Essam El-Shami aka/ Sam Shamir Proudly Presents Ramadan 101
Episode no. 13
Episode prepared by Effat Saleh
Taqwa Is the Most Valuable Fruit of Fasting Just as plants have their own season of flowering, so Ramadan is the season of the year, for blossoming of goodness, virtue and piety of the Muslim nation. Not one, but millions of people jointly water the garden of virtue in the same lunar month, all over the world.
The purpose of the Islamic fast is to obey Allah's command. Through this exercise, Muslims can develop a balanced personality and a strong sense of a community of believers.
The fasting Muslim is continuously tied with rules and regulations for one full month and then released for eleven months to see whether the training has been adequate and effective, and if not, any deficiency found in the personality and will power could be corrected and made up in the following year's refresher course, in the Ramadan program. This is because Allah wants us to make the choice and behave well, when left alone and unattended.
During Ramadan, we also learn to inculcate in ourselves the art of patience. This, together with lessons and reminders to forgive all those who wronged us, add their own quota of enhancing our personality and outlook on life, with multiple benefits. This is not only in this life but also in the Hereafter.