Each year for 30 days 1.5 billion Muslims around the world fast during the month of Ramadan. You may have heard about Ramadan. As a time during which followers of Islam abstain from food and drink each day from dawn until sunset. But there’s much more to this month than simply not eating or drinking.
Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Being lunar means in effect that within the span of every 30 years or so. The month of Ramadan falls in each of the four seasons. Hence the just nature of the lunar system. Just imagined the month arising at the same time every summer or every winter which brings us to an interesting question.
It’s hard enough to not eat and drink food and water for a whole day. How do people do it in the summer not even water actions that Muslims are commanded to avoid during fasting hours include eating drinking smoking and other activities. Then they are free visa vide these actions until daybreak of the following day.
The time to break the fast or in other words to feast coincides with sunset. It is often a fun time for families and friends who share meals and invite each other over for dinner or dine with their local community at a mosque or Center.
Obviously there are exceptions for someone with health issues who requires medications throughout the day. Fasting is not an option for them. In general where fasting compromises an ill person’s pace of treatment or prognosis, they are ordered to refrain. Other exceptions include pregnant women nursing mother’s postpartum women children travelers and seniors who either cannot tolerate fasting or upon whom fasting is harmful. The month of Ramadan is a time of reflection and self improvement in terms of oneself one’s behavior with other people and one’s relationship with the divine.
Fasting has much inner and outer wisdom underlying it. It is a way for a person to feel solidarity with the millions of poor and hungry people around the world who are fasting day and night without a choice. People usually take food and water for granted and rarely ever feel real hunger and so don’t think about those who are suffering. Fasting is a means for one to share a little bit in the pain the millions of others go through every day.
You feel more motivated to give to charity to help those who are in need in societies more susceptible ones. Fasting means abandoning and this abandoning entails physical actions such as eating drinking and abstract actions such as abandoning one’s ego and becoming totally selfless and annihilated in the divine. Beside the above activities, Muslims send Ramadan Wishes Quotes in Arabic to each other.