Ramadan Builds Up Values
Mish'al 'Abdul-'Aziz Al Falahy
Praised be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds [i.e., people], and peace be upon
the noblest of all messenger and prophets:
The world of success is connected with values. However long the life of an
individual is, he remains an orphan and naked if he does not have values.
The greatness of an individual on earth is connected with the presence of
these values in his reality.
Verily, the Month of Ramadan should change the meaning of Ramadan in the
mentality of every person from a religious occasion that is affected by
customs to a school of building up values and a chance to achieve every wish
that a person dreams of.
We have to realize that we are before a spiritual school that builds up values
and roots the great meanings in the life of all individuals. Through these
lines I shall take you, dear reader, to the courtyard of this school to read
the story of values in the life of great people, and how that school was able
to graduate students who are able to build up themselves and their reality in
the way they like.
Ramadan teaches us the value of having a goal in life and its impact on
reality, and tells us that life without goals is a life without meaning or
effect! The issue of having goals in life is a clear issue embodied in the
saying of the Prophet (peace be upon him): "Whoever fasts Ramadan out of faith
and hope for the reward, his previous sins will be forgiven." "Whoever
performs Qiyam in Ramadan out of faith and hope for the reward, his previous
sins of the above sin." "Whoever performs Qiyam in the Night of Qadr out of
faith and hope for the reward, his previous sins will be forgiven."
Every Muslim enters the gate of this school sees these goals in all its
aspects, cheering and calling him to take the chance of his
• The goal here is crystal-clear, a specific goal with fixed time, starts in
Ramadan and ends after thirty days. Of the beauties of goals is that the
reward is pushing a person to disregard horrors for the sake of achieving that
• Any project on earth should be of clear goals, otherwise it will fail to
achieve anything. Success in any project shall be connected with the greatness
and clarity of the goal as well as the ability to identify its end.
Each person should realize that he will not achieve his wishes except by the
end of his project after he realizes his goal and tries to achieve it from the
How many projects that a person initiates with himself, with his community, or
at the level of his nation but he could not achieve its goals until now! How
many people dream to finish memorizing the Glorious Qur'an but cannot finish
it until now!
How many people have a life-project but have not achieved it until now! How
many projects and wishes that people have in mind and they are waiting to
achieve them in the future, but have not started yet!
Ramadan came to tell us that fasting, Qiyam -out of faith and hope for the
reward-, and achieving piety through them is the greatest goal in this school,
and every person wants to test his ability to achieve this value in his life
has to try to achieve the wide goal of this month. We have to receive Ramadan
while each one of us has a project of which he dreams, and starts to plan to
his objectives because without that, the impact of this school will be weak in
our lives and reality.
• The values upon which Ramadan emphasizes to create in our lives is the value
of seizing opportunities, and the great rank of a person in the Hereafter
depends on the investment of these opportunities. "Whoever fasts Ramadan out
of faith and hope for the reward, his previous sins will be forgiven."
"Whoever performs Qiyam in Ramadan out of faith and hope for the reward, his
previous sins of the above sin." "Whoever performs Qiyam in the Night of Qadr
out of faith and hope for the reward, his previous sins will be forgiven."
Think about these opportunities, which are presented before each one of us,
calling them to take the chance, and the reward is the dream of everyone in
the whole world!
• Opportunities need a reasonable wise person to invest them at the first
glimmer. You have known that the high status which 'Ukkashah (may Allah be
pleased with him) gained came from just one chance when the Prophet (peace be
upon him) said: "Seventy thousand will enter Paradise without account or
punishment." Once the chance came to 'Ukkashah, he seized it: "Shall I be one
of them O Messenger of Allah?" He said: "Yes." Another came to seize the
chance, but the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "'Ukkashah has preceded
• Ramadan calls us to invest three chances that are running out. They are free
to every person as long as the days of the month are still in hand. It is a
value that a person should be keen to gain. We should not allow that chance to
• Ramadan builds up in ourselves the value of time and stresses it importance
as the dearest thing in life.
Minutes are very effective in the life of an individual, so if a person breaks
his fast one minute or less before Maghrib, his fasting will be null and void
in that day.
Likewise, if a person eats or drinks after the Fajr Adhan, his fasting will be
null and void; all these to give much care to this value in the souls of
Muslims and embodying it in their lives.
• Each successful person you see today gives much importance to this value in
his scientific and practical life.
I remind you that this value is a history that makes individuals and nations
if this value is given its chance of care and attention.
There is no choice for anyone wants to create reality to accept or give up
this value, moreover history books give you full story about mens' lives.
These three values make up the history of man, write his biography with golden
ink, and perfume the entire life with breathes of challenge and makes change
to the dreams which each person seeks to live as reality in Ramadan.
I call the great men of this nation and the makers of its history to open the
pages of their hearts and their booknotes to write down these values through
studying in this great school of life. Allah is Only One sought for help, upon
Him we rely, and from him is the might and strength.