Earlier this morning, I came across a post by a budding ex-Muslim. He made a comment regarding Ramadan that I disagreed with and so I dropped a quick reply. I believe firmly, that true freedom comes from one’s ability to control one’s desires, as do psychologists who agree with this line of thinking in the form of the locus of control.
The ability to have self-control, to develop one’s locus of control is essential to everyday and long term success, fasting aids in developing your locus of control because you learn to assign consequences to your actions, because you learn to reign in your negative habits:
- Procrastination – you learn to be on time for Suhoor and Iftar, for your daily Salaat.
- Gluttony – you control your desire to eat all the time.
- Patience – you learn to control your temper, your words, your actions.
As the Qur’an says:
“And to fast is better for you, if only you knew.” – Qur’an 2:184 (translation is the Clear Qur’an by Dr. Mustafa Khattab).
Whereas not fasting is to give in to hedonism, to give in to your desires, to reject developing your self-control, to give in to materialism. Ramadan is a month of mercy, with wisdom behind it that may not always be as apparent as one think it is.
and God knows best.