Wednesday, September 3, 2008

2-Sep-8, Ramadan

on 2nd Sep-08, we commenced Ramadan.

Ramadan: The third pillar of Islam, which is fasting, is practiced during the month of Ramadan. Ramadan is derived from an Arabic word for intense heat and scorched ground and it is the ninth month of the Islamic Hijri calendar, established in the year 638 CE. It is considered the most venerated, blessed and spiritually-beneficial month of the Islamic year. Prayers, fasting, charity, and self-accountability are especially stressed at this time; religious observances associated with Ramadan are kept throughout the month.

“Ramadan is the month during which the Quran was revealed, providing guidance for the people, clear teachings, and the statute book. Those of you who witness this month shall fast therein.

Those who are ill or traveling may substitute the same number of other days. Allah wishes for you convenience, not hardship, that you may fulfill your obligations, and to glorify Allah for guiding you, and to express your appreciation.”

Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Power) is considered the most holy night during Ramadan.

For Muslims all over the world, Ramadan is the best month-long exercise for refraining from internal and external misconduct. The ultimate point of fasting is to purify our spiritual soul from any sins. It teaches us so many things which is otherwise not possible.

Very importantly, it teaches us to control our nerves (nafs) , you may see people around you eating the best foods but because of fasting you get a power to control that urges. We learn to live with better control of our demands, of our urges. We learn to sacrifice !

It teaches you to help others, stay controlled, keep smiling, sharing, control on arrogance and make us all stand together to fight injustice and make this world a better world..

I hope this Ramadan is much more than just a once-a-year festivity. It's about struggling in all aspects of our lives. Let's do something that will make the future better. Hope for the best, but still prepare for the worst.

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