Non-Muslims' Views on Ramadan

Shakira
Post : January 16, 2023

Since Ramadan is in 65 days, let’s talk about it. Muslims worldwide look forward to Ramadan, a special and holy month. It is not just a month of fasting but also a time to improve one's relationship with God and become a better person. Non-Muslims may have questions about Ramadan, and this blog aims to address their views and inquiries.

Why Do Muslims Fast?

Fasting during the month of Ramadan is a mandatory duty for all adult Muslims and is one of the five pillars of Islam. 

The purpose of fasting is to remind Muslims of the less fortunate and to show gratitude to God for His blessings. Ramadan is an eagerly anticipated time of year, as it teaches patience, compassion, and empathy and encourages Muslims to assist those in need.

Don't Muslims Even Drink Water During Fasting?

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims are required to fast as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The fast is observed from sunrise to sunset, abstaining from all food and drink, including water. It is important to note that even a sip of water during the hours of fasting will nullify the fast. 

This is a significant aspect of the Ramadan fast. It not only requires physical discipline and self-control but also serves as a reminder of the less fortunate and an opportunity to practice empathy and gratitude. This act of fasting is mandatory for all healthy adult Muslims and is a time for spiritual reflection, self-improvement and devotion to God.

Is It Compulsory for Every Muslim to Fast in the Month of Ramadan?

Fasting during Ramadan is compulsory for every healthy, sane adult Muslim. The elderly, children who have not reached puberty, travellers, those who are physically and mentally incapable of fasting, and pregnant, menstruating and breastfeeding women are all exempted from fasting. 

How Many Hours Should a Muslim Keep Up Their Fast?

Muslims fast from dawn to sunset during the entire month of Ramadan. The number of daylight hours can vary depending on where you are in the world. 

Muslims living in certain parts of the world can experience long hours of fasting while others have less. No matter which country you live in, fasting begins at dawn and ends at sunset. 

Don't Muslims Feel Hungry or Thirsty While They Fast?

Muslims feel hungry and thirsty while fasting, but the goal is not to give in. This is why the month of Ramadan is so special. It purifies the soul and teaches Muslims to remain patient. 

Muslims are supposed to feel the hunger of the poor. This makes them want to help the needy and feed the poor. 

Refraining from desires is the challenge. Learning to control oneself and remembering that it is done for the greater purpose of pleasing the Almighty. 

What If Muslims Miss a Few Days of Fasting?

All the Muslims who have missed days of fasting in the month of Ramadan are supposed to make it up before the arrival of the next Ramadan. 

The way to pay back the missed days of fasting is to fast the exact number of missed fasts on any normal day. For example - maybe you missed 3 days of fasting during Ramadan last year, and then you have to fast 3 days before the next Ramadan. 

What are the Benefits Of Fasting?

Observing fasting during Ramadan has a number of positive impacts on health and well-being apart from the blessings of Allah for fulfilling one of the most important pillars of Islam. 

Fasting cleanses the body of harmful toxins. Since your body gets natural detoxification, it helps improve your lifestyle. The digestive system gets to rest as your body gets used to eating less. Frequent fasting also reduces your appetite. This can be more effective than certain diet practices. 

Studies show that fasting can improve memory and the capacity to learn, and the brain becomes adaptable to change and resilient to stress.  

Conclusion

Now you know that the month of Ramadan is not only for abstaining from food and drink but a month dedicated to getting closer to the Almighty. 

It is also a time for Muslim families to get together and involved in religious activities and enjoy Allah's blessings. The month of Ramadan also enhances willpower and self-control, along with various other health benefits.

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