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Ramadan Kareem

The month of festivity and forgiveness for the Muslims is here. Ramadan is a special season that signifies much for every Muslim who fasts in the day and volunteers other form of worship in the night. His motive is great prize of forgiveness of past sins. Fasting during the holy month is one of the five pillars of Islam, which also include prayer and charity. To fast, Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and engaging in sexual activity from sunrise to sunset.
Ramadan is a joyous month of spiritual growth, charity, celebration, family gathering, sharing, shopping, and late night family meals. Fasting is one of the greatest means of helping a person to fulfill the commands of Islam. All this might sound miserable to non-Muslims but for the followers of Islam it fills there heart with love and respect for Allah. There are a few question that a number of non-Muslim friends and colleagues often ask us, usually out of fascination with this spiritually-uplifting practice of Islam faith, and at times out of pity and sympathy for us, thinking, why should anyone suffer from hunger and thirst like Muslims? I wouldn’t be surprised if many of us shared the same negative perception of fasting. But for the Muslim fasting is not a burden it is a way to show and believe how devoted they are, how much they admire their religion and their god.

It is important to note that Fasting in Arabic is called,” SWAN”, which literally means ‘to be at rest’. 
Benefits of Fasting-
1-SWAN- to be at rest. We give rest to gastro-intestinal tract, the sexual organs, the tongue, the eyes and ears, etc.  Fasting is an additional safety device for the regeneration process of the body and the brain including the memory.
2- Muslim who have been fasting regularly since childhood have been exposed to different sleep/wake and light/darkness cycles on a daily basis in one annual lunar month. Hence, it may be easier for such persons to synchronize at a faster rate their circadian.

3-The social contact during the night prayertaraweeh or qi yam and other social spiritual activities should act as a ‘time-giver’ this is what regulates bio-rhythm. This provides an adequate level of physical activity equivalent to moderate physical activity which, for some, may be more than they usually exercise.

4-Fasting in Ramadan enables us to master the art of mature adaptability and time-management.

5-It cultivates in us the principle of sincere Love, because when we observe fasting, we do it out of deep love for Allah.

6- In Ramadan, people tend to go for healthier options such as dates, nuts, fruits and home cooked meals for Muslims.  Studies have noted that overall saturated fat consumption, usually found in butter, lard, fatty meat, and fast food is reduced in Ramadan.

7-All the Muslims say goodbye to all the addiction be it smoking, lying or gossiping. It is the perfect time to give up all the addictions and bad habits as it is said that during the Ramadan all the evil i.e. ‘shaitan’ is send to the dark room and is locked there until Ramadan is over.

8-Zakat is the third pillar of Islam which is a type of Islamic tax which one needs to take out during the whole year most Muslims take it out during Ramadan. Zakat is given to the poor and all the needy people by the Muslims in order to purify not only the property of the contributor but also purifies his heart from selfishness and greed. It shows the selfless attitude of all the Muslims. They donate and give charity to whoever needy in this way the poor people are benefited and hence the art of giving is highlighted. Charity in Ramadan has great virtue and ample rewards.

It is said that the holy Quran was assembled and send from the almighty in the last ten days of Ramadan. This is the period where the Muslims pray with all heart and soul in order to seek forgiveness and fulfill the wishes they have. It is a month of sacrifice, giving, piousness and self-training, it is a motivation with the hope that these qualities will extend beyond this month and stay with them throughout the year. Indeed, the essence of the fasting in Ramadan is beautiful. It is a month of festivity.
So eat well, eat according to time and sleep well. Show back to all the bad habits and negativity. Help yourself to clean up your soul seek forgiveness and give charity as much as you can. Enjoy the festive month. Good things don’t last long.

Aayesha Nabeeha.


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