Teach the kids the im­por­tance of Ra­madan

The Witness - Wheels - - OPINION - MO­HAMED SAEED Pi­eter­mar­itzburg

WITH Ra­madan ap­proach­ing, I would like to re­quest humbly that Mus­lim par­ents sit down with their chil­dren and dis­cuss the im­por­tance of this blessed month.

Ra­madan is a very pre­cious month and not a month of just ful­fill­ing rit­u­als and hav­ing lav­ish, self-in­dul­gent, break­ing-fast meals.

Be­sides fast­ing, it is also a month to re­in­force and strengthen good val­ues, morals and habits.

It’s a time to pu­rify our hearts and our souls from all evil, it’s a month to re­main in seclu­sion and soli­tude, it’s a month to pray to Almighty and to share with the less for­tu­nate.

It’s a month of self –re­straint and con­trol of our pride, anger, ego and ar­ro­gance, and to show hu­mil­ity, po­lite­ness, kind­ness and for­give­ness to oth­ers.

Ra­madan should be a month of sel­f­re­flec­tion and in­tro­spec­tion, and should be used to change our lives for the bet­ter.

Spe­cial guid­ance should be given to teenagers to get them to re­frain from sit­ting in cars and stand­ing out­side eater­ies at night to so­cialise.

Braai par­ties and sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties on Fri­day and Satur­day nights un­til the early hours of the morn­ing should not be en­cour­aged and or­gan­ised dur­ing this month.

Ra­madan is a one-month spir­i­tual train­ing pro­gramme from which we ought to emerge as bet­ter hu­man be­ings than we were be­fore and con­tinue to im­prove our lives as we ex­pe­ri­ence ev­ery new Ra­madan un­til we leave this tran­sient life.

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