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Ramadan, a time for spiritual renewal

Updated on June 20, 2016

Every Muslim in the world fasts during Ramadan which is a month for the replenishment of the soul. It is a month of spiritual renewal between Man and God, and getting closer to Almighty.

It is a month of restitution, restoration and spiritual enlightenment of the soul carried by each individual into the hectic cycle of worldly affairs, its excesses and over-practices.

The 30-day month, give or take a day, depending on the sighting of the lunar moon, is a period of putting the brakes on, of re-establishing spiritual relations with God, and whose supreme feature is fasting from dawn till dusk for individuals, men, women, old and young.

Fasting is a must, the ultimate denial of rebuffing oneself from food and drink for a certain period of time.

Fasting also impels on people to abstain from sex during the day but is fine after sunset.

It calls upon them to be more forceful in their prayers—although the Salat, prostrating before God is five times a day is the same as in normal days, there is the convention of mosque praying at night—to continually utter versus from the Quran, either loudly or within oneself.

The fast as well demands people not indulge in "tongue wagging" talking too much, cursing and or gossiping especially about other people, and filling their conversation with the words of God and His spiritual Book, the Quran.

Although this is understood, it's difficult to enforce in a society of hundreds of people, thousands and millions, and is left to individuals to hold their tongues during the fast.

As Islamic countries make up around 1.5 billion people who fast all at the same time, a global phenomenon in itself, there will always be people who deviate and break the fast, but the general trend over the years decades and centuries, have been to show strength of force: Fasting for God Almighty.

This period is designed to stress not only that there is a direct link between the individual and God, but that there is a daily "nurturing" process whose accumulation are "finalized" during the holy month of Ramadan in the pledge of men and women to God.

Islam is not a religion of nation-states. Loyalty, allegiance is ultimately to a higher being, Allah.


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      Marwan Asmar 5 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      Thank you Yourglobalgirl

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      Yourglobalgirl 5 years ago from UK

      This is a lovely hub and very interesting

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      Naomi's Banner 6 years ago from United States

      Very interesting Hub and insight into the Islamic faith. Christian too fast bringing one closer to their God Yahweh and searching for deeper truths from above. I like to think it is a choice rather than an obligation as when you choose to show love to your mate rather than being obligated too. I am sure that God would prefer to have us desire to come closer to Him rather than be obligated to. Thanks for sharing insight into the faith of the Islam. Gossip should be avoided at all times as it is the most destructive non productive form of speech there is. God bless.

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      icciev 6 years ago from Kuwait

      Thanks Marwan for sharing this is great hub, voted up

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      Marwan Asmar 6 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      There is a lot of communality out there when you compare. I am glad you like the hub, thanks

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Great hub Amman. The reasons for fasting in the Christian faith are pretty much the same, to quiet the mind and flesh and turn our hearts and thoughts toward God. Often we fast gossip and even television. Thanks for sharing!

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      Marwan Asmar 6 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      Aside from the religious aspect fasting in healthy, giving your stomach a rest for one whole month is good for the digestive system which is a religious aspect as well. Thanks for comment

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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      Fasting is essential duty of all major religions of the world. I also fast sometimes. I am enlightened by the Islamic perspective on fasting because I understand fasting is one of the five duties of a Muslim.

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      Twilight Lawns 6 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      An interesting hub, but I am worried that you have given false information to those who are not of the Islamic faith. You say that the "supreme feature is fasting from dawn till dusk for individuals, men, women, old and young. Fasting is a must, the ultimate denial of rebuffing oneself from food and drinks for a certain period of time."

      You should know, my friend, my brother, that the elderly and the infirm and those who are ill are not obliged to Fast. If they are unable, they are encouraged to pay Zakat, in lieu of fasting but I would hate a non believer to assume that a Muslim who isn't fasting is not following one of the Five Pillars of Islam, and not being true to his or her faith, if he or she is old, infirm or ill.

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      Reena J 6 years ago

      When it is fasting i quickly get in mind only about The month of Ramadan... All people take fasting to salute God and please him...