Weekly Roundup: It Is Not Just about Abstaining from Eating

Muawad Mustafa Rashid

Ramadan is a month of mercy and bonding — Muslims all over the world help one another, and those outside their community, spreading happiness all around.
This month is a shining example of the unity that can be achieved among all classes of people in any society, as the rich and poor, the employer as well as the employee, the parents as well as the child, the ruler as well as the subjects, all keep fast.
Regardless of the colour of their skin or their social stature, fasting unites us all.
It reminds us how we should conduct ourselves and our behaviour towards those around us, while also teaching us the importance of respect.
Not only do we learn to abstain from food and drink, but we also abstain from making any statements and actions that may cause harm to people or violate their rights.
It gives us an opportunity to rectify ourselves through performing numerous good deeds such as providing food or aid to the needy, improving social interaction, giving charity and so on.
The month of Ramadan is not just about abstaining from eating, but resisting the temptation of wrongdoings.
Muslims should use the fasting month to stay away from bad deeds such as corruption.
Fasting teaches us to control our urges and temptations.
Temptation leads us to do things that are not good.
If we fail to fight temptation, we might fall into trouble such as committing corruption.
If all Sudanese are able to resist wrongdoings, the country would be respected by the rest of the world.
If our people are known to be able to reject temptation, the world will respect us.
Sudanese will be known as trustworthy people, and with that trust, we will be able to reap the benefits.
Even non-Muslims would understand what fasting is for, as they too observe fasting on their own occasions.
But the reason is the same, which is to resist temptations.

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