Just as spring cleaning is made in a house once a year when the cob webs are swept away, the roof is repaired, and the house is cleaned, repaired and painted, our souls need such a general cleaning and revision once a year. A city's being cleaned, repaired, renewed, plastered and painted greatly resembles a Muslim city's spiritual dynamism, elevation and advancement throughout the fast. When looked at from a certain point, fasting is like disinfecting the soul and body.
Just as fasting is a major form of worship, it also has the quality of acting as a foundation for other forms of worship. The Quran is read most during the month of Ramadan, and salat is performed most in this month. It has an aspect of calling, gathering together and presenting other forms of worship. Ramadan brings out all the devoutness from our subconscious to our daily life, and it dynamites the intentions lying in our subconscious waiting for tomorrow and brings them to the surface. Suddenly we see that, like an avalanche, those who pray have pulled those around them who do not pray to the mosque. Suddenly we see that the rocky places in our soul have become asphalt with one dynamiting.
When we add up the Ramadans in an average life, they make approximately five years of constant, continuous fasting. This gives a clear, mathematically sound idea regarding the will, endurance, spiritual soundness, power and volume of worship of a moderately spiritually powerful Muslim.
Habits have elasticity. If it is lost or if they become just a part of life without vitality or if a very thick layer of ash covers the instinct, then it becomes dangerous for man. Insanity is the loss of the mind's influential power over instincts and surrender to the web of frozen habits. It is the mind becoming cemented on the road of habit. The fall of civilizations can also be explained in this way. Man can get into such frozen historical conditions and shapes that his spirit loses its love of and meaning in life. Breaking the cement blocks, he seeks an escape route. Then fasting sweeps away the ashes... breaks the cement blocks... refreshes the aging world... makes habits more flexible and prevents their becoming frozen... polishes the instincts... prevents man from becoming melancholic and losing interest in things, makes the universe a place worth living in again, and makes man into a new, reborn, ambitious person who is eager to live.