6.23.2014

What Is The Real Meaning of Ramadan or Sawm(Fasting) ?

What is the Meaning of Word Ramadan and Sawm(fasting: The word Ramadan is derived from the Arabic word Ramidha or Ar-Ramad it means intense scotching Heat, And it also derived from Arabic word Ramdha which means sun baked sand. And in some terminology it means intense heat in the stomach due to thirst. When a Muslims fast due to thirst heat produce from stomach which can be find in ramadan, And Ramadan it has an another meaning that good deeds are they scotch their sins and evils of a muslim.So, in ramadan the sin's are scotch away by the good deeds like how sun scotch away the ground. The heat helps for Moulding,Reshaping,Reforming likewise in the month of ramadan a muslim can reshape,moulding and reforming their spiritual aspects.

What is the implication of Sawm(Fasting): The word Sawm or siyam is derived from arabic word samah which means to abstain or to restrain from normal things like eating,Drinking and from talking. And a person absorb a fast and abstain from these things is called sium Allah(SWT) Says in qur'an in Surah Maryam chapter no 19 verse no 26 "So eat and drink and be contented. And if you see from among humanity anyone, say, 'Indeed, I have vowed to the Most Merciful abstention, so I will not speak today to [any] man.' "When the angel speaks to Marry(May Allah(SWT) be pleased with her) this word is used that i have vowed to fast to Allah(SWT). So, here the meaning of Fast(sawm) does not mean abstain or refrain from eating,drinking or from talking it means refraining from speaking when we look at the context before verse in the qur'an in Surah Maryam chapter no 19 verse no 25 "And shake toward you the trunk of the palm tree; it will drop upon you ripe, fresh dates" Allah(SWT) speaks to Marry(may allah be pleased with her) that shake the palm tree that will drop fresh dates and next verse says eat and drink from them and further says when you meet any human being tell them have vowed to fast to Allah(SWT) and i will not speak to any human being because speaking is used it indicates the word sawm used here means to abstain from speaking. 

The word sawm in islamic terminology or in islamic sharia it means a person who does a act of worship and with intention for sake of Allah(SWT) or he/she abstain eating,drinking or any harassment as well as sexual intercourse to reduce their sins and in short the word sawm means to abstain from the fast breakers and the fast breakers the things which break fast are food or drink (body taking from any source) as well as abstaining from sexual intercourse in short it means abstaining from stomach as well as private parts, This is the basic meaning of word sawm. But if you go ahead with the broader meaning it does not mean only abstaining from food and a sexual part there is along with fasting of the tongue,from the eyes,from the ear when we heard the word sawm.

Our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said in Sahih Bukhari volume no 3 in the book of fasting hadith no 1903 That "Narrated Abu Huraira(May Allah be pleased with him) : Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, "Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah (SWT) is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah (SWT) will not accept his fasting.)" It means before abstaining from food and drink you need to abstain from false speech and evil action and further it is repeated that Our beloved prophet Muhammad(pbuh) said in Sahih Al Targeeb Volume no in Book of fasting hadith no 1068 that " A person while fasting when he abstain from food and drink and he should also abstain from false speech in any language and if a person get's angry or argues with someone or fight with him he should say "I AM FASTING". so if look at it a person fast we need to look at three things Stomach and the private parts that means abstain from that breaks the fast (ie..Food,drink,Sexual Activity). From the body like eyes, tongue, ears and limbs even they should fast abstain from tongue means he/she should abstain from backbiting, from slandering from gossiping and from vulgarity etc..fasting of the eyes means you should abstain from looking at things which is unlawful for example if you see no Maharam you should lower his gaze and should not see unislamic channel which cause haram activity.And abstain from ears is you should not hear songs,music,haram speech,vulgar words etc.

Fasting from heart and the mind abstain from thing which takes away worship of Allah(SWT) This overall the meaning of word Saum(fasting). So Alhamdulillah you have learn about the meaning of Word ramadan and Sawm in the better way leave your comments if you have any doubt.


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