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Faiths of the World Unite! Dr. Pasha Issues Call for Joint Celebration of World Day of Fasting 2010/Ramadan 1431

DR.PASHA | August 19, 2010 | Section: Articles | 1672 reads

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Don’t Forget Islam Is Moderation – And Muslims Are People Too!

Don’t forget Islam is all about moderation.

I am not saying that is what Muslims do as a rule all the time in their daily lives. What I am saying is: That is what Islam teaches; that is what Islam stands for; and that is what Islam is.

As for how much of this, or of any of the other teachings of Islam Muslims follow in their life, look no further than your own life for an answer to that – and to many other similar questions.

Ask yourself how much of your divine book if you have one, and how much of the noble teachings of your own faith, you yourself follow, and you will begin to understand a simple truth about life and about our world: Muslims are people too.

They are people just like you.

To some degree, I learned my faith in God by driving on Interstate Highways and watching drivers react to the presence of police cars in the vicinity. If human beings – some of the best of them perhaps – could fear police that much, they must learn to fear God at least equally, I said to myself.

And that changed my life.

Punctuality and Timeliness

So, moderation is what Islam teaches and that is what Islam stands for. It is one of the core teachings of Islam.

So, eat and drink in moderation.

And also don’t forget that Islam is all about timeliness. And Islam is about punctuality.

You don’t believe me, do you? I don’t blame you. And in reality, I wouldn’t believe myself either if all I had to go by was the general lifestyle of Muslims throughout Muslim habitat of the so-called Muslim world.

Looking at their daily life, Muslims are anything but punctual. And I have never seen anyone – other than my late father that is, may Allah bless and forgive him and fill his grave with his light – make any fuss about it either.

So, it is nothing less than miraculous the way it works in Ramadan. And during prayer times, five times a day, every day, on all other days.

The way Muslims leap to break the fast during Ramadan or to catch the Congregational Jama’at Prayers in the mosque five times a day, every day.

Muslims – the same habitually and chronically UN-punctual Muslims in everything else – suddenly leap to life on these special occasions as if hit on the head by a secret clock tower tucked away somewhere in their bosom, which chimes and peals non-stop till they rush headlong to do what they must do: Break the fast during Ramadan or join the congregation for prayers every day.

That is a living miracle of our time everywhere – throughout the Muslim world – which the devil has blinded most people to, including many Muslims themselves.

Muslims do it, but they have no awareness or appreciation of what they are doing. Any better than their non-Muslim friends and compatriots do.

Late Wedding, in America, But Punctual Fast Breaking in India!

O miracle of miracles!

The same people who may think nothing of starting a wedding several hours late in America – I am saying that because I have seen that happen – as immigrants will break down every barrier in sight to rush to break the fast at the stroke of the hour, even in most habitually tardy and unpunctual places like India.

That is what Ramadan does to Muslims.

It is plain out of this world how everyone works to the clock during the beginning as well as the breaking of the fast during Ramadan.

So, promptly at sunset, break the fast, but eat and drink in moderation. This is important. For, after fasting the whole day, your entire body and mind will be agog for any sign of sunset and screaming for food and drink – more and more and more of it.

But it is not good for you to eat a lot of food or consume a lot of liquids immediately after breaking the fast. Because the tighter you pack your body with food and drink, the worse you are going to feel.

So, at the first sign of sunset, break your fast promptly and eat and drink moderately.

And when you set about eating and consuming liquid, make sure you don’t overdo it either, because the temptation to do so will be great.

But if you eat or drink too much, you will begin to feel quite uncomfortable. So, keep it in check.

Sex during Ramadan

While you are fasting, stay away from sex too. Abstinence at the time of fasting is absolutely mandated.

Sex in Islam is neither taboo nor dirty. In fact – now get ready for this! – sex is an act of worship in Islam, provided it is between husband and wife.

Sex outside marriage is strictly forbidden in Islam. No ifs or buts about that.

Intercourse during fast is also not allowed. But you return to normal conjugal intimacy with your spouse during the night, once you break your fast and till you start your fast of the next day before dawn the next morning.




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