Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Why do Muslims fast during Ramadan?

Muslims all around world, do fast in the month of Ramadan, because fasting in the month of Ramadan is mandatory for every Muslim for men and women. It is one of the five pillars of Islam, what is important is to appreciate is, the reason behind fasting, what are the reasons and what do they mean to Muslims, is the question, what many Muslims and Non Muslims ask.

It is very important for a Muslim, to show his or her intention of fasting, during Ramadan, it means they recite a short prayer of intent either before they sleep or just before suhoor(the pre fast meal). Fasting is an Arabic word which mean ‘To Refrain’ to discipline yourself, to restrain yourself to do certain things, which could be quite normal, during the rest of the year. It is also meant to teach Muslims to appreciate, how much better off they are, than millions of other fellow Muslims.

So by not drinking and not having food, in the day light and thinking of those much less fortunate, than us, for whom there is a shortage of water, food is a way of life, not something done for one month only. But by imagining ourselves in the place of the less fortunate. It is hoped that we should be not only be more sensitive to those less fortunate, but to try to do something practical to help them.  

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