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Secrets of Ramadan | Shems Friedlander

Be not as those who say, we hear, and they hear not.

Lo! the worst of beasts in the sight of God are the deaf and the dumb - who understand not.
- The Quran 8:21-22

Ramadan is the Islamic month of fasting. One month of fasting. If all we do is not eat, then our only benefit is that we’ll be hungry. There are many secrets to Ramadan. Each time we do this fast, some secrets may be revealed to us.

Fasting is the only worship of Allah done in total secrecy. Only Allah knows. … We pray openly in front of other people, it is seen. When we give charity, we give it out. But fasting is a secret between each person and Allah. And only Allah knows whether you do it or don’t do it. You can stay home and eat three meals a day and tell people you’re fasting. Nobody knows. Only Allah knows. And you know.

But fasting from food is just a small part of Ramadan. We have to fast from our anger. We have to fact from being greedy, being unkind, being unfriendly. We have to have a fast of speech. Only say things that we really mean. Only hear those things that are necessary for us to hear … No frivolity.

Think, think about how you will make your next Ramadan. And like anything that’s worth something, prepare for it.

Allah comes very close to the believers during Ramadan. He gives us the most wonderful opportunity to see who we are and how we are.

I suggest that all of us really think about Ramadan. Read the hadith. Talk to people. Get a measure of how we will spend the month of fasting. Then do it, use it as a laboratory.

- Shems Friedlander, from the book When you hear hoofbeats, think of a zebra

:: May God bless Andrea for presenting this beautiful book.
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