Sunday, July 14, 2013

A little info about Ramadhan Fasting

Ramadhan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and the month in which Muslims believe the Quran was revealed. Because the cycle of the lunar calendar does not match the solar calendar, the dates of Ramadan shifts by approximately 11 days each year. The ending of Ramadan is marked by the holiday of Eid ul-Fitr, which takes place either 29 or 30 days after the beginning of the month

Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month is spent by Muslims fasting - prohibited from eating, drinking and engaging in conjugal sexual relationships from dawn (fajr) to sunset (maghrib). Whilst fasting, Muslims are also obliged to abstain from smoking and other comforts such as chewing gum. Fasting is essentially an attempt to seek nearness to Allah and increase one's piety. One of the remote aims of fasting is to empathize with those less fortunate members of society who do not always have food and drink readily available. One must also try to avoid cursing and thinking evil thoughts, with the aim of controlling the tongue and temper during the fasting hours.

Fasting also carries a significant spiritual meaning. It teaches one the principle of love: because when one observes fasting, it is done out of deep love for God and to learn self-restraint.

While the religion calls for fasting during this time, not everybody is required to participate. This includes young children, seniors, pregnant women, diabetics and others with medical needs. If possible, a person is expected to make up the lost time when they are able.

Things not to worry while fasting in Ramadhan:

  • You are allowed to bathe, take a shower, swim or dip in water while fasting as long as you take care not to swallow water or allow water to get into your system.
  • Using toothpaste during the daytime in Ramadan is not a problem as long as care is taken that nothing is swallowed, just as it is legislated for the fasting person to use the siwak (tooth stick) in the beginning of the day as well as at the end of the day.
  • Swallowing your own saliva is not forbidden during fasting  and there isn’t any difference in opinion between the People of Knowledge due to the difficulty and impossibility of guarding against that.
  • If you have had something to eat or drink accidentally whilst you are fasting, don’t worry! You may continue fasting for the remainder of the day. You don’t need to make up a day for doing this.
  • You can wear lip gloss to moisten your lips when you are fasting, as long as you do not swallow it. 
  • If you have asthma, you can still use your puffer during Ramadan without breaking your fast. This is because it is simply compressed air that you are inhaling into your lungs.
  • It is ok for you to have an immunization( or other medical reason ) shot without breaking your fast, as it is not nourishing your body in any way.