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Tonight we bring you 7 verses of Surat al Baqara able to explain by thread and by sign the spirit and modalities of Ramadan. We hope it will be especially useful to our novice readers of Islam.
Ancient fasts and exemptions
In these verses fasting is explained to us in all its aspects, starting from the origins up to every detail. In verse 183 we are underlined how this practice had ancient origins, common to all the People of the Book, a detail that highlights the Islamic position of the continuation of the Abrahamic revelation.
In the next step, the Quran talks about exemptions for fasting and how the weakest could remedy the missed days. The fact that all this is said immediately is not accidental but follows a fundamental precept of all Ramadan: to be a cure and not a mere effort. During this month what happens is above all a spiritual union, an optimization of time to be able to do more and better, an opportunity to be the best form of ourselves. To this we owe the choice to “defend” from the outset weaker categories, probably frightened by the humiliation of failing in the effort.
Ramadan, the month of Quran
In verse 185 the great union between fasting and the Quran is highlighted, which descended on the Prophet Muhammad during the month of Ramadan and for this reason celebrated on these days. The final part of the passage continues to tell us about those who are exempted from the effort, adding to the list also sick people and travelers.
In verse 186 we are reminded that effort is needed to obtain rewards, in Ramadan in particular given the value of this month. According to Islam, in fact, in this period the Devil is chained and every good deed is worth 7 times more than the norm, a perfect opportunity to respond to the invocation of those who are always called by us. In the last verse we are told when the fast will end and what we can do once the sun has set. Another detail is then when dawn actually begins, a detail that is not always clear but which is much more precise here.
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