Ramadan on its 5th Day!

Ramadan started last Saturday, September 23, earlier than expected. It is the ninth month of Hijiri or the Islamic Calendar. It is considered as the most blessed and holiest month for the Muslims. It is also the month which they practice fasting, charity, and longer hours for prayers.

Fasting (sawm) starts from dawn to dusk for the entire month of Ramadan. Muslims believe that during Ramadan, the revelation of the Qu’ran to the Prophet Muhammad began. Fasting during this month is often thought to figuratively burn away all sins. Furthermore, the Prophet Muhammad told his followers that the gates of Heaven would be open all the month and the gates of Hell would be closed.

The practice of fasting varies for every country. Like what Subi, our Pakistani neighbor told me that, the Indians can eat anything as long as it is a fruit from any trees but not the meat from animals. But for them , the Pakistans they only eat at dawn and resume their meals at dusk. She told me also that she refrained from watching television and even talking too much is prohibited and should pray more in order to cleanse the body and mind and nurture the spirit.
My Algerian friend, Gezalla, she told me that during the month of Ramadan , she has to get up early for her to prepare food before the sun rises which is called, suhoor. And as I observed her (this was the time that we were working together) she resumes eating after the sun sets, the iftar, and to break the fast, usually she eats only dates and drink fresh milk.

And the owner of our company, who’s a Sheik, always prepares a buffet (these tents full of food are for those who are less fortunate).

It is a time of worship and contemplation. A time to strengthen family and community ties.

To all my Muslim friends, Ramadan Kareem!

2 Replies to “Ramadan on its 5th Day!”

  1. Hi Dimpz. In England we have many Muslim people and my first real chance to get to know the younger generation of English born Pakistani was at university a few years ago. They all practised Ramadan and it was interesting watching and talking to them during this period of abstinence. The idea of setting aside a period for fasting and contemplation of the spiritual nature seems like a sound investment of time. I know that I don’t take nearly as much time as I used to for contemplation now that I work so hard. I think it is an important part of our beings that we forget to nurture, instead running around like crazy doing too many things.

    Abstaining from something is a great way to generate will power. In my younger days I used to do some strange things simply for this reason. One thing I remember was keeping a bar of delicious chocolate next to my computer in plain view to tempt me with its smell and sight. I would observe the craving rise up to grab it and eat some and I would let that craving subside and I would feel at peace again. It was a bit weird I admit but an interesting exercise in discipline.

    So I wish the people practising abstinence during Ramadan all the best and I hope they embrace it and enjoy it rather than seeing it as a chore like some of my university friends did.

  2. Thanks for sharing your experiece; your share of abstinence Tanc! YUp! The real purpose for Fasting during Ramadan should be observed and from it I guess there’ll be a great difference. Muslim people will be guided accordingly with the real purpose of their religion (fasting, as one of the five duties of being a Muslim) with their strong faith there’ll be more peace from within themselves and from that good deeds and charity will arise.

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