Navigating through the dynamics of holy Ramadan
As Ramadan is just knocking at our doors with its endless blessings, we are ready to rediscover the dynamics of this holy month. It is a time of spiritual renewal and self-discipline when Muslims abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs from dawn till dusk as an act of worship and devotion.
However, adapting to a new lifestyle and changing daily routines can be challenging. But with some preparation and planning, this month can become a time of growth and positive change with the unique sense of solidarity and empathy it brings among Muslims as they experience hunger and thirst together.
During Ramadan, Muslims are encouraged to prioritise their spiritual health over physical health. They spend more time in prayer and religious activities. People wake up earlier than usual to have their pre-dawn meal, known as Sehri and fast until sunset. Many Muslims adjust their work schedule during Ramadan to accommodate their fasting so that they can focus on their religious obligations.
In addition, many Muslims try to give up bad habits during Ramadan, such as smoking or overeating. This is a time to reset our minds and bodies and become better versions of ourselves.
Food habit change
During Ramadan, Muslims break their fast with a sunset meal called Iftar. The Iftar meal is typically a feast of delicious foods, which can significantly change food habits. However, it is important to remember that Ramadan is not just about feasting but also restraint and self-discipline.
One of the positive changes that Ramadan brings in our lives is that it helps us appreciate our blessings, such as food and water, and be more grateful for them. Fasting also helps build empathy for less fortunate people who cannot afford to eat regularly.
Dealing with cost
Ramadan can be expensive for those who may have to purchase special foods for Iftar. But it is important to remember that Ramadan is not about spending money but about giving to others and being charitable. The extra cost can be managed if people plan ahead. Making a list of all the expenses during Ramadan, including food, decorations, and donations and then allocating a specific amount of money for each item can save the extra expense. Having homemade food instead of restaurants is another way to deal with the cost.
Being more religious
Ramadan is a time for spiritual growth and reflection. It is a time to strengthen one's relationship with God and to focus on one's faith. During Ramadan, Muslims are encouraged to read the holy Quran, attend the mosque more regularly, and spend time praying and meditating. Many try to recite the holy Quran regularly this month. People perform religious activities till late at night. It is a time to reflect on our actions and make positive life changes.
Helping the poor
Ramadan is a time for giving to others and helping those in need. Many big-hearted Muslims donate money or food to the less fortunate during Ramadan to fulfil their religious obligations and help those struggling. This act of charity brings joy and fulfilment to the person giving. It reminds us that we are all part of a larger community and have a responsibility to help others.
Increased focus on community
Ramadan is a time for Muslims to unite as a community and strengthen their bonds. Many mosques and community centres hold special events during Ramadan, such as Iftar Mahfil, community prayers, and lectures on Islamic topics. It is a time to build relationships with others, share meals and experiences, and support one another in their spiritual journeys.
Increased self-awareness and reflection
Ramadan is a time for self-reflection and self-awareness. It is a time to step back from our hectic daily routines and focus on our inner selves. Muslims are encouraged to examine their actions and behaviours and to seek forgiveness for any wrongs they have committed. It is a time to identify weaknesses and work on improving inner souls. By doing so, people become better individuals and contribute positively to their families, communities, and society.
Ramadan is a time of great spiritual growth and self-reflection. By making lifestyle changes, helping the needy, and being more religious, people can experience the transformative power of Ramadan. Ultimately, the holy month is an opportunity to spiritually connect with god, seek forgiveness, and engage in acts of charity that benefit individuals and communities.