– We are almost finished with the month of Ramadhan. Some of us are happy and some are sad. Others will just be “business as usual” and they are back to their old deeds. I have some Muslim friends who say that their faith is with Allah (SWT) and that it is okay if they may not be fully a practicing Muslim, they do not pray at least one sallat each day nor observe Sawm(fasting) during this Holy Month. I am not pre-judging them. I respect their views and I always believe also that faith is a personal relationship with our Creator. But why do we have the Five Pillars of Islam?
– I have learned that “the true strength of a believer lies in the strength of his or her connection to God. That connection is in turn nurtured by our devotional acts.” What are these devotional acts? This includes our prayer, fasting, litanies, supplication and invocations. Also, we are reminded to be consistent in conveying our obligatory prayers on time and try not to miss the highly encouraged voluntary prayers associated with them. The purpose of which is the maintain the connection with God.
– Everyday, we will face series of trials and tests from Allah (SWT). It is mentioned in the Holy Quran, 2: 286, that
“On no soul doth Allah Place a burden greater than it can bear. It gets every good that it earns, and it suffers every ill that it earns. (Pray:) “Our Lord! Condemn us not if we forget or fall into error; our Lord! Lay not on us a burden Like that which Thou didst lay on those before us; Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Blot out our sins, and grant us forgiveness. Have mercy on us. Thou art our Protector; Help us against those who stand against faith.”
– Doing our obligations to Islam is for our own good. Allah’s whole existence is not dependent to our prayers nor worship of Him. But it is our need to stay connected with Him, to be a good person and do good to others.