Ramadan is the ninth month on the Muslim calendar. It is the month when Muslims are expected to abstain from eating, drinking, and other pleasures from dawn to dusk. The purpose of fasting is to develop self-control, reflect on one's own deeds and their contributions to society.
Removing the comfort of having a full stomach helps a Muslim have empathy for those who struggle to make ends meet. Fasting focuses the mind on being thankful for what you have, and sharing it with others. Charity is the key component of Ramadan. Muslims are expected to control their tempers, anger, and abstain from trouble, rumour mongering, gossiping, and bad-mouthing others. We must not hurt other people’s feelings.
Opening the fast every evening during Ramadan is so much more than planning lavish multiple dish buffet Iftar parties, and extravagant late night sehri eat-outs. It's about simplicity, self-control, modesty, and accepting others the way they are. It is the time of the year to focus on self-reflection and being kind to all, and being a positive example for everyone around you.
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