Enhancing learning in Ramadhan-A A +A
Only a Meranaw
Monday, July 7, 2014
BEING a month of learning for every Muslim, Ramadhan brought enlightenment in the hearts of many especially among us here in Mindanao.
I am not as pious as other Muslims in my community, but I am more observant of the many changes that the holy month has taught every Muslim.
Last month, I was standing in front of Amai Pakpak medical hospital in Marawi City and saw tricycle drivers smoking just outside the hospital’s compound. This ironic scenario brought me different thoughts.
If only smokers realize the damage of smoking to one’s health, they wouldn’t even smoke at all.
So, yesterday, out of curiosity, I passed by again the same place and saw no one smoking outside the hospital. Many if not all were probably fasting and would not smoke at daytime.
Well, it may be temporary but still, this month of sacrifice has given these tricycle drivers a temporary healthy lifestyle.
This blessed month has teachings that indirectly give enlightenment to all believing Muslims.
Muslim scholars, we call Ulammah would always mention that because of Ramadhan and one’s fear of Allah, Muslims are taught to value many things.
First, we Muslims, as we fast, experience hunger and thirst during daytime and we get to learn how to sympathize with those in the world who have little to eat every day.
Parents would always remind their children of how lucky they are to experience Ramadhan so they would learn to respect people who have less or nothing each day.
Second, this month brings us closer to God through intense devotion manifested in the different special prayers that we Muslims observe during Ramadhan.
Mosques get ample number of Muslims during the Tarawie, a special prayer time in the evenings of this month. This prayer is done in congregation and believed to be a prayer that will cleanse the past sins of every Muslim.
As narrated by Abu Hurayrah when he said that Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) said, "He who prays during the night in Ramadhan with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven." (Al-Hadith)
Third, this month teaches every Muslim generosity and goodwill as they practice charity by giving alms to the poor, providing food for the fasting Muslims in mosques during Iftar (breaking the fast); and some sponsor religious gatherings or events where they provide food.
It was authenticated in the different narrations about the Prophet (pbuh) when he said, “Whoever provides food for the fasting person to break their fast with, he will have the reward of the fasting person without decreasing the reward of the fasting person at all.”
Lastly, what I like the most in this month of Ramadhan is the strengthened family and community gatherings. Here, Muslims strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood, in their own communities and throughout the world.
Last night, my brothers and sisters in an organization in our community gathered together to discuss religious topics that will enhance our faith in God.
Through a simple gathering, we were able to fortify the camaraderie between and among our members. We took the chance to discuss the value of learning in this holy month.
Hence, Ramadhan has become so special to all Muslims because of the many changes and realizations that one can have during this month.
However, what should remain in our hearts must be the essence of this month and continue its virtues and teachings for the rest of our normal lives.
Indeed, the true goal of Ramadhan is to make stronger one’s faith and fear of God who is all-knowing and merciful to mankind.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 07, 2014.