In the path of the Imam (38)
Welcome to this week's episode of the series "In the Path of the Imam". Today, we discuss the views of the Father of Islamic Revolution, late Imam Khomeini (God's mercy upon him) about the virtue of fasting in the holy month of Ramadan.
In the previous weeks, we spoke of the view of late Imam about daily prayers, and Haj pilgrimage. Today, we make you familiar with the standpoint and view of late Imam about the virtuous benefits of fasting in the holy month of Ramadan.
The Founder of Islamic Republic of Iran, late Imam Khomeini (God's mercy upon him), based on the ayahs of Holy Quran, and the hadiths cited from the Prophet of Islam, Mohammad (Blessings of God upon him and his progeny), named the holy month of Ramadan as the month of divine banquet, while pointing out that entry to this divine banquet is conditioned to abandonment of worldly carnal desires
Late Imam considered familiarization with Holy Quran, and observance of the prayers of the months of Sha'aban and Ramadan as an appropriate approach for further benefiting from the virtues and blessings of the month of Ramadan, while pointing out that these prayers guide us toward our destination. Late Imam went on to add that there are delicacies in these holy prayers which are unique, so one should pay attention to them, and these prayers can move mankind.
Late Imam named Eid al-Fitr as a true Eid for those who have entered this holy banquet, and have managed to purify their souls; the sign of which is consideration of worldly developments, such as victories and failures, as temporary and short-lived events.
Late Imam named reformation of one's innate nature and purification of one's spirit, as one of the achievements of the holy month of Ramadan. Late Imam underscored that one of the outcomes of purification of one's soul in the holy month of Ramadan is standing firm against injustices. Late Imam addressed world's Muslims and Islamic governments, noting that if in the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims had collectively entered this divine banquet and had purified their spirits, they would have not submitted to injustices.
Given the paramount importance that late Imam attached to the holy month of Ramadan for purification of one's soul, he set an especial personal schedule for this holy month. Late Imam did not have any meetings in the holy month of Ramadan in order to further benefit from the holy moments of this divine banquet. Within late Imam's personal schedule for the month of Ramadan, was repeated complete recitations of Holy Quran. According to one of late Imam's associates in the holy city of Najaf, late Imam completely recited Holy Quran once every three days.
The observance of nightly recommended ritual prayers was part of the personal schedule of late Imam, throughout his lifetime, especially within the holy month of Ramadan. According to one of the members of late Imam's office, the Father of Islamic Revolution observed nightly recommended ritual prayers in sickness and health, in prison and in exile, and even at hospital.
One of the associates of late Imam pointed out that the Founder of Islamic Republic of Iran observed nightly recommended ritual prayers for fifty years.
Late Imam also called on everyone to make the best of Nights of Qadr in order to purify their souls.
Late Imam was highly committed to observance of nightly recommended ritual prayers, calling on others to follow suit.
It has been cited that in the holy city of Najaf, late Imam fasted in the holy month of Ramadan, in the scorching heat, and although late Imam was in an advanced age, he only broke his fast upon observance of evening daily prayers, in addition to the recommended ritual prayers, while praying and worshipping God from dusk to dawn.