Wishing our Muslim Members Ramadan Kareem.
Ramadan started on Sunday in the UAE. Shortly after I came upon a piece of writing that resonated with me. It made me realize how without planning on it the Ramadan month of fasting has become a month of contemplation for me too. Ramadan is not only about fasting, but this is when people need to take time out - try and work through and let go of the things that bother them, including bad habits. I find myself eating less during the month of fasting, also without planning it. It just happens. Coffee and tea are taken behind closed doors by expats here, but that also makes us reflect more about what we are consuming. Nicest part however is we only get to work 5-hour days. So plenty of spare time for reflecting about things.
Think the only part that I don't have a great understanding for is not allowing Muslims to drink water during the hottest month of the year. July also has many more daylight hours, so people are basically without water from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Here is the content of the writing:
|During the blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs during the daylight hours.
As a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self-sacrifice, Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking.
Muslims are called upon to use this month to re-evaluate their lives in light of Islamic guidance.
We are to make peace with those who have wronged us, strengthen ties with family and friends,
do away with bad habits -- essentially to clean up our lives, our thoughts, and our feelings.
The Arabic word for "fasting" (sawm) literally means "to refrain" - and it means not only refraining from food and
drink, but from evil actions, thoughts, and words.
During Ramadan, every part of the body must be restrained. The tongue must be restrained from backbiting and gossip.
The eyes must restrain themselves from looking at unlawful things. The hand must not touch or take anything that does not belong to it.
The ears must refrain from listening to idle talk or obscene words. The feet must refrain from going to sinful places.
In such a way, every part of the body observes the fast.
Therefore, fasting is not merely physical, but is rather the total commitment of the person's body
and soul to the spirit of the fast. Ramadan is a time to practice self-restraint;
a time to cleanse the body and soul from impurities and re-focus one's self on the worship of God.
Eid Alfitr celebrations mark the end of the holy month of fasting.
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