By Nouh Annajar
By Nouh Annajar
Morocco World News
Nador, Morocco, July 21, 2013
The question of why some Moroccans get irritated and lose their temper easily in Ramadan more often than usual is an issue that has baffled me and many others for a long time. If you happen to be outside shopping in the markets, riding the bus or simply just hanging out in the streets before Almaghreb prayer, you may hear vulgar words or insults, which sometimes culminate into violent quarrels that could occasionally lead to injuries.
These abundant and non-Islamic scenes of anger and irritation, which are quite common in our streets and markets during this holy month of Ramadan, demonstrate that some Moroccans are fasting as if fasting was forced upon them. This misconception is not accurate. Although fasting is one of the pillars of Islam, people still have the free will to abide by Allah’s commandments or to disobey them.
This mentality of “leave me alone I am fasting,” which embodies the infuriated psychology of individuals before iftar time, is commonly prevalent in Morocco’s streets and accurately illustrates how some Moroccans interpret Islam and its spiritual intentions differently.
The prophet (PBUH) explained that when a person is fasting, he or she is prohibited from uttering vulgar words and offensive insults as the latter are regarded among the things that invalidate our fasting and prevent us from getting fully rewarded. The prophet (PBUH) even prohibited us from raising our voices in this holy month. Hence, it is reasonably obvious that Ramadan is not just about fasting, but also about evading crude statements and insults, which are deemed to be a sort of blasphemy that stem fundamentally from ignorance and lack of awareness.
Ramadan is without a doubt an exceptional month of tolerance and peace of mind. This holy month teaches us how to curb our feelings and avoid anger. Instead of getting heated and insulting others, one should avoid any misunderstandings and conflicts in his or her dealings with others so that the fasting is accepted and rewarded. Furthermore, Prophet (PBUH) said that the time before iftar is the perfect moment to read the Quran and make Dua’a rather than wasting time doing things that bring us no profits.
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