The Essence of Ramadan
The Arabic word ramadan refers to the heat of the sun. In Ramadan, a person retrains themselves from food and drink, and all other physical pleasures. Further, an individual develops within themselves a burning passion and fervor to fulfil the commandments of Allah Almighty. Therefore, spiritual and physical warmth and heat constitute the Arabic word known in dual form as ramadan. It is my view that those lexicographers who suggest that the word ramadan gas its etymological roots in the fact that this was a month of heat is incorrect, because this is no distinguishing factor in Arabia. Spiritual ‘heat’ refers to the spiritual fervour and joy, and religious zeal. The word ramadan also alludes to that heat which causes rocks and the like to become heated (Al-Hakam vol 5 No.27, dated July 1901. pp. 1-2)
“Sincerely observe your fasts for the sake of God. Let everyone who is liable to pay the Zakat do so and anyone upon whom the Hajj has become obligatory and who face no hindrance ought to perform the pilgrimage.” (Noah’s Ark, p. 26)
Spiritual Benefits of Fasting
“To be moderate in eating and drinking and to bear hunger and thirst are necessary for the purification of the spirit and promote the capacity for visions. Man does not live by bread alone. To discard all thought of eternal life is to invite Divine wrath.
“It should be remembered that the fast does not mean merely that a person should abstain from food and drink over a certain period. During the fast one should be occupied greatly with the remembrance of God. The Holy Prophetsa occupied himself greatly with worship during the month of Ramadan. During that month one should discard one’s preoccupation with eating and drinking; and cutting asunder from these needs should address oneself wholly towards God. (1906 Jalsa Salana Speech, Al-Badr, 10th January 1907, p. 15)
Some Q&A with Promised Messiah (as) collected by Al Hakam.
Some practices of Promised Messiah (as) collected by Al Hakam