Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic Hijri calendar, is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting which starts and ends with the visual sightings of the crescent moon. Fasting is obligatory for adult Muslims during which no food or drink is consumed from sunrise till sunset and it is believed that fasting helps the Muslim learn patience, modesty, and spirituality.
What is the true meaning of Ramadan and why is it compulsory for Muslims to fast ?
Yes but what is the true meaning of Ramadan and why is it compulsory for Muslims to fast and endure hunger and thirst especially during the hot summer months?
Every year the percentage of hunger and starvation is increasing and we hear a lot of people die of hunger especially in the poor and developing countries. The biggest problem facing the world today is not people dying in the streets but rather the lack of a sense of caring for those disadvantaged people.
Through Ramadan, God is asking us to think about these people, and feel their hunger through fasting, because to God we are all equal. Fasting provides the opportunity for the faster to feel the pain and agony that a poor person is going through.
God has made fasting compulsory so that the rich feel the pain of hunger so they have a mercy upon the poor. A fasting person is also expected to pay money (Zakatul-fitreh) which is compulsory and is regarded as the compilation of fasting to feed a group of poor people with.
Moreover, a religious fasting is not just a physical diet program, it’s a spiritual detoxification and healing for the mind and body. When we fast from food we are expected to also fast from all harmful and forbidden actions and intentions. Fasting teaches punctuality, patience, contentment and many others that unless one fasts cannot really realize them.
Fitness First Team