By Nouh Anajjar
By Nouh Anajjar
Morocco World News
Nador – Like every year during Ramadan, Moroccan families receive this sacred month with some bad habits that seem to perpetuate annually, which spring from the lack of awareness and understanding of the genuine teachings of Ramadan and the wisdom that lies behind it.
Before and throughout Ramadan, nearly every Moroccan family makes all sorts of arrangements to receive this new comer in a magnificent manner by purchasing different kinds of food and drinks from the markets, and endeavoring to embellish the table with foodstuff and drinks as though Ramadan is a special month of consummation rather than a peculiar month of worshipping. Some parents even talk about a Ramadan budget, which indicates that there is a Ramadan budget and there is a non-Ramadan budget, This is also suggests also that Ramadan budget is extremely bigger than the budget allocated to cover the expenses of other months of the year.
Ramadan had been dictated upon us for high-minded and sublime objectives, one of which, among many, is promoting families to consume less and reduce their expenses, and therefore being relieved from financial worries. Yet what we see in our markets, is how people are yearning to fill in their bags and cars with different foods and drinks. This is a living proof that the bulk of Moroccans have not yet grasped the essence of Ramadan and the divine intention behind it.
More dangerously, Ramadan has turned to be a month of extravagance and lavish consummation with excellence, in which Moroccans often do not consume all the food put upon the table but throw some of it in the trash basket, and this is certainly against the instructions of Islam and is to be condemned. Ramadan is a month of offering charities to poor and needy people who habitually wander in the streets looking desperately for remnants of food and drinks.
Ramadan is undeniably not about giving up foods, drinks and sexual relations during a full day, but it has many spiritual implications and benefits that touch upon many aspect of human life, socially, economically, educationally and also in terms of health. At the economic level, normally in Ramadan Muslims consume less than they do in the other days of the year. Therefore, they are supposed to spend less money on domestic expenses.
Socially, Ramadan strengthens the social relationships and connections between the members of family as they gather together around the table, and between friends and individuals as they meet mutually before and after the Tarawih prayer. Educationally, Ramadan is an extraordinary school that teaches Muslims many values and virtues such as patience, solidarity, unity, sacrifice, and sympathy towards the poor and homeless people, in the sense that when we feel and experience hunger or thirst, we automatically think of the poor people who suffer from hunger throughout the year.
The difference is that we know when we are going to eat, but the poor do not know when they are going to eat, hence we feel empathetic and kindhearted towards them and we become much more ready and more convinced to offer to charities. Ramadan also has many benefits in terms of health. According to a number of studies , it has been manifested that fasting has tremendous benefits on the working of the stomach because fasting helps the stomach to clean itself and get a rest so that it can function perfectly afterwards.
More awareness and understanding of Ramadan’s purposes and teachings is necessary if individuals are to attain a full realization of Ramadan’s objectives and achieve a satisfactory and rewarding fasting.
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