Seeking God in Ramadan
Do you know what month it
is? Many would say, June 2016 AD. That may be true for you, but for over a
billion people around the world it is Ramadan 1437 AH!
Ramadan is a special month
of the year for over one billion Muslims throughout the world. It is a time
for inner reflection, devotion to God, and self-control. Muslims think of it
as a kind of tune-up for their spiritual lives.
As the third "pillar" or
religious obligation of Islam, fasting has many special benefits. Among
these, the most important is that it is a means of learning self-control.
Due to the lack of preoccupation with the satisfaction of bodily appetites
during the daylight hours of fasting, a measure of ascendancy is given to
one's spiritual nature, which becomes a means of coming closer to God.
Ramadan is also a time of intensive worship, reading of the Qur'an, giving
charity, purifying one's behavior, and doing good deeds.
As a secondary goal, fasting
is a way of experiencing hunger and developing sympathy for the less
fortunate and learning thankfulness and appreciation for all of God's
bounties. Fasting is also beneficial to the health and provides a break in
the cycle of rigid habits or overindulgence.
The daily period of fasting
starts at dawn and ends at sunset. In between -- that is, during the
daylight hours -- Muslims totally abstain from food, drink, smoking, and
marital sex. The usual practice is to have a pre-fast meal (sahoor) before
dawn and a post-fast meal (iftar) after sunset.
ten days of Ramadan are a time of special spiritual power as everyone tries
to come closer to God through devotions and good deeds. The night on which
the first verses of the Qur'an were supposedly revealed to the Prophet,
known as the Night of Power (Lailat ul-Qadr), is generally
taken to be the 27th night of the month. The Qur'an states that this night
is better than a thousand months. Therefore, many Muslims spend the entire
night in prayer.
During the month, Muslims
try to read as much of the Qur'an as they can. Most try to read the whole
book at least once. Some spend part of their day listening to the recitation
of the Qur'an in a mosque or on the radio.
As you see, millions of
Muslims try to seek God in their own way, the way they were brought up. Let
us pray for Muslims as they seek God that He would reveal Himself to them as
the true God of the Bible!
“And you will seek Me
and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jr. 29:13
“The Lord is near to
those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.”