Ramadan: Month of Patience

الصَّبْرُ صَبْرَانِ: صَبْرٌ عَلَى مَا تَكْرَهُ، وَصَبْرٌ عَمَّا تُحِبُّ

Imam Ali (KW) said, “Patience is of two types: patience in what you hate, and patience in what you love.”

During the daylight hours, it is forbidden for Muslims to partake in certain lawful activities that give human beings pleasure. Humans love sexual relations, but sex with one’s mates is off limits during fasting hours. Humans love eating and drinking not just to sustain life but also for enjoyment of taste and the socialization aspect of eating with others. This too is forbidden during fasting hours.

Most equate patience simply with what is difficult or what causes hardship, but the philosophy of patience during the month of Ramadan transcends this idea. If humans can restrict themselves from pleasurable aspects of life for 29 or 30 days from dawn to dusk that are normally lawful, it breeds a discipline in them to restrain themselves from those things that are unlawful throughout the year.

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