We are honored with the holy month of Ramadan, the month the whole Muslim world looks forward to in enthusiasm. Fasting in this blessed month, we will fulfill a prayer, which our Lord rendered as a religious duty in the Qur’an. The month of Ramadan, every day of which is a feast, a comfort, and a cure for the soul, is an important occasion to earn the favor of God.
This spiritual aspect of Ramadan is reinforced with the iftar dinners we have together with friends and family every evening. The tables prepared cheerfully are full of many blessings and people break their fasts with prayers for health, happiness and peace.
While we spend Ramadan with our loved ones in peace, with the blessings God has bestowed upon us, there is a fact that we should remember: The fact that our brothers in Syria, East Turkestan, Afghanistan, Chad, Kirkuk, Kashmir and Arakan who cannot find food to break their fasts and suffer under oppression, persecution and oppression
Therefore, we should not forget our fellow believers when we are grateful to God for all the good things we have and when we wish for more. The moral values of the Qur’an teach us to wish for blessings and beauties “as much as possible” for our brothers and sisters too, and to pray for them. God definitely responds to prayers made in a sincere state of mind. It is very easy to respond to the prayer of any person for God, Who created mankind from just a drop of water, and created the earth from nothing. The only thing necessary is to ask for something from God with faith, patience, sincerity, and by trusting in God.
One of the most beautiful times that reflects the spirit of unity, friendship, love, respect and kind thoughts which are the foundation of our religion, is Ramadan. Almost everyone in Ramadan, even if they do not realize it, ceases to be just ‘me’ and tries to become ’us.’ The ifthar tables, the meetings held in the mosques, the people helping each other, are all beautiful things caused by being ’us.’ In fasting, there is also a surprisingly amazing collective blessing in both the spiritual and material sense. It is therefore important for us to all pray together at this blessed time.
All Muslims who want oppression to stop should pray for the salvation of the world of Islam in the following way; “Oh Lord, mend the dissension between the Muslims, end the unrest on earth, quicken the unity of believers, and bless all our brothers and sisters as or better than you bless us.” As for putting prayer into practice, they should support all kinds of activities and projects that promote believers helping each other.
Ramadan is a beautiful occasion for all Muslims to think and understand that they are all brothers and sisters. It is a month of compassion, forgiveness, purification and blessing for Muslims. It increases the solidarity of those who believe, reminds us of the abundance unity brings and show us the beauty of sharing. Unity and solidarity are key to strengthening the love among those who have faith, empowering the bonds between them, and making it easier to seek solutions to each and every problem together.
The author, a Turkish writer, blogs at: www.harunyahya.com