Indore: Followers of Islam all over the world celebrate Ramzan as they develop inner strength and evolve spiritually while keeping fast during the holy month. Ramzan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which is observed to commemorate the first revelation of Quran to Prophet Muhammad. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
This year, Ramzan began on May 15 and will end on June 14 depending on appearance of crescent moon. The devouts shared their views with Free Press about Ramadan. Excerpts
Families quote and explain essence of Ramzan
Life is beyond material and survival
“Every religion teaches us good values. Life is not limited to luxuries, food or even survival. Our life has a deeper meaning. Understanding life requires one to pray and find one’s true self. Holy month of Ramzan reminds us that our prime aim is to understand life and not limit our life to materialistic world. Fasting is essential, because it is only then that we are able to look away from material goods. Those who are unable to fast due to illness, pregnancy or age can also feel the divine energy in this month.”
Time to give up addictions
“Fasting in Ramadan improves spiritual and physical health. Many Muslims also consider this holy month a great opportunity to make healthy changes to their lifestyles. It is a transforming month if practiced correctly. It is our annual body training for appetite control and to have a balanced diet. One can shed excess weight during the month. Ramzan is an ideal time for many individuals to quit smoking. All addictions are prohibited in Islam.”
Growing spiritually without retreating from routine
“Fasting does not mean Muslims retreat from their daily routine; rather they are encouraged to continue normal work. In fact, this is where the challenge of patience and endurance lies. We believe fasting is not merely a physical ritual but is a time for reflection and spiritual rejuvenation. During Ramzan, we wake up early for preparation of Sahari (eating before sun rise) and then Salat.
Managing work-life balance during Ramzan is bit challenging as we sleep less and spend our time in reading Quran and performing namaz along with office work.”
India supports all religions
“We love freedom of religion and have respect for other Indian festivals. Most companies provide flexible timing during Ramzan, allowing us time to pray. Some companies even provide facility to break fast within company premises. We can proudly say that this is India, where people support each other in every way possible.
We observe tight schedule during Ramzan. Our day starts at 3.30 am and ends late night. Though it is tough to maintain energy level in the scorching heat, Allah gives us strength and more energy than usual. During Ramzan, the gates of heaven are open wide. Just as the word of God comes down, the prayers of humans reach God more efficaciously than any other time.”
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