Volume 90, Issue 65

Tuesday, January 21, 1997



Ramadan: purity and perfection

Re: Ramadan

To the Editor:

Among the usual hustle and bustle on campus there is something very special that is taking place. For Muslim students on campus, Jan. 10 marked a very significant day – the first day of Ramadan. This is a truly blessed month for every believing man, woman and child because it is the month in which the Holy Qur'an was revealed.

During this holy month Muslims throughout the world fast. Fasting can be defined as abstaining from food from sunrise to sunset. However, fasting is not all that Ramadan is limited to. Ramadan serves as a reminder to what it means to be Muslim. It teaches us to worship God, pray five times a day and to give to others without expecting rewards. Ramadan is about striving to live a life of purity and perfection.

The following are a few reasons why we as individual Muslims fast:

1. To build our inner strength.

2. To suffer and refrain from temptation, to increase our self-control.

3. To fulfil one of the obligatory duties of being a Muslim.

4. To help each other and every one of us to improve our lives.

5. To be thankful for all that we have.

There is one reason why Muslims fast as a nation of believers. Simply, it is so that every time we feel the pangs of hunger in our stomachs we remember our brothers and sisters who feel these pangs because they have nothing to eat.

The end of Ramadan is celebrated with Eid-al-fitr. On this happy day all Muslim brothers and sisters come together at the Mosque to pray. Following Eid prayers everyone wishes one another Eid Mubarak which means congratulations.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all Muslim brothers and sisters Ramadan Mubarak.

Ghazala Darr
Arts I

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