In the episode two of the beautiful series entitled ‘Contentment From Revelation’ (CFR) of #Ramadan2019 #MuftiMenk made mention of how to achieve #contentment from #fasting and the month of# Hajj:
Oh you who believe fasting have been prescribed upon you just like it was prescribed upon those before you in order that you may develop your relationship with the Almighty in order that you achieve consciousness in order that you achieve taqwa. (2:183)
When we fast how would we achieve contentment? Number one we calm down. Number two we realize that it’s not all about filling our own bellies alone, we control, we achieve discipline and that ‘show you get contentment. We become Compassionate because when I’m hungry and I start thinking about those who don’t have food at all when I think of them and I develop my relationship with the Almighty. I will automatically reach out to them by giving them a little bit of what the Almighty has blessed me with and this goes back to the point we raised where by reaching out to those who don’t have we would actually be achieving contentment and happiness. So, it’s amazing how the fasting is all connected to achieving contentment.
The Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him tell us whoever does not leave false witness and bad words, wrong words, evil words during the fast, Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala does not need the fact that they have stayed away from food and drink they have actually wasted their time. So if you watch your mouth and you only say good words to your spouse, to your children, to your family members, to those whom you work with, to those whom you interact with, etc. you will definitely achieve a calmness and a contentment. All these training we receive during the month of Ramadhan.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam tells us how important it is not to react and retaliate to someone who’s abused us in any way, in a way that would create a bigger problem. When you are fasting, you should go out of your way to say I am fasting. You’ve sworn me but I m fasting. I’m not going to swear back and I’m going to train myself to become a better person even while I’m not fasting, Amazing which means even during the days I’m not going to be fasting later on, I will still be of this high level of morality, high values and so on.
We need to know where to draw the line when it comes to the Deen and the dunya, when it comes to the spirituality, the religious side and the worldly side. If you don’t know how to draw the line or where to draw the line you will never achieve contentment.
[2:208] o you who believe enter into submission in totality not just a little bit, you don’t just follow one or two things and expect contentment. You want contentment? Enter into submission in totality and don’t follow the path of the devil for indeed he is an outright clear open enemy. – Mufti Menk