Ramadan Note 2

“Many people who fast get nothing from their fast except hunger and thirst, and many people who pray at night get nothing from it except wakefulness.”

: Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

Fasting is deprivation from food, drink and sexual relations during the hours from dawn to dusk during Ramadan. Its purpose is

the attaining of God-consciousness

(Qur’an 2:183).

During Ramadan, we traditionally spend more time in acts of worship – refocus on faith, recitation of scripture (Qur’an), extra nightly prayers (taraweeh), supplication and increased charity. Over-consumption and wasting of resources are ills loathed by the Almighty Creator and we are urged to rectify within ourselves these faults in the hope of pleasing our Creator and bettering ourselves. Self-regulation and discipline are to be developed and strengthened during the month of Ramadan so that our ties with the Almighty Creator are strengthened through one’s desire to obey His commands


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