Ramzan, the real meaning, and expensive buffets!
Ramzan Mubarak, dear readers!
I hope your fasting days are going well so far! As I write this, my hunger pangs are JUST starting to kick in lol! On a side note though, Alhamdullilah, I've just been working from home and unlike spending the last 4 Ramzans in clinics, this one naturally seems easier. I've spent the day working on the blog and Inspire Me, and now the Aftari wait begins. Here's a look into some of the things I believe about fasting in Islam.
Ramzan is a wonderful reminder of the fact that beyond our physical selves, we have a spiritual being to cater to. More often, we worry and cater to our physical needs, the top of which being food and sex. With Ramzan, we are supposed to give these up for a few hours in a day so that we may focus on our spiritual well-being instead and look at ourselves beyond our physical existence. That's what makes fasting an absolutely spiritual process, not physical. We tend to reduce its meaning to restraining to cater to physical needs but in reality, its more than that. It's FEEDING THE SOUL.
Ramzan is about modesty in consumption. It reminds us to give up wasteful and extravagant attitudes whether we can afford it or not. It's a pop of your bubble, your connection between rich and poor, reaffirmation of a world beyond yours. Going for expensive dining out experiences and grand buffets completely destroys the purpose that was modesty in consumption. If we spend the whole day trying to learn a lesson regarding wastefulness and modesty in consumption, does it make sense to give that up and spend like a mad person on food the very second time' is over? I don't think so. Here I'll take a moment to say A. please don't destroy the purpose, and B. please discourage restaurants doing this BY NOT GOING to them.
Another wonderful thing about Ramzan, is its lesson regarding self-control. I believe Allah chose for us to give up food, drink, and sexual behaviour because those are things we find the MOST difficult to refrain from. If we can master a control over them, we can learn to control ourselves in anything. If we can control our anger or moods, WHILE feeling SUPER hungry, we can completely do it on a full stomach. It reminds you of your strength, your patience, your ability to control and your will-power. It reminds you to take your will-power seriously. and that you have it! You only thought you didn't.
Being able to control desires sets us apart from all other animals. Animals do not have it in them to control their instincts, hunger, moods, thoughts, physical needs. But we do. We can feed our souls and focus on the mind. We can actually win with mind over matter. AND I personally think, THATS PHENOMENAL.
Fasting in Islam holds a lot of meaning. It amazes me to think how Allah has incorporated such a great concept in our religion. All we need to do, is SEE IT for what it is. I hope this Ramzan brings a great amount of love, peace, patience, and spiritual experiences your way. Enjoy Ramzan, feed your soul, and detoxify your body!
Love and Positive Vibes Only,