Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is a period of penance where Muslims reflect on their past actions, to be more charitable, and to strengthen their religious faith through prayer worship and reciting words of the Quran. Hence, it is a period to free the mind of impurities, to forgive, and cleanse the soul to be a better person to neighbours and to Allah. The good deeds performed is to receive thawab or rewards from the one above.The fasting period for Muslims worldwide started on the 9th of July. Ramadan or Ramadhan as it is known to all Muslims, lasts 29 to 30 days. It is a period where Muslims refrain from consuming food and drinks during daylight hours, swearing, smoking, and even engaging in sexual relations.
For non-Muslims living in a majority muslim nation, the month of fasting would mean we are treated to uncongested roads during the day as there are fewer vehicles on the roads but a more crowded shopping center. Many Muslims will reduce outdoor activities to conserve energy thereby reducing hunger and thirst. However, between 4 to 7pm, the roads will become congested as Muslims start leaving their work for their journey home to break fast with their close ones. During this travel time, the rest of the populace will attempt to …continue reading…
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