Ramadan-the holy month for self-restraint, dedication and service

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Mohammed Alauddin
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

Mohammed Alauddin
ASU, Phoenix, Arizona

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With a master's degree in sociology from the University of Chittagong, Mohammed Alauddin is the information and communication coordinator for Caritas, a non-governmental organization engaged in international emergency relief response, community building and justice advocacy efforts. He produces videos, press releases, newsletters and reports.

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5 Comments on “Ramadan-the holy month for self-restraint, dedication and service”

  1. I also like biriani from Afridi!

    I have to admit that last Sunday noon I enchant Alauddin about Indian Buffet. But he followed the religious instrustions and successfully resist the temptation of his favorite food.

  2. Right you are brother about Ramadan and you are always welcome. Rather I am thankful to you and brother Ropeta to be around when I enjoy the most relaxing time of my day.

  3. My Dear friend Alauddin,
    although you mention something very nice, when i read your post first i felt really bad. Maybe it is because of the fact that you are using certain deductions in your post like the following: “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.”. As human beings, i dont think that we are in a position to say that what is a sin or what is not. I believe that we should refrain from blaming someone for committing a sin. It is impossible for a third person to explain why a person does not behave the way we wanted. And i believe we are not in a position to decide about that. Therefore, i think we should be really careful while writing on these kind of sensitive issues. Since i know that you are such a kind person and you would not make such simple dedeustions about people it is not a problem. However, if some uneducated people read what you have written and really believed in that, than this may cause some serious problems. I am always ready to share my views on the subject with you.

    1. Dear Serpil,


      Its not my words. Its the words from Allah and Hadith.
      More Hadith for your information:
      Narrated Abu Huraira(r.a): The Prophet said:”… whoever fasts during Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari).

      “…whoever witnesses the Month of Ramadan should fast through it…” Q (2:185)

      “Ramadan is the (month) in which the Quran was sent down, as a guide to mankind and a clear guidance and judgment (so that mankind will distinguish from right and wrong)..” (Q 2:183)

      “Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you many learn piety and rightousness” (Qur’an, al-Baqarah, 2:183)

      “…And it is better for you that ye fast, if ye only knew.” (Q 2:184)

      The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) addressed his companions on the last day of Sha`ban, saying, “Oh people! A great month has come over you; a blessed month; a month in which is a night better than a thousand months; month in which Allah has made it compulsory upon you to fast by day, and voluntary to pray by night. Whoever draws nearer (to Allah) by performing any of the (optional) good deeds in (this month) shall receive the same reward as performing an obligatory deed at any other time, and whoever discharges an obligatory deed in (this month) shall receive the reward of performing seventy obligations at any other time. It is the month of patience, and the reward of patience is Heaven. It is the month of charity, and a month in which a believer’s sustenance is increased. Whoever gives food to a fasting person to break his fast, shall have his sins forgiven, and he will be saved from the Fire of Hell, and he shall have the same reward as the fasting person, without his reward being diminished at all.” [Narrated by Ibn Khuzaymah]


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