Ramadan is a glorious month set aside by the omnipotent “ALLAH” for believer muslims all over the globe. It is a month of purification,in which the soul and body are purify to enhance intimacy with allah. The word “sawm” means fasting. Fasting implies total abstinence from certain habits which include sex,smoking,blaspemous statement and most importantly foods and drinks from dawn till sunset. Fasting is one of the pillars of islam serving as a requisite in considering one a devout muslim,it takes place during d sacred month of ramadan which comprises 30 days depending on the month.
Fasting is a compulsion mandated for matured muslims irrespective of sex,race,tribe and nationality. Fasting has certain effects in the life of generality of muslims,it include spiritual effects- it purifies the soul and body,it allows for total closeness with ALLAH, it cleanses our previous sins and bring favour towards us. The social effect- it fosters the sense of unity among muslim in the world,it enhances co-operation and abate the level of crime in the society. The moral effects include abstinence from drugs, offensive words and equalise the rich with the poor. Among its health efffect is the reduction in the contamination of STDs, reduction of fatigue,health problem,maintainance of diet and self discipline.
There are some category of people exempted from fasting as stated in the quran, they include nursing mothers,pregnant women,the sick and so on… The last 10 days exist “night of majesty” this night of power is believed to be better than thousand of nights. Allah would sent angels to descend to the earth to ease people prayer acceptance. At the end of the month,eidel fitri is celebrated world wide to mark the end and break fast, on this day ALLAH recommended that compulsory arm”zakat” shovld be given to eight category of people includy the needy. May ALLAH accept it as an act of ibadah and his blessing should be upon us.