The blessing month of Ramadan 2012 is here, and with it, the world’s Muslims are entering into one of the finest and most beautiful schools of life – a school of faith, of spirituality, of awareness, of giving, of solidarity, justice, dignity and unity.
Ramadan is the month when introspection among Muslims should be deepest; the month of our greatest contribution to humanity. It is a month of renewal, of critically summing up our lives, our needs, our forgetfulness and our hopes.
The month of Ramadan is the best possible expression of anti-consumerism: to be and not to have, to free ourselves of the dependencies that our consumption-based societies,
“Ramadan (Arabic: رمضان} Ramaḍān. Persian: Ramazān; Hindi: रमज़ान Urdu: Ramzān; Turkish: Ramazan) is the ninth month of the lunar Islamic calendar, which lasts 29 or 30 days according to the visual sightings of the crescent moon according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in hadiths. The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root “ramida” or “ar-ramad,” which means scorching heat or dryness. It is the Muslim month of fasting, in which Muslims refrain from dawn until sunset from eating, drinking, and sexual relations. Muslims fast in this month to offer more prayers and Quran recitations.” – Wikipedia
For the Muslims, during the month of Ramadan, we go on a strict fasting diet. We are not allowed to eat or drink anything during the daylight hours for the whole month. Without Allah’s blessing and a steadfast faith, we could not do this, Allhamdullah.
As the fasting month returns each year, as Muslim, we too must repeat, rehearse and deepen further still our understanding of what Ramadan teaches us, of this school of divine nearness, of humanity and dignity.
The fast is each individual’s quest for the divine; it asks each of us to look beyond self: Ramadan is, in its essence, a month of humanist spirituality.
Many people do not really understand what the fast means? They don’t understand why Muslims have to fast for a month? They thought it is a kind of suffer.
For Muslims, to fast means to experience sincerity, to observe our shortcomings, contradictions and failings; no longer to attempt to hide or to lie, and instead to focus our efforts on the search for ourselves, and for the meaning and priorities of our lives.
For some, Ramadan is a spiritual month of connections with God and community. For others, especially non-fasting people who are living in the Muslim countries, it’s more of a lonely slog,
But there one thing is for sure – Ramadan holds a different meaning for everyone.
To me it means:
- It is time to feel what people who are less fortunate than we are
- Getting our body clean and clear
- Raise our spiritual desires and control our material ones
- Gain true closeness with ALLAH through our salah, recitation of the Qur’an, dhikr and good deeds done for our families and fellow human beings
- Having more oxygen to feed our brain
- Realizing the power of ALLAH’s Mercy, Forgiveness and Love
- Strengthening our Imaan, Taqwa, Yakeen. Having Sabr and feeding the needy
- Re-thinking of our thoughts
- Reaching deeper spirituality
- To exercise self-control and to give, to meditate and to weep, to pray and to love
Truly to fast is to pray; to pray is to love.