Ibraheem, Idris – @the_legalhermit
Hmmm, I was asked by Zubair to write something on Ramadan and I will admit it took me like days before I could come up with this piece I am writing. I was challenged by different writer’s block and some other things kinds of block…
Anyway, here I am now, and I am going to go on and talk about Ramadan and the attitude of people, before, during and after… ok, ok, I will go straight to the point.
Ramadan is one of the four sacred months in Islam, and it is not a debatable fact that the Month of Ramadan is the most sacred of all the four sacred months.
The month of Ramadan is when Muslims from all over the world Fast as an act of worship to their Lord. And it should be noted that Fasting is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, in which a person must perform before he dies as long as he or she has the capacity to carry out the acts required in these Five Pillars.
The month of Ramadan is to me the month the month of ‘make-overs’, did I hear you ask “why?” well the reason why is very simple really, well let me illustrate what I mean.
Imagine these girls, who on a normal day is just a ‘Friday Muslim,’ I mean she is always going to mosque to pray on Fridays, but on every other day she is as oblivious to solat as it gets. You wouldn’t even know that she is a Muslim,
There are also those who are the dressers, these ones are those girls who before Ramadan wear dresses which we can be referred to as being religiously offensive. Anyway these set of folks will then during Ramadan turn a new leaf and will start dressing appropriately.
There is also this category of folks who will deny the fact that they even Muslim, till its Ramadan and you’d see them Fasting along with the Muslim nation, but when Ramadan is over they fall back to their personal denial of what they may or may not believe in.
Right now these set of folks mentioned above are the ones I can remember, however there are more folks out there who have their faults too and I the writer of this piece isn’t without my own fault too.
Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean we all shouldn’t try to be better persons when practicing our religion.
Islam isn’t a religion of a particular period, it is not a religion in which people should know that you are associated to / with when it is Ed El Fitr or Ed El Kabir i.e. people shouldn’t know you are Muslim when Muslims are celebrating the two Eds Celebrations.
If you are that type who is the ‘Friday Muslim’, please try and improve on your worship, try and put more time into worshipping your Lord God. What are expected of you are just the Five Daily prayers (Solat) and honestly, minus the prayer after the solat, the Five Prayers won’t even last an hour.
If you are one of those who only dress like a Muslim appropriately during the month of Ramadan, well I think it’s may be time to actually pick a side you want to fall on. Do you want to be seen as a Muslim all the time or do you just want to be seen as a Muslim during a particular period? And mind you no one is saying you should compulsorily wear or dress the whole nine yard, I am just saying why not at least be decent with that which you wear and add a scarf or an Hijab, as you think will be appropriate for you.
Ramadan is not a one month stand, where you decide to go back to that thing you stopped doing because doing it will break your fast, Ramadan is a month where you drop those bad and not so good deeds or things you may have been doing prior to the month with the intention of not ever picking up these deeds again.
Ramadan is the month of Forgiveness, going back to that deed we dropped because of Ramadan will practically defeat the purpose of your fast during the month itself.
We should all think about this in order to be better persons, because, hell is real after all.
Thank you for reading .