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Ramadhan is a time to focus and reflect
So Ramadhan or Ramzan is over almost for another year (it starts early July next year).
Living in East Lancs like we do, it would be pretty hard not to notice our work colleagues or neighbours observing the Holy Month and celebrating its conclusion with Eid ul-Fitr.
I suppose to those not imbued in Islamic tradition, a summer months Ramadhan seems the most difficult – no eating or drinking until iftar after 9pm and none after suhoor around 3.30am. A long day without sustenance.
I have enjoyed reading the Ramadhan Diary in our LT and especially the 'What Ramadhan Means to Me' section. Blessing, opportunity to reflect, self-evaluation, spiritual growth, charity-giving and self-accountability are amongst the phrases used by those observing the four very disciplined weeks.
Charity giving is central to Islam and especially during Ramadhan when Zakat, or giving to poorer people, is expected to be compulsory.
Islam, of course is an Ibrahimic or Abrahamic religion, as are Judaism and Christianity, sharing the same roots.
People who know me will know I am not particularly religious but I do understand the role and importance to religion and faith in many others' lives.
My sense is that if all religions were done away with, they would soon be reinvented with similar rules and considerations.
I’m also, unlike football’s Denis Wise, not a student of social anthropology. But I think as a species we are social beasts. We join things; tribes, clans, political parties, football supporters, families, religious groups.
Ramadhan and its disciplines seems a bit like Christian Lent to me. 40 days and nights of prayer, penance, repentance, and self-denial. A time to focus and reflect.
Have you just observed Ramadhan? Did you share in any aspects of it with your friends or neighbours?
What do we like/don’t we like about formal religions?
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