The auspicious month of Ramadan

FASTING is not a mindless exercise of torturing the body by remaining hungry and thirsty. It is extremely meaningful and produces tremendous benefits for the fasting person.

Increased Ibadah and devotion in Ramadan makes a Muslim feel closer to the creator, and generate appreciation for all his provisions.

Food, water etc, as a boon and blessing from Him. By becoming more charitable in this month, feelings of generosity, soft heartedness and goodwill towards others are developed.

The Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) was more generous than the swift blowing winds in this month. Through self-control and the discipline of fasting a Muslim develops tolerance, patience, contentment good manners, kind words and good habits.

Because fasting is a collective activity, it creates a sense of belonging to the global family of believers and strengthens family ties and Islamic brotherhood on a local level as well.

One of the outstanding benefits of fasting is that a Muslim experiences hunger and thirst, and thus identifies with the daily plight of the hungry and poor.

In this way it generates a real and intense degree of sympathy and concern for the underprivileged who have so little to survive on. This in turn makes Muslims reach out to the poor and the hungry.

Ramadan is a very special month, but it is important for the benefits of this month to remain throughout the year.

The spirit of piety and spiritual elevation experienced in Ramadan should stay on during our “normal” lives in the prevailing eleven months. And when the spiritual batteries begin to weaken, again comes the next Ramadan to give a full charge.

Ramadan Kareem to one and all and a happy and joyous Eid Mubarak in advance.

A.S.E AMEEN

Mountain Rise

Pietermaritzburg

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