As Ramadan approaches, different parts of the world welcome it in different ways. Personally I've always enjoyed Ramadan in “muslim” countries more. This is mostly because of the festive, happy mood that dances in the air like the fragrance of sweet tea. I do realise that there is more to Ramadan than a 'festive mood' but what I don't understand is why muslims get so caught up in the dogma that they often forget, that Islam also has a 'fun side of the island'.
Now enough about the partying and onto more serious issues. In the Quran God says: “O you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you, like it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may learn self-restraint.” (2:23)
Self-restraint is about so much more than just the not eating and the not having sex. It includes so many aspects of everyday life that we fall short on. Like to restrain from; worshipping material idols; being self-absorbed; being insensitive and the list continues...
We often get it wrong! Ramadan doesn't change who we are, its merely an introductory course for who we should be. The aim being, to enable us to create a new, better habit for both body and soul. After all it is not for God that we fast because God already sees right to the bottom of our sleaziness. When we fast it is in the hope that we will embrace the spirit of self-restraint that Ramadan teaches us throughout the year.