This month which is created by Allah is an occasion during which Muslims get their faith renewed as well as energy and spirituality recharged for the rest of the year. So, on this great occasion, we earnestly implore to Allah the Merciful and the most Compassionate to show us the right path in order to do good deeds and to illuminate our lives with faith.
As a matter of fact, Ramadan in Islam is considered the month where extra effort needs to be exerted. One doesn’t spend fasting time by sleeping the whole day, but rather to feel the sufferings of less privileged ones and to be grateful to God for what he has given him. Work needs to continue as normal in Ramadan, and more time should be allocated for worshiping God.
In the early stages of Islam, many wars took place during Ramadan. Muslims fighters would fight while fasting without complaining and while achieving great victories.
This is why we should go on with our lives doing our work normally.
We can even exert more effort and achieve work more efficiently when we are fasting because of the spiritual conditions we would enjoy when knowing that we are obeying God.
In Islam, a great importance is given to Ramadan because it is a month of fasting, prayers, compassion, charity and reciting Quran. Fasting is one of the best ways for penance. We make an appeal to God’s forgiveness for our wrongs, committed knowingly or unknowingly. It further teaches us the virtue of self-control. By controlling our hunger and thirst for several hours, we learn how not to be distracted by the physical desires. Controlling physical desires is the surest way to scale the greatest height of spirituality.
In fact, by enduring the effect of hunger and thirst for such a long time, we come to realize the misery of the poor who stay in hunger for days and thus we sympathize with those who are in need.
In other words, fasting is an obligation for Muslims in order to make rich Muslims feel the suffering of their poor brothers and sisters. This is the true spirit of Ramadan that we should understand and act upon.
Therefore, Ramadan is by all means considered as a significant Islamic month for us all. We must keep its virtues in our mind and reflect them in all our thoughts and deeds.
Finally, it is particularly worthy to remember our Syrian brothers who are suffering the ravages of unjust war. Least what we should do towards them is to invoke Allah for having mercy on the martyrs, immediate recovery for the wounded and freedom for the detainees.
We should advise our Egyptian brothers and sisters to heal the communal rift that the enemies of Egypt are trying best tear in their nation.
They have to press the gap by adhering to democratic principles where no party or community is excluded from the participation in drawing the future of a new Egypt.
Abdulgabar is an English teacher in Taiz