A Sophisticate Celebrates Ramadan

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"Fasting is a shield with which a servant protects himself from the fire." Saheeh Ahmed

When trying to understand the significance of Ramadan and understand the importance of fasting I looked to my own experience of when I fast. When I'm depressed, I don't eat. When I'm sad, angry, or just generally upset I purposely don't eat or eat healthy. It's as if I want to purge myself physically of the pain I feel. Allowing myself to indulge in junk food when I'm in pain will only make me feel worse. 

For me not eating or fasting is a sacrifice to strip myself of my wants to force myself to figure out what I want or what will make me happy going forward.

"Ramadan is a time when a Sophisticate practices self-restraint during self-reflection because she has love for God or Allah and love for herself." Sophisticate in the Suburbs

A Sophisticate doesn't fast for selfish reasons. She does it for Allah or God. For a Sophisticate who is Muslim, Ramadan is a time when she practices self-restraint from bad habits in order to eliminate them all together.  To eliminate bad habits she must ask for help from a higher power and that higher power is God or Allah.

"Allah is with those who restrain themselves." Quran 16: 128 

During Ramadan, the believer's duties are summed up in five simple rules, the so-called Five Pillars of Islam: Belief, Worship, Fasting, Almsgiving or donating to charity, and a Pilgrimage to Mecca. 

Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, introspection and prayer for Muslims, the followers of Islam. Fasting is one of the five fundamental principles of Islam. Each day during Ramadan, Muslims do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. They are also supposed to avoid impure thoughts and bad behavior. Muslims break their daily fasts by sharing meals with family and friends, and the end of Ramadan is celebrated with a three-day festival known as Did al-Fitr, one of Islam's major holidays. (History.com)

Allah may be what Muslims refer to God but the love for God extends across all religions.  The idea of giving to those who are less fortunate in the name of God is universal. What makes Ramadan special is that the self-reflection for self-improvement connect those who believe in Allah and his teachings. 

"Ramadan makes me feel connected. There's a network of us all across the globe; more than a billion of us, all doing the same thing at the same time. However disparate our lives, whatever freedoms we enjoy- otherwise- however different our experiences, someone else is probably feeling exactly the same way I am." (From "I love Ramadan- it make me feel connected" by Bim Adewunmi 

The meaning of Ramadan for a Sophisticate lies within the divinity found in her heart. A Sophisticate wishes others "Ramadan Mubarak" because the holiday is blessed and so that it can be "Kareem" meaning generous. Allah or God has placed the grace in the holiday like the people who celebrate it. 

In the end, a Sophisticate celebrates Ramadan because she finds divinity in being generous. During Ramadan through self-restraint she re-discovers  the generosity of love in her heart for the betterment of herself and others. ;D