Zuufadlin Zaakiru Ibn Kafidubu writes;
RAMADAN OR FEASTS?
BISMILLAHIR RAHMANIR RAHEEM
Alhamdulillahi Rabbil-’Âlameem! Exceptional praises, gratitude, and honor are due to Allah for His endless Mercies on us. Surely Eternal happiness is unto the righteous believers, and indeed, there is no animosity except for the oppressors. May the peace and blessings of Allah be enshrouded unto the long chain of Prophet-hood, right from Prophet Adam down to the final Messenger Prophet Muhammad, their household and companions which will exist until the Final Hour, Âmin.
In Allah’s will, the 5th day of Ramadan brings for us another interesting discussion that sets to keep our attention focused on Allah and getting the benefit of Ramadan in its full effect. It begins with a question that keeps pulling the concerned mind to shreds and getting him unrest; is it Ramadan a period of feasts or blessings?
Respected reader, it is quite obvious that the question sounds more paradoxical, but upon careful examination of the past and present circumstances, we will get to appreciate the fact that the period of worship and building strong relationship and proximity with Allah has been exchanged with the rhythmic organization of feasts, all in the name of “Iftar”(breaking of fast). Subhanallahi!
Respected one, many among us Muslims have been from the beginning of this Blessed Month thinking about what they are going to be feasting on in their “Sahur” (dawn meal) and as well as “Iftar”(breaking of fast)and in many more moments during this fasting period. That is not actually completely bad to do, but with a little thinking of how many times we are going to recite the Noble Qur’an in every blessed day and the entire days of the month, how many cycles (Rakats) of superogatory Salat we are going to offer every night in this Blessed Moment, and many more acts of righteousness that will draw us more close to Allah,call for a reform in how we are unanimously taken the month to be. I seek Allah’s guidance on you and me, Âmin.
Let’s see what Allah said about Ramadan and its implication. The Qur’an says: “ the month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for mankind and clear proof for the guidance of and the criterion (between good and bad). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan that is, is present at his home), he must observe Sawm (fasting) that month, and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number (of days which one did not observe sawn (fasting) must be made up) from other days. Allah intends for you (mankind and all beings) ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you. (He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allah (that is, to say Takbîr (Allahu Akbar; Allah is the Most Great) for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him”. 
The month of Ramadan comes with abundant font of Blessings and Mercies, the very Blessings and Mercies that mankind needs to free themselves from the puzzling of the inhabited world. Let’s strive hard to cultivate the Blessings in this Ramadan and not to waste the privilege on a mere organization of feast only with the thoughts of recurrent appetite.
Dearest reader! This Ramadan might be the last we will witness in our livess. Think about it, live it as if it is the last moment of your life and believe me, the Blessings and Mercies will not meet you in divergent path but rather in a convergent ground.
According to an authentic narration from the light of beings; peace be upon him, whenever Ramadan sets in, Allah calls into the worlds: “where are those who loves Us and We will show them much love?, Where are those who want Our forgiveness and We will grant it on them? And finally, Where are those who needs Our Mercies and We will shower it on them?”.
And in the end, if we understand the intense of these Godly benefits of Ramadan, we will not use a greater part of our time filling our table with variety of fruits and drinks but rather drawing close to Allah with reciting the Qur’an, doing Istigfar (i.e. repenting to Allah), exalting and glorifying Allah’s name morning, evening and the nights of Ramadan. Allah grants us ease, forgives our sins and make every intricate of our actions be to meet His pleasure.
Allah is the Most Exalted and He Knows Best!
Allahumma Salli ala Muhammadin, wa alihi, wa sahbihi
 (Suuratul – Baqarah, Qur’an 2:185)
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