That time again when our muslim brothers and sisters in Cape Town start the tradition of fasting during Ramadan and considering that we have quite a few islamic individuals living here, thats like most people right now. I admire this religious act, I don’t know how they do it but it’s pretty amazing and I love the whole meaning behind it as well.
For all you non muslims who didn’t know, The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root ramiḍa or ar-ramaḍ, which means scorching heat or dryness. Fasting is fardh (“obligatory”) for adult Muslims, except those who are suffering from an illness, travelling, are elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic or going through menstrual bleeding. Fasting the month of Ramadan was made obligatory (wājib) during the month of Sha’aban, in the second year after the Muslims migrated from Mecca to Medina. Fatwas have been issued declaring that Muslims who live in regions with natural phenomenon such as the midnight sun or polar night should follow the timetable of Mecca. (Thank you Wikipedia)
While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations with one’s spouse. Muslims are also instructed to refrain from sinful behavior that may negate the reward of fasting, such as false speech (insulting, backbiting, cursing, lying, etc.) and fighting. Food and drink is served daily, before dawn and after sunset. Spiritual rewards (thawab) for fasting are also believed to be multiplied within the month of Ramadan. Fasting for Muslims during Ramadan typically includes the increased offering of salat (prayers) and recitation of the Quran.
And then obviously after the month of Ramadan comes Eid (The celebration after the fast) at which point I go and visit all my lovely muslim friends and indulge in some traditional malay dishes because lets just be honest, muslims do cook the best meals. I’ve after a tasty veggie samoosa recipe for a long time, perhaps now would be the perfect opportunity to take the time to learn to make them and then share it with you guys after of course!
So to everyone in Cape Town, and the rest of the world who embraces the islamic religion, I wish you all a blessed and joyous month of Ramadan and may this be a time of reflection and growth for each one of you as individuals as well.