Ramadhan Diaries: Welcoming Ramadhan…

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Ramadhan, common to all as the month of Fasting (temporary abstinence from food and drink during the day) is prescribed upon all Muslims as an act to build self-discipline and piety, compulsory in the Holy Month of Ramadan and highly encouraged elsewhere in the year.

Fasting encourages/requires us to step aside from our normal routines, and humble ourselves by experiencing hunger pangs of the poor and underprivileged, hence reflecting on what life would be like if we didn’t have enough to eat and drink.

Fasting also increases our self-discipline, helping us to break free from our daily addictions and indulgences and giving us the opportunity to focus on something bigger than  our next meal. Fasting therefore combines various  benefits, physical and spiritual for  both to individuals and society.

However, acquiring these benefits requires that one prepare adequately for the month of Ramadhan. It is important to understand WHY we fast…

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