Ramadan is a special visitor with counted days. Already, the Tenth has bid us farewell, and the Eleventh is swiftly passing by.

Dear fasting person, the main question we should ask ourselves on this fasting journey is: have you prepared yourself adequately so far? Let’s remember that the best preparation for this fasting journey is Taqwa (God-consciousness).

“O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous.” (Al-Baqarah, 2:183)

God-consciousness is attained by humbly following all the commandments of Allah (S.W.T) and refraining with humility from all the prohibitions of Allah (S.W.T), hoping for His pleasure and seeking to avoid His wrath.

We have been given the opportunity of a whole month to exert ourselves in the matter of piety and performing good deeds.

For a fasting person who fasts but continues to engage in sins alongside the commandments of Allah, then they should know that they are merely fasting out of habit. The true purpose of fasting is not being fulfilled for them.

There is no point in fasting while still lying, backbiting, and committing evil deeds because it will be in vain, as indicated in a hadith narrated by Abu Hurayrah (R.A) who reported that the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) said: “Whoever does not give up false speech and evil deeds, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e., Allah will not accept his fasting).” (Al-Bukhari)

Let us not fast while neglecting our obligatory prayers, forgetting the Taraweeh prayers, and letting our Qur’ans at home collect dust without recitation.

It is essential for each one of us to self-assess and see if we have been fasting out of habit so far or if it’s time for a change because there is still time.