Allah سبحانه وتعالى has prescribed fasting for us to gain taqwa
Among the main objectives of fasting prescribed by Allah are to increase our spiritual self and cleanse our hearts. Hence, when fasting was made obligatory unto our ummah, Allah said:
“O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (gain) taqwa.” (Al-Baqarah : 183)
In this verse, Allah calls upon the believers among His servants who are prepared to give their hearts and their attention to respond to His Command. This means that only the true believers among His servants will perform the command of fasting without fail. Furthermore, even though fasting contains many other benefits, Allah only mentioned taqwa as the purpose of the ritual of fasting. Thus, as a believing servant, we must pay close attention to our taqwa during our period of fasting, and assess if our iman and taqwa have truly increased or otherwise, after we have completed the month of Ramadhan.
After several years of fasting, especially those who have just been given Allah’s guidance to realize this obligation, what is the status of our taqwa? May this Ramadhan have a positive effect towards our heart and soul, for the heart is truly the vessel of our taqwa.
In addition, Allah has prepared for us, in this blessed and holy month, deeds that that will assist us in our efforts as His servants to increase our taqwa. These deeds have been practised by our prophet, Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم, during his lifetime.
Certainly the teachings of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم are the best of teachings, and we know not better than the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم the deeds that would increase us in taqwa. We worry if we ever dare to declare that we have found something that is better than the deeds taught by our Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. Therefore, we should exemplify what is clearly sourced from Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم and practise them, rather than practising something that is not sourced from the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم.
How horrendous our attitude is when we ignore so many matters and practices that are clearly taught by the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم but instead we search for and practise what has never been taught by the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. Who do we think we are to have the insolence and to dare innovate in matters of Allah's religion that has never been commanded, and with that we wrest from Allah the capacity to make commandments?!
Sometimes, we do not create new commandments but we support and follow them, not upon knowledge or obedience to Allah, even though these innovations actually meant well. Wallahul Musta’an.