By Maheen Sandhu
By understanding faiths outside of our own, we can create bonds of friendship and understanding that can lead to more peaceful tomorrows.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Lunar calendar. The month is regarded as the period of time in which the Qur’an was first revealed to the prophet Mohammed and when Muslims partake in a month of fasting and charity. From before sunrise to sunset, Muslims abstain from food and drink, sexual relations, and pretty much all worldly desires, instead focusing on spirituality and self-betterment.
From a larger perspective Ramadan is a time for Muslims to reset their digestive system since fasting has a lot of health benefits for the body , and to also become spiritually more aware and stronger. For us to become more humble and grateful for all the worldly things we have been blessed with. To give back to the needy and be selfless. A time for us to battle our inner hardships and struggles, for starvation can trigger the worst of us. Lastly more importantly, for us to ponder deeper in spiritual insight and make a closer connection with god and ourselves.
St. Hope Foundation CEO, Rodney Goodie, says Ramadan Mubarak (Happy Ramadan) to all the Muslims partaking in this Holy Month.