As you all may be aware, we are currently in the month of Ramadan. In this month, Muslims fast from dawn until dusk, abstaining from any food and drink. One common misconception is that fasting in the month of Ramadan is only avoiding food and drink, but this is not the case. Muslims try to avoid any bad habits they have and instead increase the number of good actions, with the hope that the bad habits are ridden of and any good actions we do become habit and continue after the month has ended.
During the month, Muslims try to read the Qur’an as much as possible, as we believe that the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in Ramadan, as mentioned in the reading. As well as this, we aim to attend the daily taraweeh prayers, which take place during the night. As a result of staying up for these prayers and waking up for the pre-dawn meal (suhoor), we often end up feeling quite tired during the day. However, I believe that by putting yourself through such a challenging experience, it is more rewarding not only in the eyes of God but also for yourself, as you are able to look back and be proud that you were able to accomplish the achievement of fasting for 30 days.
I believe another key aspect of Ramadan is to remind ourselves to be grateful for what we usually take for granted. It provides us with an opportunity to put ourselves in the shoes of what many less fortunate people are going through every day, not just for a month. Whilst we can have a table filled with food, these people are not guaranteed to eat anything. This also encourages us to give sadaqah or charity to help those in need.
I believe that Ramadan also provides an opportunity to develop your character, such as improving self-discipline. I am sure that my fellow Muslims will agree how tempting it can be when you are alone in a room with an item of food! However, it is small moments like this that mean the most in building up your self-discipline.
We are approaching the end of Ramadan, with the celebration of Eid occurring next week. Muslims are not allowed to fast on Eid, as it is a day to celebrate the completion of Ramadan. On this day we observe the Eid prayer in the morning and then spend the day with family and friends, usually eating lots of food!
To conclude, I would like to leave you with a quote: “You’re not you when you’re hungry.” So, if anyone you know is fasting, just keep that in mind.
Upper Sixth Form student