MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, YOGYAKARTA – Fasting doesn’t immediately shape a pious individual so that Ramadan fasting becomes a medium of “an annual self-management” to create a better individual.
In the Ramadan Preaching 1442 AH raising a theme of ‘Safe and Healthy Ramadan’ conducted by the Muhammadiyah COVID-19 Command Center (MCCC) in collaboration with Lazismu broadcast on TVMu on Tuesday (13/4), President of Muhammadiyah Haedar Nashir, “Fasting seems like a canopy or our spiritual terrace so that we can be a physically and mentally pure individual. That’s why the Ramadan fasting is a spiritual revolution process.”
He added that the fasting is about not only refraining ourselves form eating, drinking, and meeting biological need but also improving ourselves to be an individual who is able to maintain and take care.
“First, the fasting refers to physical and mental fasting. Second, it’s connected to other worship activities such as qiyamul lail. Third, it’s also linked to other activities shown by Prophet Muhammad as learning, reciting Al-Qur’an and practicing it. Fourth, we are taught to always perform good deeds such as giving alms,” he mentioned.
Furthermore, Haedar Nahir revealed that the Ramadan fasting isn’t an individual’s ritual, but it molds us to be uswah khasanah in this life.
“The fasting is addressed to be la allakum tattaqun (mindful of Allah) in practice. For instance, after the Ramadan fasting, do we become more generous, patient, and forgiving people?” he asserted.
Then, what is the impacts on our life? Do the fasting and all of the worship affect our social piety?
“Look at now. First, Indonesia is one of the highly corrupt nations. Second, Indonesia is a country with high drug issues. Third, the divorce rate and violence against children and women in Indonesia are high. The facts show that there isn’t a positive correlation between worship activities and impacts on molding social piety,” he emphasized.
“We have to be uswah hasanah that our words and behaviors should go hand in hand. Besides, our fasting and Islamic values become our strengths to enlighten others, and our religious practice should lead to betterment,” advised Haedar.