Wish­ing all Mus­lims a blessed Ra­madaan this holy month

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Sa­maoen Os­man

Ra­madaan is the month of spir­i­tual ex­cite­ment in the Mus­lim World.

It is the month of fast­ing and recita­tion of the Holy Qur’an, which was re­vealed dur­ing this aus­pi­cious month – the month of Ta­ha­jjud (night prayers) and Qiyam al-Lail (night vig­ils), Taraweeh prayers, Sadaqah (char­ity), Zakatul-Fitr (Alms­giv­ing) Za­kat-ulMal, and so on.

It is also the month of so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties among Mus­lims.

Dur­ing this time, Mus­lims’ life­styles un­dergo a dra­matic change, with the nights wear­ing a fes­tive look.

The whole pat­tern of pri­vate and public life is trans­formed along with tim­ings for schools, uni­ver­si­ties and the work­place.

The spir­i­tual fer­vour of Ra­madaan su­per­sedes all other ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the year.

No one can ex­plain the happiness un­less he seeks the bless­ings of this Holy Month, day and night.

A Mus­lim, while fast­ing, ex­pe­ri­ences the aes­thetic plea­sure of almighty Al­lah’s prox­im­ity and the joy of divine bless­ings.

This feeling in­stils the willpower in the be­liev­ers to lead a life of con­tent­ment, filled with Al­lah’s re­mem­brance and ever re­spon­sive to his divine com­mand­ments.

A Mus­lim who fasts ex­pe­ri­ences feel­ings of great spir­i­tu­al­ity and a pro­found sense of ex­al­ta­tion.

He is sure of him­self and is con­fi­dent of mov­ing to­wards per­fec­tion, be­cause he con­sciously musters all his senses to di­rect his pow­er­ful willpower to serve and please His Cre­ator and Lord.

Fast­ing is not con­fined to one’s in­ner self alone, but also has its so­cial ef­fects in in­flu­enc­ing the com­mu­nity as an in­te­grated whole.

A fast­ing com­mu­nity en­joys all the ben­e­fits re­sult­ing from obe­di­ence to the Almighty. It is a so­ci­ety al­most free of crime, jeal­ousy, gos­sip and ha­tred.

A so­ci­ety that as­serts its supremacy over the ma­te­ri­al­is­tic world feels proud of its ad­her­ence to spir­i­tual val­ues.

It is among the won­der­ful as­pects of Is­lam which build char­ac­ter and de­velop per­son­al­ity, and help mould so­cial life.

We wish all Mus­lims around the globe a blessed Ra­madaan Mubarak and a Blessed and joy­ous Eid-ul-Fitr. Cape Town

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