Ramadan started yesterday June 29th. I thought of sharing this lovely piece to spread the knowledge and share with you the meaning behind this holy month. It is indeed a month of numerous benefits, enjoy!
“Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Every day during this month, Muslims around the world spend the daylight hours in a complete fast. During the 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 things that are not permissible. 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 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.
But ultimately we do it because we are commanded from God to do so, as were the previous nations:
“O believers! Fasting has been prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you in order that you become more conscious of God.”
[Noble Quran 2:183]
For example Jesus used to fast. Jesus is recorded in the Gospels to have fasted like Moses. “And he fasted 40 days and 40 nights, and afterward he was hungry.” (Matthew 4:2 & Luke 4:2). “