Sep 12, 2008, 7:47 AM
We are told in one of the suras of the Holy Qur'an that, it is compulsory on all able-bodied men and women who have reached the age of 18 years and above, to fast the month of Ramadan, from beginning to the end.
However, it is not uncommon to see people complaining of one form of sickness, just to excuse themselves from observing this very important pillar of the Islamic faith.
They will say "I'm suffering from ulcer or I went through operations and the doctor advised me not to fast."
While there are genuine cases where others may be exempted from fasting because of ill-health, some of these elements do not care to eat and drink, and even smoke openly, without giving due consideration to others.
As Muslims Ramadan is a period when one should seek Allah's blessing, and ask forgiveness of the sins one may have committed in the past, and to express willingness not to continue offending God.
Remember that Allah hears and sees everything we do!
The other important aspect that catches our attention is the issue of dress code, especially of our womenfolk.
Isn't it lovely to see how some of our Muslim sisters dress during this period, veiling every parts of their body, as opposed to situation where they dress almost naked to the knees.
This is the attitude that should continue even after the Ramadan ends.
Congregational prayer is also another key area that Muslims should consider at all times, and not only during the fasting periods. Often mosques are during this time of the year crowded with worshippers, who either read or listen to recitation of Holy Qur'an or pray in a congregation. However, it is the opposite after the month of Ramadan.On a final note, we once again appeal to those well off to help the poor during this period.