Nov 20, 2008, 4:06 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 keep the fast in the month of Ramadan, from the 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 exempt from fasting because of ill-health, some people 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 for forgiveness of the sins one may have committed in the past, and to express a 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.
Is it not lovely to see how some of our Muslim sisters dress during this period, veiling every part of their body, as opposed to a situation where they dress almost naked to the knees.
This attitude of dressing modestly and properly should be the norm, and should continue even after the Ramadan.
On a final note, we once again appeal to those well off to help the poor, during this period.