What is so unique about the worship of fasting?
Fasting is a worship you can only offer to Allah Almighty. Take a moment, when that throat of yours dries up entirely, you know very well that you could hide in a corner and take a sip of ice cold water, but you also know that you are doing this for Allah and He knows, so you dismiss the thought immediately.
That is taqwa.
To love Allah enough to not want to disappoint Him. Often taqwa is translated as 'fearing Allah' - I really dislike that translation, I believe it is loving Allah so much that you willingly look for ways to seek His pleasure, and stay away from all that which displeases Him.
Ramadan is the month in which we restrain our most basic desires, hunger & thirst as well as our sexual desires.
There is a deep lesson that needs to be learnt from this. In other words, if you can be victorious in your inner-battles with your most basic desires then you can overcome bigger battles in life!
If we fail in the face of our most basic desires then we remain weak human beings. "But as for those who fear the position of their Lord and prevented their soul from [unlawful] inclination,
Then indeed, Paradise will be [their] refuge." [Qur’an 79:40-41]
Fasting is also a reminder to humble ourselves; that we as humans are weak. If Allah did not provide us with food and drink, we would perish and wither away. Have you felt that weakness in the lead up to iftar when nothing can distract you from your hunger and thirst? Everything seems bleak at times. We are weak if it wasn’t for Allah’s blessings that we take for granted.
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: "..When I love him [my servant] I am his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him, and were he to ask Me for refuge, I would surely Grant him it.." •
Restraint -- Taqwa -- Love -- Protection ❤