As Salaam Alaikum, may peace and blessings be upon you. Yes, it is me, I am back. After a long break from blogging I have returned and I have to say I really missed it.
It is currently the blessed month of Ramadhan; for Muslims all around the world, Ramadhan Mubarak. The last ten days are upon us.
Sawm is the Arabic word for fasting, and it is in fact one of the five pillars of Islam. Ramadhan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. This blessed month consists of all Muslims to participate in fasting, apart from those that are physically or mentally unwell , as may those who have not yet reached puberty, those who are old, those who are pregnant, breast-feeding, menstruating, or travelling.
Fasting consists of refraining from eating and drinking, engaging in sexual activity and smoking from dawn until dusk.
Muslims fast because God has ordained us to in order to learn self-discipline, to understand what it is like for those who are less fortunate, to give to charity and learn generosity, to gain a stronger spiritual bond with God, to appreciate everything God has provided us with and many more reason.
The Holy Quran, was also revealed in the blessed month of Ramadhan to the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessing be upon him.) Many Muslims attempt to read the whole Quran at least once in Ramadhan.
The first quarter is known for the mercy of Allah. The second quarter is forgiveness and the last quarter is salvation and release from Hell.
Ramadhan also teaches you to respect others. As Muslims, even though we shouldn’t and it is wrong, many people use vulgar language. Even if you don’t mean something in a bad way, you should always respect for everyone around you, regardless of age, gender, race, religion or even sexuality. There isn’t any reason for using swear words in your everyday life. Always think before you speak, you don’t want to offend someone even if you didn’t mean to.
Just to put this in there, the recent events in London and Manchester are extremely saddening. The terrorists who claim they act in the name of Allah and Islam, definitely do not know what Islam is even about. The Meaning of Islam: Islam is derived from the Arabic root “Salema”: peace, purity, submission and obedience. So how can a religion that is literally about peace, have anything to do with terrorism and hurting innocent lives. The most disgusting thing about the Manchester attack is that majority of the people that were affected were innocent children. May God protect us all.