Holy month a time to share the pain and joy of others

A journalism student reflects on the need for compassion.

As humans we should have compassion for each other, feel what our fellow human beings feel and share their happiness and their pain.

Sometimes, we get caught up in our busy lives and forget to think about how some people live in all sorts of tragedies. Many of them don't have some of their basic daily human needs.

Recently the UN declared Somalia a major humanitarian disaster, with drought affecting about 10 million people. Many children die because they simply cannot find food or water.

We cannot really feel how they feel without living their experience but the month of Ramadan reminds us each year of their suffering.

This is why Ramadan is special to me.

Ramadan is the month of Quran, since it marks the beginning of the revelation of the holy book to the Prophet Mohammed.

In this month, all Muslims from all over the globe fast, as a way to show compassion and develop sympathy for poor people. It teaches us to appreciate the blessings we have, and thank Allah for them.

Fasting is also a way to train oneself, by abstaining from anything wrong and suppressing bad desires. Muslims reach their highest spiritual level during the month of Ramadan, and get closer to Allah, the creator.

We celebrate Ramadan even before it starts by worshipping Allah more and striving to do good deeds. It is the perfect time of the year to be more charitable and kind to others, and it is the best time to gather with family and catch up with friends.

Neighbours share iftar food and visit each other. The rich help the poor and give them what they need, from food to clothing.

The best days in Ramadan are the last 10, as they hold a special spiritual status.

They include Laylat Al Qadr, that is described in the Quran as better than a thousand months.

I feel these 10 days are the best days in the year, and therefore make the best of them by striving to please Allah, and be the best Muslim I can be.

After Ramadan comes Eid, when we gather with family and friends to celebrate the completion of the month of blessings together and share the sweet memories of joy.


Ayesha Almazroui, 21, is a journalism student from Abu Dhabi.

Published: August 14, 2011 04:00 AM


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