The month of Ramadan has once again begun. This month is a very special time in a Muslim's heart and soul. It is a time that The Almighty has bestowed many blessings in our lives. It is also a time for forgiveness, repentance, and an opportunity to earn countless rewards. It is very important to increase one's worship during Ramadan by reading Quran, praying 'extra' prayers--such as Tahajjud and Taraweeh, and being kind and doing good deeds. These good habits during Ramadan should also, God-willing, continue after the month of fasting has ended.
Fasting develops self-control and helps us to overcome selfishness, greed, laziness and other faults. It is an annual training program to refresh us for carrying out our duties towards the Almighty, the Creator and Sustainer.
Fasting gives us the feeling of hunger and thirst. We experience for ourselves what it is like to have an empty stomach. This develops our feeling for the poor and hungry people. Fasting teaches us to control the love of comfort. Also, it helps us to keep our sexual desires within control. Hunger, comfort, and sex are three factors which must be kept under control to behave as the Almighty's servants.
The purpose of fasting is to make a Muslim able to control his passions, so that he becomes a person of good deeds and intentions. Anger, a common human weakness, can also be brought under control by fasting. A Muslim is expected to keep away from all bad actions during his fast. He should not lie, break a promise or do any deceitful act.
During the month of Ramadan one should visit and offer prayers more frequently in the local Masjids. This is a time when Muslims must come together and show their strength in numbers in supporting their Masjids and Islamic centers. Ramadan is also a time for visiting our friends and families and sharing our meals with the less fortunate.
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