ASU, Phoenix, Arizona
It is the first time ever for me to observe Ramadan abroad especially in the USA. Its really a wonderful experience. Afridi ,thank you very much for Biriani and food during Ifter almost all Ramadan. Being a non Muslim, our friend Mukesh always attend Ifter. I miss my country food this time. During Ramadan people of our country eat huge food during Iftar.
Allah the Merciful has said in Holy Quranul Karim “O Believers it has been made incumbent upon you fast during the month of Ramadan as it was made incumbent upon your forefathers in order that you may follow the path of piety.” Actually, Ramadan is month of patience, love, piety and forgiveness.
For any sane and healthy person of appropriate age it is obligatory to fast in the month of Ramadan. To desist from fasting is a sin and not to believe in it is downright infidelity. Therefore one must fast and encourage others to do likewise. Encouragement for pious deed is also a pious act.
Ramadan, one of the pillars of Islam, is not something extraneous but is fulfilled only through scrupulous performance of the duties enjoined upon the faithful. One of the duties is to offer salat or prayer, salat cannot be neglected and during Ramadan salat along with “Tarabith” has an added importance.
During Ramadan one must take good care of the poor and the distressed. If someone keeps in mind Allah’s benevolence and offers Iftar to a fasting person, then that act wipes out his sins and saves him from the torments of hell. Similarly, during Ramadan if one shows affection and kindness to parents, neighbours and others, for them Allah has infinite mercy and benevolence.
Ramadan is not only for fasting it helps us to dedicate those are in need. Feel the feeling of the hungry people.
In this month of Ramadan
I pray to ALLAH:
Oh ALLAH grant them peace who are poor from your endless pity
Oh ALLAH help the people of Pakistan to survive from the recent flood
In this holy month of Ramadanul Mubarak
Those with sealed heart and close minded
Oh ALLAH grant them knowledge from your eternal word
Oh ALLAH show them the right path and grant them understanding to become a truly human being
ASU, Phoenix, Arizona