Re­live the spirit of Ra­madan

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THE

holy month of Ra­madan is an op­por­tu­nity to in­dulge in in­tro­spec­tion. The faith­ful should re­ori­ent them­selves with the glo­ri­ous teach­ings of the re­li­gion of peace, Is­lam, and re­it­er­ate one’s com­mit­ment to the ser­vice of mankind. That is, in­deed, the mes­sage and spirit be­hind fast­ing, prayers and sup­pli­ca­tion. Ra­madan is not only about ab­stain­ing from eat­ing or drink­ing be­tween day­break and sunset; there’s a lot more to it. It’s a month where one should take full ad­van­tage to get closer to Almighty Al­lah, and work for com­pas­sion and serenity. The more a per­son delves into the spirit be­hind the pur­pose of fast­ing, the more he/she be­comes a giver and car­ing for hu­mans all around, ir­re­spec­tive of race and re­li­gion or caste and creed. Peace, hap­pi­ness, kind­ness and for­give­ness are all that is in the air dur­ing the holy month of Ra­madan.

Blessed are those who prop­erly make use of this holy month and ask for for­give­ness for one’s guilt’s and sins. Faith­ful have a rare op­por­tu­nity to ac­quire more good traits and habits, and strengthen and crys­tallise them in rel­e­vance with the divine teach­ings of Is­lam and Prophet Muham­mad (peace be upon him). The month teaches gen­eros­ity and broth­er­hood, and com­ing to the aid and as­sis­tance of the needy. We are living in an era when there is tur­moil all around. Wars and con­flicts in the Mus­lim world have ren­dered mil­lions of peo­ple home­less, and they are all in need of peace and lib­erty. Let all of us take the first step of ed­u­cat­ing our­selves about the glo­ri­ous mes­sage of love, com­pas­sion and for­give­ness, and then go on to build an im­pec­ca­ble char­ac­ter and so­ci­ety. This is what the Prophet Muham­mad (peace be upon him) taught mankind and his fol­low­ers. Ra­madan is all about in­cul­cat­ing the virtues of dis­ci­pline, self-re­straint and gen­eros­ity. —Khaleej Times

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