Today when I walked by a women taking out pieces of bread from the garbage and clearing it, trying to sort out the eatable pieces for her , the excruciating pain I felt inside made me run to the nearby store and buy food for her. Hunger is something every single living being understands, our bodies are designed that way, and filling our bellies is on the top among our most basic needs , infact it leads all other needs.If I imagine myself in her place, even the thought is distressing, hunger and poverty forcing her to search for food in garbage.
The Holy month of Ramadan is going to begin , muslims all around the world will be observing the fast, abstaining from food and water , also from using bad language, bad habits and bad deeds hopefully, as the purpose of fasting is not simply about refraining from food but training our souls to have patience, have more control on our language and actions. When we are hungry , we understand the suffering of less fortunates around us, we learn empathy and humbleness. The Prophet (saw) said, ‘Whoever feeds a person breaking his fast will earn the same reward as him, without anything being lessened from the reward of the fasting person’. Hope we learn compassion during this month and while passing anyone in need , we never ignore them but find ways to help them for the sake of the creator of heaven and earth.
Furthermore, believers are blessed with an opportunity during this month to earn extra rewards ,as the doors of heavens are opened and the doors of hell are closed ,Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
“كُلُّ عَمَلِ ابْنِ آدَمَ يُضَاعَفُ الْحَسَنَةُ عَشْرُ أَمْثَالِهَا إِلَى سَبْعمِائَة ضِعْفٍ قَالَ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ إِلَّا الصَّوْمَ فَإِنَّهُ لِي وَأَنَا أَجْزِي بِهِ”
“Every deed of the son of Adam is multiplied from ten to seven hundred times. Allah the Exalted says: Except for fasting, for it is done for my sake and I will reward it.“Source: Sahih Muslim 1151, Grade: Sahih