Su­nil Perum­bavoor

Fi­nance Man­ager in a pri­vate firm

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Ihave been liv­ing in Qatar for the past ten years. And I have been fast­ing for six con­sec­u­tive years now. I am al­ways in­ter­ested to know about dif­fer­ent re­li­gions and about dif­fer­ent cul­tures. In my re­li­gion also we ob­serve fast­ing from dawn to dusk once or twice in a month. It is called Pra­dosh. I find fast­ing in Ra­madan sim­i­lar to Pra­dosh. I used to be a kind of per­son who can­not re­sist hunger so when I saw my Mus­lim friends fast­ing, I got in­spired.

Fast­ing is like a chal­lenge for me. If I am hun­gry, I feel dizzy, headache and miss­ing just one time’s meal is a tough task for me. But when I started fast­ing in Ra­madan, I be­come more self-con­trolled and now I can con­trol my hunger. I came to know that in the month of Ra­madan peo­ple fol­low good ethics, morals and val­ues so I also wanted to adapt healthy life­style and ex­pe­ri­ence pu­rity of soul and body. I was not fa­mil­iar with Mus­lim cul­ture but when I came to Qatar I got a chance to learn more about Is­lam, its cul­ture and tra­di­tions. I started read­ing Holy Qu­ran. Con­se­quently, my at­ti­tude to­wards life

got a dras­tic change. I am in­spired by five-times com­pul­sory prayer and their reli­gious eti­quettes. I am a strong be­liever in God, so I fol­low and im­ple­ment all pos­i­tive thoughts, ac­tions and pos­i­tive at­ti­tude in my life for in­ner hap­pi­ness and to make oth­ers happy and sat­is­fied.

In Holy Qu­ran it is men­tioned that “Fast­ing is pre­scribed to you as it was pre­scribed to those be­fore you, that you may learn self-re­straint.” In Ra­madan, we learn how to con­trol our hunger, keep our­selves calm, be­ing spir­i­tual and try to adopt healthy life­style. I read holy books from my re­li­gion and also re­fer holy books from Is­lam.

I find fast­ing a fan­tas­tic tool to ex­pe­ri­ence spir­i­tu­al­ity, pos­i­tiv­ity and to give up bad thoughts and ex­pe­ri­ence pos­i­tive things to the max­i­mum level. I’m ea­gerly wait­ing to fast this Ra­madan too and re­move all nega­tive en­ergy from my life. My sug­ges­tions for this Ra­madan is eat a lit­tle and less oily food, drink more and more wa­ter.

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