Volume 91, Issue 57

Friday, January 9, 1998

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OPINIONS
 

Muslim holy month of Ramadan

Re: Muslim holy month of Ramadan

To the Editor:
I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate all my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters on the advent of the holy month of Ramadan.

For anyone unfamiliar with Ramadan, allow me to relate to you that for the duration of this month, Muslims across the globe fast between sunrise and sunset. The Arabic word for fasting is siyam which means to take leave of something or avoid it. The Islamic definition of fasting encompasses the worship in which man willingly forsakes his legitimate needs of eating, drinking and other lawful pleasures in compliance with the commandments of God in his everyday life. This continues for a the entire month of Ramadan; the ninth of 10 months in the Muslim calendar.

Association of fasting with the month of Ramadan reminds Muslims that it was during this month that Allah perfected his message to man in the form of the holy Koran, his last book and revealed it to man through the Prophet Muhmamad.

Through fasting, Muslims seek closeness to God by obeying him sincerely and carrying out his will in daily tasks, actions and thoughts. Muslims must rise before dawn, resist food and drink during the day, keep a rigid schedule of prayer and remain anxious of serving God through good deeds and humble thoughts.

I wish all my fellow brother and sisters a successful and spiritual month of Ramadan.

Ghazala Darr
Arts II





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