Saturday, July 4, 2015

10 Things I wish everyone knew about Ramadan

  1. Ramadan is not only a month of starvation. During the daytime when we are fasting we go ahead with our daily routines and lives while refraining from eating, drinking, sexual acts and also behavior such as rudeness, backbiting and also cursing. By doing so we learn how to control our reactions and give us an opportunity to forgive and focus on what is really important.
  2. When we fast it is not only abstaining from drinking or eating. You abstain from intense desires which may include sadness, anger of even frustration. You might not be able to control the elements which make you sad or upset but how you react to it is entirely your choice. Our hearts abstain from grieving and control is taken over by our minds rather than our emotions.
  3. Nobody should be feeling bad for those who are fasting. Even though fasting can make a person sleepy, tired and fatigues the return we get as a result is far better than someone else’s pity. Activities which feed your ego are abstained for in this Holy month. We do so, so that our minds can become free of the needs and desires of the human body.
  4. Muslims do not fast for the entire month of Ramadan. The fast begins at dawn and breaks at sunset. The period between fasts, at night, is a time of reflection where you can truly see how the needs of the human body affect your mind and thought process as well as your body.
  5. Fasting is not counting down the time to when the fast will be broken i.e. sunset, this defeats the entire purpose of fasting. Fasting should rather discipline you and train your mind to not think about food and water all day long. Our superficial physical desires should be taken out of our mind so that it can truly reflect upon you.
  6. Even though Ramadan is here for only 30 days in a year, it should not be limited to only those 30 days. Instead we should aim to train our minds in those 30 days to obtain self control and self restraint for a lifetime. Fasting is also one of five pillars of Islam. A pillar is something which binds yourself to God and brings you closer. No matter how alone and distant from the Almighty you may think you are, a pillar will stay with you forever.
  7. Despite what we get to see in this day and age, the month of Ramadan is about moderation. After fasting for around 16 hours it is very tempting to fill your plate up at the time of Iftar, while in essence our human body does not even require so much food to survive. One of the most empowering things about the act of fasting is our steadfastness and ability to go long hours or periods of time without the intake of any food or water. By limiting the intake we learn to teach our bodies and minds to survive on bare necessities.
  8. Fasting is extremely good for your health. It was discovered that alternate day fasting can greatly reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, lower sugar levels and also protect us from some effects of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and it also sharpens up our mind.
  9. Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic year. The literal meaning of Ramadan means dryness or scorching. Islam was also revealed in the month of Ramadan.
  10. Everyone does not have to fast. The ill, pregnant or the underage can skip fasting. Even though it is a pillar of Islam, Allah is most merciful. Fasting is a choice like every other aspect of being a Muslim.

Ramadan in Saudi Arabia
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  2. Useful Kitchen Tips during Ramadan
  3. 65°C - Expected Temperature during Ramadan in Saudi Arabia
  4. How to pass time quickly while fasting during Ramadan?
  5. Fasting in Countries where the Sun does not set


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