We thank Allah for the month of Ramadan

In the verse of the Qur’an, which contains an obligatory reference to fasting, the Great Allah commands: “About those who believed! Fasting is prescribed, just as it was prescribed to your predecessors, so that you may be frightened” (Baghara, 183).

As you can see, Allah connects the Orujov philosophy with God-fearing and indicates that true fasting should create God-fearing in a person – tagwa. And tagwa is the basis and pillar of faith. In the Qur’an, Allah openly declares that he judges people only by the degree of their godliness: “… and the most honorable of you before Allah is the most god-fearing” (Hujurat, 13). Imam Ali (a) said this about tagwa: “External tagwa brings dignity to a person in this world, and internal – in the next.” The Prophet and the Imams used to start their sermons with the suggestion “Be God-fearing before Allah.”

The meaning of Orujov is to instill faith, tagwa, repentance, and mercy in people. That is why Imam Zeinul-Abidin (a) called the month of Ramazan “the month of fasting, the month of Islam, the month of purification and removal of sins.”

His Holiness Muhammad (pbuh) at the end of his great sermon about Sawab fasting in the month of Ramazan said: “There is a gate in Paradise called Rayyan and it will not be opened until the Day of Judgment. On the Day of Judgment, they will be opened for the men and women of the Ummah of Muhammad (pbuh) who observed the fast. The guardian angel of Paradise, Rizvan, will exclaim: “O Ummah Muhammad! Advance to the gates of Raiyan!” My Ummah will enter Paradise through this gate. If someone is not forgiven in the month of Ramazan, then when will he be forgiven at all?” As can be seen from the hadith, Ramazan can also be considered an opportunity to earn forgiveness from Allah.

The main condition for acquiring tagwa, which Allah expects from us, is to avoid sins. If we can observe the inner morality of Orujov as the outer one, hatred of sin will become an integral feature of our character. To do this, one must work on one’s morality, refuse passions, understand the destructive essence of sins, always remember that Allah sees everything, be ashamed of Allah, angels, and people. The tradition says that once the Prophet (pbuh) was talking to his companions in the month of Ramazan. At this time, Imam Ali (a) asked: “Which deed of this month is the most wonderful?” The Prophet (pbuh) replied: “To refrain from sins.”

In one of the hadiths of Imam Jafar Sadiq (a), it is said: “If you fast, make sure that your ears, eyes, tongue, flesh, blood, skin, hair and genitals also fast.” Only in this case can you understand the true meaning of fasting.

The outstanding thinker Mirza Jawad Malaki Tabriza wrote in one of his works that in fact, weapons are not an obligation for people, but a gift. That is, a person should perceive the command to fast not as an instruction, but as an advantage and honor. By commanding a person to stick to weapons, Allah once again showed His love and mercy to him. Because a weapon is useful to a person both in this and in the other world. The property of those who fast in this world will be spiritual development, pure thinking, mercy, balance, physical health and other benefits. And in the other world, they will enter Paradise through a certain gate for them, they will receive countless benefits promised by Allah. Fasting is an opportunity to earn all these rewards. That is why the late Malaki Tabriza, summing up his thoughts, asserted that Allah should be thanked for these benefits.