A Time for Spiritual Nourishment

Taqwa Increases During Ramadan – Imam Zaid Shakir

Ramadan is a time of incredible opportunity for Muslims to draw closer to Allah and gain ever heightened levels of taqwa, says Imam Zaid Shakir.

Allah says in Sura al Baqara 2:183:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

Taqwa is not just God-consciousness. It manifests itself in a willingness to obey Allah Most High and to implement His orders. Taqwa translates into obedience. We pray that everyone is increases in obedience.

As a scholar has said: “If a person can avoid those things which are lawful during the days of Ramadan only for the sake of Allah, how much easier will it be for him or her to avoid what is unlawful for an entire month or year.”

Forgiveness Is of the Fruits of Ramadan

Forgiveness is another great fruit of Ramadan. We pray that everyone is on the path of forgiveness. As the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, has said: “Whoever fasts the month of Ramadan with sincere faith anticipating a reward, all their prior sins will be forgiven.”

He also said, Allah bless him and give him peace, “Whoever stands for prayer during the nights of Ramadan with sincere faith anticipating a reward, their prior sins will be forgiven.” Most scholars say their lesser sins also. But whatever the case this is a great burden that is lifted.

Remembrance Is Heightened and Lasting in Benefit

He also said, Allah bless him and give him peace, “Whoever remembers Allah abundantly in Ramadan will be forgiven.” Not only that, they will have a tremendous store of good as a result of their remembrance.

One of the early Muslims mentioned that to say “Subhan Allah” one time during Ramadan is like saying it a thousand times in any other month.

Laylat al Qadr Is a Night to Remember

This Ramadan you should seek out the Night of Power (Laylat al Qadr). For this reason our Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, and other great Muslims spent the last ten days in vigilance from the twentieth night onward.

Ramadan is a blessed time. If you can read the Qur’an once everyday or night try to do so. The reward for each letter is immense. If you have the opportunity, take a vacation during this time and spend time for and with Allah, for your Here and for your Hereafter.

Those who believe are more intense in their love for Allah. Grab this opportunity to spend time in nearness to your Beloved and intensify your love, insha Allah.

Imam Zaid Shakir is a chairman of the board, co-founder, and senior faculty member at Zaytuna College. He studied in Damascus, Syria and in 2009, he co-founded Zaytuna College, where he now teaches Islamic law and history.

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