Psychologists postulate about different time frames that it takes to make or break a habit. Ramadan is the best time to make or break a habit.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:
“When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of hell are closed and the devils are chained”.
Although there is this hiatus from the devil’s whispers and temptations during Ramadan, many of us still do wrong. Why? Because we have to overcome the bad habits that we have developed and strengthened over the past 11 months. The spirituality of Ramadan lies in reining in the natural/baser urges for self-indulgence, and gently, carefully and consistently nurturing the spiritual force within our hearts. This is best done with prayer, good deeds, consideration of others and turning away from materialism. It is quite a challenge for us to battle this inner struggle, dedicating time for prayer and remembrance of God, while denying oneself food and drink on very little sleep, all within a remarkably secular daily schedule.