Just Hunger


Can one ever imagine what are the rewards for fasting? Impossible! It is beyond human comprehension. Allah Ta'ala’s declaration has been narrated by Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) in the words: “Fasting is for Me and I will (personally) give its reward.” How then can anybody ever comprehend the magnitude of the rewards for the fasting person.

However, Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is also reported to have said: “Many a fasting person gets nothing from his fast except hunger.” While the obligation of fasting may be fulfilled, the fast is devoid of its spiritual benefits and the unimaginable rewards are lost. The reason for this severe deprivation is the indulgence in sin while fasting. Hence Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) has said: “The one who does not give up sinful talk and sinful actions, Allah Ta`ala has no need for him to remain hungry and thirsty.” Therefore, the crucial factor in Ramadhaan is to give up all sin. Avoiding all sin for this one month will become a launching pad to refrain from sinning in the future.



In Ramadhaan people give up many of the vices that they were involved in. Yet some vices continue unabated. The utter tragedy is that many people while engaged in these sins are not even conscious of the evil they are involved in.

One of the most common major sins that many people heedlessly engage in is backbiting, or listening to such talk. In the Qur’aan, Allah Ta'ala has likened backbiting to eating your dead brother’s flesh!!! As a result of gheebat (backbiting), the rewards of the fast are destroyed. Moreover, one’s good actions will be given away to the person one has spoken ill of.



Another widespread sin is haraam “chatting” and conversations. This refers to communication with any non-mahram (one with whom nikaah is permissible) without any genuine necessity. Hence all idle talk and chatting is completely prohibited. Therefore, make this Ramadhaan a haraam-chat free Ramadhaan – especially a Mxit-free Ramadhaan. Insha Allah, this will become the means of forsaking this sin forever.



One of the spiritual killer-diseases for all times, and especially during the month of Ramadhaan, is the misuse of the eyes. Looking at non- mahrams, haraam pictures, visiting immoral sites on the Internet etc., kills the heart spiritually. As a result, all the enthusiasm for ibaadat and righteous actions vanishes. Therefore, let us make the fasts of this Ramadhaan true fasts by abstaining from all sin.

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