The new moon is the sign of the start of new Islamic month that comes with the festivities throughout the Muslim world. The holy month of Ramadan is all about fasting that brings a sense of togetherness which gives a break from daily routine life. Not only this, Ramadan is a way of training individuals and is a catharsis. Muslims are forbidden to drink or eat from Fajr till Maghrib.
One may deduce that not eating or drinking for such long period of time may cause agitation, short-temper, and frustration which is not the case here. On the other hand, this month is a big means of instigating empathy, tolerance, and patience among fasting observers. Ramadan is the time of reflection, introspection and veracious brooding upon individuals’ codes and moral conduct.
Sense of Togetherness
During Ramadan we see our mothers and sisters preparing rejuvenating drinks and scrumptious food for iftar. It unites family, friends, and neighborhood in harmony where the most precious meal of the day is shared that marks the sense of togetherness.
When the rumbling sounds are made by our stomach near the iftar time it is the time to realize that what only a day is for us is sadly a lifetime for needy and poor people. However, these people still fast during Ramadan that depicts how their faith does not waiver. This is truly applauding and aspiring conduct.
Brotherhood and Equality
Ramadan puts uniform duties and obligations equally on the poor and rich, lawyers and doctors, artists and engineers alike. This month eliminates differences in the light of brotherhood, equality, and fairness. Moreover, it diverts focus on others instead of oneself to help those in need and appreciate the blessings that Allah SWT has imparted to us.
It teaches us social harmony by eating together in harmony and disregarding nuances in gender, social status, cast, and race. At the end of each day, Taraweeh prayer which is an extended form of prayer invokes Muslim brotherhood elucidating the significance of unity.
Muslims come together and becomes whole although it is divided into fragments, pieces, and parts on the world map. All focus is on eliminating superficial differences and evoking tolerance, peace, and unity. Thus it teaches the lessons of refection, empathy and spiritual growth which is applicable in every religion of the world.
We experience a universal contentedness in Ramadan that unites all humans despite their religion. This month gives us an opportunity to every individual to help the needy with full zeal and zest.