The holy month of Ramadan is a blessing sent to mankind. It is a month filled with Allah’s mercy and blessings as dajjal is chained, the gate of hell is closed and those of paradise are open, the reward for good are multiplied and peace, as well as kindness, is enjoined upon all Muslims.
During this month, it is mandatory for all Muslims to fast; abstain from food, drink, smoking and any sexual contact from sunrise to sunset, for a consecutive 29 days except in people who are excepted from doing so by the mercy of Allah; pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, infant, children and the elderly, the critically ill and travelers.
Many Muslims forget that beneath the simple definition of fasting lies more complex behavioural expectations. Muslims are mandated to fast for so many reasons only beneficial to them, they are expected to transform themselves by breaking bad and harmful habits as well as quitting any addiction that has become part of their lives during the 11 months of the year.
Over the years around the world, the practices of Islam and its rituals is becoming more cultural than a fully understood perfect way of life, with Muslims focusing only on the act of worship rather than the substance. We focus our attention more on the “how” and not the “why” indulging in practices that are contrary to the very essence of the month.
Below are few practices that go against the sole purpose of fasting during the month of Ramadan.
#1 Arguing over moon sighting
Moon sighting signals the commencement of the Ramadan fast, but today it has become an issue for the ummah with different sects bearing different opinions concerning the sighting of the moon. There are criteria used in moon sighting so its best to allow your Muslim leaders figure that instead of wasting time arguing about it. This only causes a division between the Muslims and that is contrary to the spirit of Ramadan.
#2.Over-eating at iftar and suhur
One of the lessons of Ramadan is that it teaches us self-control over things or heart desires we have become a slave to. Self-discipline should be our priority as we train our body and mind by denying them that which they strongly desire. In other words, it helps us take control of our body. Therefore, we should try and healthy and moderately at iftar and lose weight.
#3.Cheating, lying, backbiting, slandering, spreading rumours etc
The social media has made it easy for us to spread lies today. We might think or want to desist from all acts of lying, slandering, backbiting and many other vices forgetting about activities on the social media. You get a message and you forward it without confirmation are all ways by which we still engage all these acts.
#4.Increase consumption, waste and overspending
You might not believe it but do you know that families spend more and more food are wasted during Ramadan than any other month of the year? This is totally not the way Ramadan is supposed to be. It is supposed to be a month whereby the poor should be fed, refugees should be helped in fact people in distress should be given a helping hand, families should unit and friends should bond.
#5.Laziness and sleeping too much
Many of us do spend most of our Ramadan sleeping, playing games and watching seasons-upon-seasons of movies. In fact, some countries slow down completely during Ramadan. This shouldn’t be the case. Ramadan shouldn’t be an excuse for a lazy attitude.The objective of Ramadan is to encourage self-discipline among the ummah.
#6.Forgetting the poor
Ramadan is not a season for extravagance nor waste of food. It is a season to reflect on what others are going through. People from around the world go to bed every day with empty stomach and now you know how they feel. Ramadan is meant to unite both rich and the poor in prayer, in zikr, in iftar and in enjoining good.
#7. Getting angry and losing control
Self-control and self-discipline are very important lessons that Muslims should have mastered before the end of the month of Ramadan. Self-control help improves our reliance and patience.
#8.Reading the Quran without understanding
Muslims are enjoined to read the Quran more often during the month of Ramadan. This is because of the great reward earned by doing so. Many Muslims finish the whole Quran before the month rounds up Alhamdulillah! This is a good thing, but how many Muslims recite, comprehend and put it into practices during and after the month Ramadan?
Many the month of Ramadan never come and pass without us taking full advantage of it amin.