Welcoming Ramadan

Muslims around the world celebrate the arrival of the holiest month of the year. During Ramadan, Muslims from all continents unite in a period of fasting and spiritual reflection. Each year, Muslims spend the ninth month of the Islamic calendar observing a community-wide fast. The annual fast of Ramadan is considered one of the five "pillars" of Islam. Muslims who are physically able are required to fast each day of the entire month, from sunrise to sunset. The evenings are spent enjoying family and community meals, engaging in prayer and spiritual reflection, and reading from the Qu'ran.

As a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self-sacrifice, Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking.

Muslims are called upon to use this month to re-evaluate their lives in light of Islamic guidance. We are to make peace with those who have wronged us, strengthen ties with family and friends, do away with bad habits -- essentially to clean up our lives, our thoughts, and our feelings. The Arabic word for "fasting" literally means "to refrain" - and it means not only refraining from food and drink, but from evil actions, thoughts, and words.

During Ramadan, every part of the body must be restrained. The tongue must be restrained from backbiting and gossip. The eyes must restrain themselves from looking at unlawful things. The hand must not touch or take anything that does not belong to it. The ears must refrain from listening to idle talk or obscene words. The feet must refrain from going to sinful places. In such a way, every part of the body observes the fast.

Therefore, fasting is not merely physical, but is rather the total commitment of the person's body and soul to the spirit of the fast. Ramadan is a time to practice self-restraint; a time to cleanse the body and soul from impurities and re-focus one's self on the worship of God.

Happy Ramadan from SEMALU.



Comments

Purpleheart said…
Selamat menyambut ramadan, selamat berpuasa...
McBudu said…
PurpleH: Terima Kasih, semoga Ramadan ini memberi lebih kenikmatan kepada anda dan keluarga.
lkc_lai said…
Selamat berpuasa Mcbudu,

This is my 3rd year fasting and I wish this year I am able to complete the fasting day.

For your information, this year I realised that I more productive during fasting month. I woke up at 5am and after solat subur, I start my work until 5pm and do no feel the tireness. However, I have go for field work yet.

Let you know after the field work soon.

Thank you
McBudu said…
Lai, Congratulation, you have felt the sweetness in Puasa which many others (who have been puasa for ages)dont. It is not everyone can feel the sweetness in puasa. It is only been given to few chosen ones. And you are one of the few!
indica said…
Selamat berpuasa...dah nak setengah bulan ye...:)
McBudu said…
indica: sebatical leave ke yop, lama tak nampak....
indica said…
Tak le...cuti panjang je ...hehe.

Sejak di Arau, dah lama tak dengar lagu yg menginsafkan tu..mmg syahdu..

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