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Ramadan, the month of soul purification. 

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        Allah (swt) says, in His Holy Qur’an that “And [by] the soul and He who proportioned it; And inspired it [with discernment of] its wickedness and righteousness, he has succeeded who purifies it.” (Qur’an, 91:7-9)We all suffer from the constant annoying whispers of the shaytan (devil) that just won’t go away, thus making the task of purification even more difficult. For this reason, the blessed month of Ramadan is an ideal time to work on purifying our souls. Not only does Allah (swt) lock away all those evil shayateen (devils) during the entire month; but fasting in itself is a form of purification. Fasting softens our hearts, weakens our human desires and instills in us the pleasant qualities of patience and will-power. Unlike the normal days of the year, we feel more inclined to do righteous deeds and to keep away from committing sins. This Ramadan, let us all choose one unwanted quality about ourselves that we wish to change and make a conscious effort to purify ourselves of it.  Piety is a characteristic of soul purification accomplished in Ramadan ;Allah says: “O you who believe! fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may guard (against evil).” (2:183)

      Moreover, God has given man the power and insight to choose his course in life. God has also given man the attribute of knowledge in an abstract form. This is the divine trust that man has assumed. The Holy Quran says: “Surely We offered the trust to the heavens and the earth and the mountains, but they refused to be unfaithful to it and feared from it, and man has turned unfaithful to it; surely he is unjust, ignorant.” (33:72) Satan, who symbolizes the wrong and animal dimensions of man, refused out of arrogance to prostrate before Adam and was cast out of Paradise. So, in order to retaliate, he has been tempting man ever since. For salvation, man needs the purification of his soul in addition to knowledge and insight. Such purification is obtained by having heartfelt faith in God. Man’s soul should enjoin him unto good, not unto evil. Man should not be a prisoner of his soul enjoining himself unto evil. Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini (ra) said that if man wanted to attain human perfection, he should avoid worldly pleasures and strive to get nearer to God. The Holy Quran says:“It is He who has placed you as viceroys of the earth….”. Then how can man, as a viceroy of God, be without the divine attributes of his Lord?” A true man of faith has kindled the fire of faith within him, and fasting is something that enhances his faith. Holy Prophet Muhammad (saww) said: “Fasting is prescribed for man to purify his soul.” In Ramadan, the month of fasting, you become the guest of God. Do praise Him with devotion. God will answer all your prayers in this month. Fasting is the glad tidings of God’s all-embracing mercy. Imam Ali (as) asked Holy Prophet Muhammad (saww) on the last Friday of the month of Sha’ban: “What is the best thing to do in Ramadan?” The Prophet answered: “The best thing is to avoid committing sins.” (Yun al-Akhbar ar-Ridha, vol.1). It is also stated that eating and drinking alone do not cause refraining from fasting. It should be known that refraining from everything that causes man to part from God is also counted. Fasting has many advantages. God calls man to His feast while he is hungry, so then man can best appreciate the value of His bounties.
   
      Therefore, my beloved people be generous in Ramadan, pay money to poor people as possible as you can . “The Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, was the most generous of all people, and he used to reach the peak in generosity in the month of Ramadan when he meets with Jibrîl [Gabriel]. Jibrîl, peace be upon him, used to meet him every night of Ramadan to teach him the Quran. The Messenger of Allah, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, when Gabriel meets him, was even more generous than the strong uncontrollable wind (in readiness and haste to do charitable deeds).” [Reported by Al-Bukhari]( ). Read the Holy Qur’an , as you can listen to blessing recitations of Qur’an. This site is very useful to achieve the listening of Qur’an in various languages http://islam.spacechanels.com/

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Fast like a living thing, have a body and a soul. The required abstinence from food, water, etc. is the body of the fast: “piety” is its soul. If we are not striving to refine our character by fast, our fast will be a body without soul. Fast cleanses our body from impurities. Likewise, it must purify our hearts and minds from all impure thoughts improper desires and undisciplined sensations.