Ramadan Kareem!

Ramadan kareem vector wallpaper Arabic Islamic calligraphy To one and all, Ramadan Kareem! I am many days late to wish it.. but, here we go!

The month of fasting, the month of forgiveness and blessings. It is one of the months of the Islamic calendar that is said to host the revelation of the Holy Quran*. Ramadan is not just about staying hungry or thirsty all day for a month for dawn till sunset – that is just one of the visuals of self-discipline.

Ramadan is about keeping our egos hungry. And how does one do that?

Like one of my friends had reminded me – it is fasting, not only of the stomach, but of the eyes, and ears, and the tongue, and the heart. And to achieve it, one must simply try to by stay away from wrong doing. Wrong doing that is very common among humans which includes anger, lying, back biting, hurting others, disrespecting elders, and so on. This is what Muslims (and other people that I have heard who fast) around the world do their best to observe while fasting, and Ramadan is just this one month that comes around every year as a reminder as to what a good natured human must be throughout a year than rather just for a month.

Anyone who fasts around the world, would fast from dawn till sunset. The person would keep their fast by eating a meal (Suhur*) which includes different items according to each country (for example, we eat paratha* and some curry along with vermicelli dessert, finishing off with tea and water). We carry on with out daily routine minus the food and water, and minus the harmful situations that might entertain our egoistic nature.

Then comes the time for breaking the fast. It is called “Ïftari”* commenced by the evening prayers (Maghrib)*. This is when we break our fasts by eating dates and drinking water and then the other food items. The main being dates which are said to restore all the sugar that the body needed for the day.

And to think! After fasting, such a food item exists, that would actually restore all the sugar requirement of the body! SubhanAllah*!

It is also said that “the gates of hell are closed and the devils are chained.” 

A question then arises: “Then why do people still sin? “. And I have just one answer for this:

images It becomes a habit. Our bad deeds. If the main source of evil is locked up, and we still continue to sin, then it is time to keep a check on ourselves and our behaviour. Not eating or drinking helps to remind us to keep a check on ourself. To feel the hunger and thirst of humans that are less fortunate than us. To know how blessed we actually are.

Fasting is a form of detox for the body and the soul. And it should be carried on not just for one month, but for months to come.

*The Vocab:

Holy Quran:   the divine revelation of Allah (swt) to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw)

Suhoor: the meal consumed early in the morning by Muslims before fasting, sawm, in daylight hours during the Islamic month of Ramadan.

Paratha: a flat, thick piece of unleavened bread fried on a griddle.

Iftari: the meal eaten by Muslims after sunset during Ramadan.

Maghrib: evening prayers

SubhanAllah: Glory (be) to God

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6 thoughts on “Ramadan Kareem!

  1. Thanks for that explanation – we tend to dismiss it just something a bit quirky. The benefits of fasting are well-known, though I’d have a problem as I don’t like dates – could I have figs instead?!

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    • Oh yes! even figs are good and healthy! You can have anything ranging from dates, figs, a pinch of salt – anything that you want. It is not “necessary” to have dates but, because it is said that the dates help to restore the necessary sugars that the body did not have during the fasting period, you are recommended to have dates.
      In fact, there was a time when even I did not like dates. Later, I came to know that there are so many different varieties of dates – soft ones, hard ones. The soft dates are the best and if possible try to have the dates that are from Saudi Arabia. They are really delicious and soft and you would want more than one !!
      Happy Ramadan to you btw! 😀

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  2. Thank you for this little write up, which gave me a fascinating look into the practice. Man, I tried to just fast on Ash Wednesday this year and fell flat! I really admire the devotion and what it represents, and I like how you connected the dots between this holy observance and everyday life throughout the year, as well as not being a fast just from food but from other things too. Thank you for posting this and I hope that you and other members of your faith have a blessed observance that brings you closer to God.

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    • Thank you for reading and I really appreciate your understanding!
      and yes! At the end of the fast we all fall flat I believe ahaha xD
      What I have observed though that at the time of breaking the fast I do not feel hungry at all – tired yes, but not hungry. It is very surprising to me, although I guess it might be the daily routine and habit of having dinner at just about one hour later after iftari in the normal days.
      Thank you for such kind words and hope blessings reach to one and all by virtue of Ramadan

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