So, today is the first of Ramadan, and those of you who don’t know, Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar and observing it is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is also a merciful month.
For 30 days, Muslims keep a fast from sunrise to sunset. Fasting is obligatory upon all Muslims, but only if they’re physically and mentally fit. Those who have it optional are the elderly, the pregnant and the chronologically ill. But then again, if a Muslim cannot keep a fast for such reasons, then it is his/her duty to feed the poor, if they can financially afford to do so.
During this month, a Muslim doesn’t just refrain from eating and drinking. He/she refrains from all impure, evil and wrongful thoughts, actions and deeds because it is also a test of his/her patience. It is required on all Muslims to give charity to the poor. Also, the rewards of good deeds are multiplied during this month.
In general, I think this month opens up our hearts with generosity and empathy to the poor. We understand what the poor go through every day when they don’t have enough to eat, and have to spend the entire day without basic necessities.
Water, during this month, becomes a blessing. How many of us have not appreciated the food on our plates, the clothes on our back and the roof over our heads? How many of us have taken these blessings for granted? I know I have. This month teaches me to be kind and charitable to the poor, and makes me understand and feel compassionate to their troubles and sorrows. It also teaches me to be thankful for everything I have right now.
This is what Ramadan is about. This is what we are about.
Ramadan Mubarak to y’all! xx God bless! 🙂