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Ramadan: Time for spiritual reflection, renewal

10 Mar 2024 Ramadan: Time for spiritual reflection, renewal

Muscat – Ramadan holds profound significance as a period of spiritual reflection, prayer and fasting. One of the five pillars of Islam, devotees dedicate themselves to empathy and gratitude this month. What are the beneficial habits to embrace during the month of Ramadan, and what are the undesirable habits that one should avoid? Here’s what Muscat Daily readers said – 

Khalid Jabri, Taxi Driver

During the sacred month of Ramadan, there are many beneficial habits that enhance our spiritual, mental and physical well-being. One crucial practice is suhoor that fuels the body with necessary carbohydrates and proteins. Also, constant prayers and remembering God helps cleanse the mind and soul. I have struggled to give up smoking and this is the best time that I shall do it.

Irabel Otejam, Digital creator

It’s just shorter office hours but my work continues after that at home. I’m not a Muslim, so there is no difference. This is the time to show respect by not eating in front of people who fast.

Mohammad Toufiq, Teacher

One must give up on extravagant spending – on cosmetics and clothes or even food – during this time and instead donate to charity. I discipline myself in the context of sleep, meals and  exercise. I avoid excessive eating during iftar and do not waste time unnecessarily with friends or colleagues.  

Mohammad al Hinai, Government employee

The best habit to embrace in this time is to consume less food, spend less time with friends and more time reflecting on life. Often after iftar, I leave home and go to the beach all alone. I have the bad habit of getting up late. This Ramadan will help me overcome it. Also, it will help me be calmer, disciplined and committed to positive change.

Sayed Murthala Mohamed Muheez, Accountant

Engage in self-reflection and spiritual growth; practice gratitude for your blessings and share these with others; contribute to charity and help those in need; choose nutritious foods for sustained energy; strengthen your connection with Allah through more prayers; resist excessive eating during iftar; minimise non-productive activities; cultivate patience and control over anger; limit distractions from the spiritual focus; and avoid gossip and negative conversations.

Haresh Dave, Private sector employee

People should not waste food at all.

Zeenath, Student

Don’t listen to music even after iftar; don’t miss Taraweeh prayers; don’t spend all the time sleeping, instead spend time on learning more about deen; watch Islamic motivational lectures and teach others; lower your gaze; and do not swear or engage in backbiting or lying. Make lots of dua and learn the meaning of prayers. Set a goal to complete the Quran, reading ten pages every day. Teach children more about our religion. Try to control anger, give charity and practise self-control.

Question for next week – How can authorities effectively address the rise in begging seen during the month of Ramadan, despite efforts to curb this phenomenon throughout the year?

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