When is the Best Time to Attain Taqwa?
The main purpose of every fast of the month of Ramadan is not only not to eat, but also to have a deeper philosophy behind it.
Remember, the month of Ramadan is the month of attaining Taqwa. We know, the main purpose of fasting is to attain Taqwa or piety.
O the believer, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous. (2:183)
Relation between fasting and Taqwa
From this verse we can know the relationship between fasting and Taqwa. If you analyze the literal meaning of fasting, then you can understand that fasting means suppressing one’s inner desires. Taqwa can be achieved from this mentality. Taqwa means caution, self-defense, fear of Allah. Taqwa also means to suppress oneself, to put it bluntly, to suppress oneself from those deeds which are displeasing to the work of Allah.
Lust, anger, greed, delusion etc. all are the enemy of human qualities. The qualities or attributes that hinder human knowledge are called ripu or enemies. They are basically the enemy of knowledge.
There are six such enemies in man. They are part of human instinct. The well-controlled use of these makes people civilized and better. Their arbitrary and uncontrolled use makes people worse than animals. Sinks into the abyss of decline. The purpose of Ramadan is to gain the moral strength to gain control over these bad habits.
The main way to attain Taqwa is to abstain from the evil desires that are created by the impure self-sufficiency in oneself.
Ramadan and Taqwa
Taqwa is a very important aspect of Islam. A true believer is guided by Taqwa. It keeps people away from sin and inspires them to do good deeds. Qur’an says, “O you who believe, be pious” (33:60). Allah further says, “Those who believe and attain Taqwa are the friends of Allah. They have no fear, nor any anxiety” (10:72)
In the holy month of Ramadan, all fasting people claim to be pious.
Ramadan teaches us hands-on ways to control ourselves. We become worthy of attaining Taqwa by giving up the possible things in our lives.
Man can suppress himself from the power that is created by giving up this, abstaining from haram or evil deeds.
All this can be learned from the holy month of Ramadan. This teaching of Ramadan is not only religious but also equally useful in daily life.
Self-control is the only way to achieve success in every aspect of our lives. The life that can be found without losing oneself in the cycle of accepting the necessary things and avoiding everything else is the life of true happiness.
May Allah grant us Taqwa and make us righteous. Ameen.