Ramadan is the Month of Patience
Author : Mufti Anas Khasasbeh
Date Added : 30-08-2023

Ramadan is the Month of Patience


It was narrated that Abu Hurairah said: "I heard the Messenger of Allah say: "The month of patience (Ramadan) and three days of each month is fasting for a lifetime." (Transmitted by Ahmad).

The Prophet, peace be upon him, described Ramadan as the month of patience because it encompasses various forms of patience:

Patience in obeying Allah, patience in abstaining from what Allah has prohibited, and patience in enduring the painful decrees of Allah. Fasting in this month involves patience in obeying Allah through acts of worship such as prayer, remembrance, recitation of the Quran, and other forms of obedience. It also entails patience in refraining from the prohibited desires. Additionally, there is patience in enduring the hardships of hunger, thirst, weakness of the self and body that the fasting person experiences during Ramadan. The fasting person is rewarded for such patience.

Since fasting is the crucible, workshop, origin, and source of patience, we can understand what is confirmed in the authentic Hadith collections and others when the Prophet, peace be upon him, said: "Every deed of the son of Adam is for him, except fasting, for it is for Me and I shall reward for it. He gives up his desires and his food for My sake... There are two occasions of joy for one who fasts: joy when he breaks his fast, and joy when he meets his Lord. The smell that comes from the mouth of a fasting person is better with Allah than the scent of musk." This narration emphasizes the reward of fasting because fasting embodies the essence of the worship of patience. Allah the Almighty has also mentioned the reward of the patient in the Quran where He says {What means}: "those who patiently persevere will truly receive a reward without measure!"  (Az-Zumar, 10).

Indeed, fasting is exempt from the multiplication by a known measure that applies to other deeds. All deeds are multiplied by ten to seven hundred times their value, except for fasting. Its reward is not limited to this specific number; rather, Allah, the Almighty, multiplies its reward with numerous increments beyond enumeration.

 Ibn Rajab, may Allah have mercy upon him, said: "One of the best forms of patience is fasting. This is because it encompasses patience in the three types: patience in obeying Allah, patience in refraining from disobeying Allah, as the servant abandons their desires for the sake of Allah, even though their soul might urge them towards those desires." [Jāmi' al-ʿUlūm wal-Ḥikam Vol. 2, Page 649].

It can be deduced from the profound wisdom of the act of fasting that this great religion came to instill in human beings the strength of will, sincere determination, steadfastness in adversity, and patience in the face of hardships. A person who can endure abstaining from the necessities of food and drink, which are essential for their survival and well-being, throughout the daylight hours of a whole month every year, is certainly capable of controlling their desires and curbing unnecessary cravings. This reflects their mastery over their own impulses and inclinations, which go beyond their basic needs.

Indeed, Ramadan becomes a catalyst for raising one's aspirations and elevating one's soul. How many are there who stand in devotion reciting the verses of Allah? How many are there who generously give from their wealth? How many are there whose tongues remain moist with the remembrance of Allah? And how many are there who spend hours assisting widows and orphans?

Let us approach this blessed month with sincere intention and strong determination, seizing the divine blessings within it. Just as Ramadan is like a rainfall, it requires a fertile ground to receive it. When the rain combines with good soil, good crops grow by the permission of Allah. May Allah make fasting easy for us and include us among those who fulfill this obligation in a manner that pleases Him. Praise be to Allah, the Lord of all worlds.



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