Ramadan – Philosophy and Practical

Posted on 5/22/2017

The World is all set to welcome the holy month of Ramadan, in which month the physical and mental strength and feelings are aiming at attaining the zenith of realization, especially for the Muslim religion. This is the month in which the believers are ready to give up the luxuries in their lives, and immerse into the depth of prayers, forgiveness and love.

The basic acts of Islam consist of five pillars, faith, prayer, charity, fasting and pilgrimage to Mecca. Out of these all pillars except fasting can be considered as parts of daily life of Muslims. But fasting comes into the life only on the ninth of month of Islamic calendar, which is the month of Ramadan. The month of Ramadan is observed worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Mohammed according to Islamic belief.

Fasting or Sawm in this juncture means to abstain (from eating and drinking during daylight hours). But practically it denotes abstaining from all faces of life which gives pleasure and happiness. At this angle, the holiness of the month of Ramadan can be nutshelled as a month of abstaining from everything except concentrating on prayers and sacred activities of life, such as helping the needy, giving more charities, extending the kindness, etc. During this month, Muslims are instructed to refrain from the activities and sinful behavior that may negate the reward of fasting. This month serves a number of purposes for the believers. It offers a great chance to escape hedonistic and materialistic pursuits and gain spiritual proximity with Almighty through the attainment of taqwa, an Arabic term for God-consciousness. They curb their desire to gain self discipline which can protect them from over indulgence, becoming acutely aware of those less fortunate in the process.

Leaving behind the philosophy and principles of Ramadan, let us approach the mind-set up of a common man who observes fasting in the month of Ramadan. Without any knowledge of the underlying philosophy of inner meaning of each and every ritual, he or she observes fasting whole-heartedly and with a sacred mind. This means that even the most illiterate people observe fasting with an approach which gives them peace of mind, enrich the love towards poor, growing up a feeling of one amongst others, breaking of fasting as one among a big group, giving and taking respect among the society; and thereby sharing the feelings of haves and have-notes without any partiality.

Giving charity itself makes one equal to Almighty, because whatever be the thing given as charity is not that the giver does not want but it is the thing that the giver actually wants! If somebody gives something which he or she does not require, it cannot be said as charity, rather it is giving up. Thus the word ‘charity’ possesses a deep meaning than it sounds. Charity is sacred because it is a ‘giving up’ of something which you really need or require. Perhaps, this could the only reason that charity has been given such an importance in Holy Quran.

Another notable change during the month of Ramadan is the feeling of being equal. The rich and poor, the literate and illiterate, the boss and servant, everyone gets a feeling of one among the mass. The get together at the time of breaking fast in various places is a great example of simplicity, love and co-operation among the masses. All the believers are gathering at a particular place of their convenience, pray together for the well being of the entire world, and break the fasting with pure mind, love and affection.

Yes, the holy month of Ramadan witness the bridging of human beings as one and the same, without any social discrimination. The days are calm, evenings are sacred with prayers, and nights are full of happiness and colourful. The occasional prayers echoing in the atmosphere give the warmth of purity of human minds. We can see that the streets are crowded in the nights with families, kids and friends greeting each other with affectionate hug, restaurants busy in preparing special foods and decorating the area to attract more customers, other shops exhibiting latest products with special discounted rate, and so on.

A few experiences with friends and colleges at the time of breaking fast reminds me of my childhood when we kids used to share small pieces of chocolates and other eatables among ourselves. There had been no feelings of either shame or pride in receiving and offering such things. We feel that the same nostalgic period is getting repeated during Ramadan, particularly at the time of break the fasting. Everybody is a kid who offers of receives sweet and other eatables!

May the holy month of Ramadan bring peace, love and affection among human being.





Satheesh Varijakshan, Gulf Bank, Kuwait

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Satheesh Varijakshan, Gulf Bank, Kuwait



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