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♥ Ramadhan is a special month of the year for all Muslims throughout the world. It is a time for inner reflection, devotion to Allah, and self-control. Muslims think of it as kind of tune-up for their spiritual lives. For Muslims, Ramadhan is a "month of blessings" marked by prayer, fasting and charity.
♥ Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam (rukun islam). The other are:
- belief & testimony in The One God/Allah (Shahaadah)
- prayer( salah/solat)- five times at its appointed times
- alms- giving (Zakat) - approx 2.5% of fixed assets annualy
- pilgrimage (Hajj/ Haji) to Makkah at least once in a life time.
♥ Fasting has many special benefits. Among these, the most important is that it is a means of learning self-control . Due to the lack of preoccupation with the satisfaction of bodily appeties during the daylight hours of fasting, a measure of ascendancy is given to one's spiritual nature, which becomes a means of coming closer to Allah. Ramadhan is also a time of intensive worship, reading of the Qur'an, giving charity, purifying one's behavior, and doing good deeds.
♥ As a secondary goal, fasting is a way of experiencing hunger and developing sympathy for the less fortunate and learning thankfulness & appreciation for all of Allah's bounties. Fasting is also beneficial to the health and provides a break in the cycle of rigid habits or overindulgence.
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