A.S) said: “When you fast your hearing, your sight, your hair, your skin and other organs should also fast.” The next and third state of fasting is whole-hearted fasting. In this level, all thoughts and imaginations that make us far from God, must be abandoned and this form of fasting is broken when we start to think about worldly affairs. Of course, this rank belongs only to Prophets, Imams and true pious and sincere people. It is a great opportunity in auspicious month of Ramadan that put us among those who accept their fasting and bestow generous reward.
  9. It would be very sweet for a Muslim when he/she be able to know about the reality of worship acts. I mean by the reality of worship, the philosophies, effects and consequences which is hidden behind a worship acts. Of course for a True Muslim, it is enough that knows this order is legislated from Allah the Almighty and its origin is Holy Quran and Sinless leaders Hadiths, but yet enjoying from learning God's instructions philosophy is not deniable. In Ramadan days in which all Muslim fast, it is good of we refer to Islamic teachings for learning more about this great worship. I think such things encourage us for continuing strongly. For this reason, I would like to mention a priceless Hadith which is narrated from God’s Prophet: “Fasting is a shield: that is, it is a covering against the calamities of this world and a protective barrier against the punishment of the Hereafter.” (Al-Mahajjah al-Bayda, v.2, p.131)
  10. Fasting is a special kind of worship that must lead in piety and God-wariness as Holy Quran said in verse 183 of second chapter. So if one cannot reach to this level, in fact he could not accomplish the main goal and in such a condition, his fasting has no favorable usefulness and efficacy. There is a tradition in which we can find out this issue well: Imam Sadiq (A.S) said: “Abandon quarrelling and troubling your servant. Let the dignity of those who fast be on you. Once the Prophet heard a woman who was fasting reviling her maid. The Prophet brought her some food and asked her to eat it. She said that she was fasting. The Prophet said: “How could you be fasting when you have reviled your maid? Fasting is not just abstaining from food and drink.” (Al-Mahajjah al-Bayda, v.2, p.131)
  11. Dear friend! Apart from infallible persons, all of us may commit sins once a while. If we try our best and not commit sins as much as we can (as you told), Allah (SWT) will forgive us as he told in His noble Book: " As for those who have faith and do righteous deeds, We will absolve them of their misdeeds and We will surely reward them by the best of what they used to do. " (29:7)
  12. By studying in Islamic teachings, we can claim Ramadan is a great and unique opportunity for a very long step towards perfection and what we are not able to gain at other times. You have right to ask: what is your reason? And I reply: when we put two Hadiths of Prophet Mohammad (SAWW) next to each other, we can prove and conclude such a thing. From one hand we read in a Hadith of Prophet (SAWW): “If Satans were not hovering around the hearts of the descendants of Adam, men could look at the kingdom of the heavens.” (Al-Mahajjah al-Bayda, v.2, p.125) It is clear that Satan is mentioned as a barrier in this tradition. From other hand, there is another Hadith in which holy Prophet (SAWW) said: “When the month of Ramadan starts …the devils are chained.” (Al Kafi, v.4, p.67) By looking carefully in these two traditions, one finds out that in Holy month of Ramadan the main barrier to reach perfection removed and a real servant can gain the true happiness and God's nearness easily.
  13. There is a very terrible misunderstanding among some Muslims that accordingly they think if they just do some special worship acts like prayer and fasting, that is enough and after that they can do every wrong deeds! Probably you saw such people who, for example, they watch vulgar and nasty videos, they commit usury, they bother their neighbors, they do not respecting the rights of family members and et cetera, and yet they think they are real Muslims and they expect their actions be accepted entirely by Allah (SWT)! Actually it is not what Islam expect us because Islamic teachings are related cases that if we perform them together, In that case our deeds will be accepted entirely and we gain very good results, otherwise it is only a dream! In this regard there is a noticeable narration from Imam Ali (A.S) which wonder us seriously: “There are many who fast and gain nothing from their fasting other than suffering from thirst and hunger. Many stay up at night in prayer and gain nothing but sleeplessness and fatigue….” (Al-Mahajjah al-Bayda, v.2, p.123)
  14. In normal circumstances, all can claim to be the best. For, in such conditions there is nothing as a true criterion for investigating. Like all life states, the same thing is going on in the relationship between Lord and His servants. As you see, there are many people who claim they submit to Allah (SWT) and call themselves Muslims, but Are they really sincere in their claims? Although Allah (SWT) is omniscient and knows everything but it must become clear for servants as well. For, God legislated a religious order to ascertain people sincerity and fasting in holy month of Ramadan is a very important criterion in this regard. In Imam Ali’s wise sayings we read: “Fasting is a trial of people’s sincerity.” (Nahjul Balaghah, Wise saying no.252)
  15. Ramadan as the best and most blessed month has different important aspects that we must try our best to know them and say them to others. One thing which always questioned is that why should we starve and avoid eating and drinking in Ramadan and what is the philosophy of that? Although the main reason of all worship acts in Islam is submission to Allah (SWT), because we believe in Lord Wisdom, but sometimes some points are mentioned about some philosophies of worship. For example about the obligatory of fasting It is quoted upon the authority of Imam Sadiq (A.S): God made fasting obligatory so that the rich and the poor are made equal. If there were no fasting, the rich would never experience the feeling of hunger that would make them have mercy on the poor, for whenever the rich desire something they are able to acquire it. Thus God desired to place His servants on the same level, and that the rich experience hunger and pain so that they have compassion for the weak and have mercy on the hungry.” (Al-Mahajjah al-Bayda, v.2, p.124)
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