Ohhh yeah, Ramadan is here! ❤ A super-awesometacular month where Muslims all around the world fast (everyday, from sunup till sundown), and spread peace, love and harmony to everyone around them 🙂
Well to be honest this time fasting is gonna be super hard, because where I live, we’re facing a scorching hot weather of 110 degrees Fahrenheit. So not consuming ANYTHING except warm oxygen for 15 hours straight everyday for thirty days seems like a pretty hard feat. It can sure bring out the worst in us, but that’s the beauty of Ramadan: it teaches us patience and empathy.
Some Muslims have a little misconception in their minds that this is a month of dieting in the day and having extravagant feasts at night. What they forget is that Ramadan’s basic objective is to put us in the shoes of the underprivileged. To put us in the place of those people who don’t get to drink clean water or have one decent meal all day, everyday, maybe for their entire lives. To make us feel thankful for the blessings we have in our lives and in return develop a habit of giving to the poor. Trust me, when you take that first sip of cold water and the first bite of the meal when your throat and stomach is screaming with excruciating thirst and hunger, it can make you cry tears of joy.
It should be noted that I said “develop a HABIT of giving to the poor.” Our basic Islamic teachings tell us that giving alms must NOT be limited to just this one month. When you feel empathy for the poor and give them some money or something to eat on a regular basis for a month it can help you develop a habit of donating all ’round the year.
One must not forget that it also isn’t just about caring for the poor, it’s also about caring for everyone around you. There are some basic rules of Ramadan that must be followed during the fast and after it:
- Be nice to people.
- Don’t hurt anyone.
- Stop backbiting and judging others.
- Avoid feelings of bitterness for others.
- Do not lie, cheat, steal.
- Give out to the poor and care for them like your own brother or sister.
- Abstain from profanity, and anything vulgar.
- Spread harmony and love to everyone regardless of their belief system.
- Give hope to people.
- Win the love of God.
In short, do everything good and avoid everything bad. If you don’t adhere to these rules during Ramadan you will not receive the blessings and rewards of this holy month that are given to the ones who do.
I know that people of this world aren’t nice, including Muslims. I’m not talking about those (insert the F word) terrorists who give religion a bad name; I’m talking about the general population. We’re not good human beings. Everyone does everything in their power to further their own interests and not give a darn about others. But imagine a world where people follow these rules on a daily basis. These rules of not just being a good Muslim but of being a GOOD HUMAN BEING. No, I’m NOT imposing my religious beliefs on you, I’m talking about a world where everyone tries their best to be the best version of themselves, whatever their religion or belief (or disbelief if he/she is an atheist). Isn’t that a nicer world to live in?
This is what Ramadan tries to teach us. To develop a habit of being good to yourself and to others, not just for this month, but for the entire year. And if you forget these rules you get a refresher course the next year. Isn’t Ramadan awesome? 😀 I know 90% of the Muslim population forget all about it once the month has ended, but there are some people out their who take this as a new start towards leading a more joyous and harmonious life.
I myself have decided this year that I will now become the best version of myself. I had a lot of stupid distractions in my life that stopped me from realizing my full potential to be “good” but now those distractions are all gone so it’s the perfect time to turn my life around for the better; for myself and others around me. 🙂
Here’s hoping for a wonderful Ramadan ahead ^_^
Peace out to all my WP family. ❤