Ramadan Mubarak to all! This is a delayed post as we've been having a heatwave in England (yes its beautiful and sunny and SUMMER at last, but it's the wrong time for the people who are fasting).
Contrary to popular belief, Ramadan isn't about starving yourself from dawn till dusk to then stuff your face as much as possible once the sun has set.
|This isn't what we are supposed to do but IS what happens commonly|
Yes during the fast no food or drink is allowed, but there is a much more important factor for this month and that is the spirituality side. It's about submission and being the best person you can possibly be. Apart from food and drink, you give up worldly pleasures during the fast.
I often hear that the whole point of Ramadan is so we can feel hunger (therefore feel sorry for those who are poor and don't have food in abundance) but I disagree; It's about having a connection with Allah, his creation and with yourself. This month teaches patience, mercy and demonstrates the amount of self control one can have over their own actions WHEN they want to. What is the point of feeling sorry for those who are less fortunate if you don't do anything about it? Those people don't need our pity or sympathy, they need us to do something about it because we are fortunate enough to be able to do so. Charity (along with fasting) is one of the 5 pillar of Islam and has equal importance. The Prophet (p.b.u.h) said: " He is not a believer, who eats his fill while his neighbour is hungry." Who is your neighbour you may ask? Well for that I only need to direct you to the story of The Parable of the Good Samaritan .
Take this time to strive to be a better person and be grateful for the blessings in your lives.