Monday, July 26, 2010

Ramadan is all about love of God By: Hesham Hassaballa

In the Name of God, the Subtle, the Loving 
As the holy month of Ramadan quickly approaches, I must admit feeling not a small amount of dread: the days of Ramadan are going to be substantially longer for the years to come. Because of the lunar calendar, the month of Ramadan moves earlier each year by about 11 days. Thus, it is not too long before we will have long fasts in the heat of the summer.

Those are real fasts

And I fully admit that this dread I have is out of weakness: weakness to forgo food and drink for a portion of the day for the sake of the Precious Beloved. Yet, I do not hesitate to ask Him for everything I need in life, knowing that He will not fail to deliver.

That is why I need to stop and reflect about the essence of the fast: indeed, it is a spiritual - more than physical - exercise at increasing one's piety. Indeed, fasting is a way for those who are more fortunate to feel for those who are less fortunate, those who forgo food and drink, not by choice, but out of sheer poverty. Indeed, fasting teaches one patience and generosity.

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