Hundreds of millions of Muslims fast during Ramadan every year. It is a month during which past sins are forgiven and future evil spirits are dispersed. It is Fasting, also known as Sawm in Arabic, is the third pillar of Islam and a great way to cleanse the soul and purify the mind. But what are some others reasons for fasting? Why do people do it? Below we will highlight a few.
To Obey Allah’s Command
This is the first and foremost reason. As stated earlier, Sawm is the one of the five pillars of Islam. Allah SWT made fasting mandatory on every able adult Muslim. It defines us a Muslim. This alone is good enough for the believers of Allah SWT. He has commanded us to Fast. It is our duty as Muslims and His Believers to do what He says.
To Practice The Islamic Tradition
Like a family tradition, fasting has been practiced by Muslims for generations going all the way back to when Sawm was first made compulsory by Allah SWT. The Holy Quran offers proof attesting to this.
“O ye who believe, fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for people before you.”(2:183)
Our forefathers performed Sawn and their forefathers before them. It defines us as a Muslim. And every year Muslims fast not only to attain Allah’s will but also to honour all those who performed fast before us.
To Learn Piety and Become Pious
One of the many hidden benefits of fasting is that it makes a person pious which is something that all Muslims should strive hard for. Being human, we are all susceptible to mistakes and falling for our desires. Fasting enables us to be more aware of our senses and surrounding. It helps curb bad habits and keeps one on the righteous path.
To Gain the Blessings of Lailat-ul-Qadr
Also known as the Night of Power, Lailat-ul-Qadr is regarded as the holiest of all nights in which Angels come to Earth to witness Muslims worship Allah SWT. The blessings on this night are immeasurable. The benefits are immense. The Night of Power holds true salvation for every Muslim fasting during Ramadan.
The ultimate goal however is to get close to Allah SWT; to become a better person and a better Muslim. Fasting naturally dawns a spirit of piety on the man and makes one value the bounties that God bestows upon us throughout the year. May Allah enable us to fast devotedly during Ramadan and achieve the blessings of Laylat-ul-Qadr. Ameen.