Teach the kids the importance of Ramadan
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.