The Spirit of Ramadan article has been written by the GCS Arabic and Islamic team.
GCS marked the start of Ramadan by holding two special Assemblies last week, for Primary and Secondary. They were both held in the Auditorium which was decorated with moon crescents, lanterns and traditional coffee pots to create the welcoming ambience of an Iftar tent. Through song, performance and recitals, our students shared the spirit of Ramadan to the whole school. We are especially proud of Grade 9 student, Reem Hammam, who wrote and presented the content for Primary’s Ramadan Assembly.
As the month of Ramadan approaches, the smiles and happiness are clearly visible on people’s faces welcoming the month of fasting and the month of joining all great values of love and sharing with the sense of thankfulness and forgiveness.
Ramadan insists in us the love of gathering and meeting people we know and those we don’t know, from a place out of love and caring.
It’s the time for homes to be seen illuminated with the pre-dawn meal and the night time prayer. It is the time for a sense of love and brotherhood to be wide-spread over the community. It’s the time for the value of generosity and respect to be embraced and to prevail over people.
We are grateful for what Allah has given us and always thankful for what He has bestowed upon us; especially as it is the month to turn our lives around and be more considerate with His teachings .
Fasting helps us develop a real spirit of unity, brotherhood and the equality before God. This spirit is the result when people fast they feel that they are joining the whole Muslim society in observing the same duty, in the same manner, at the same time, for the same motives, and for the same end.
Fasting is a way of developing the moral and spiritual character of human being. The purpose of the fast is to help develop self-restraint, self-purification, God-consciousness, compassion, the spirit of caring and sharing, the love of humanity and the love of God.
Ramadan gives us a break and provides us with a rare opportunity to think about our own lives, our future, and our families. It is a time to give ourselves a mental break and to temporarily forget about the hundreds of worries and stresses we are constantly bombarded with and be more conscious in obeying Allah’s commands to improve the relationship with God and be caring for people.
Fasting embeds patience, unselfishness, and gratitude in us. The Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said: “It is the month to visit the poor, the sick, and the needy to share their sorrows. It is the month where the food, sustenance and the earnings of a believing Muslim increases and they are blessed”
Fasting in Ramadan enables us to master time management. We can easily understand this when we wake up for the pre-dawn meal and observe fasting from dawn to dusk fulfilling Allah’s commands and obeying His orders.
In addition to its virtues, fasting has been recognized for its many health benefits. These benefits extends to our own levels of fitness from better weight management to numerous health benefits for instance: the change of cell functions, genes and hormones, lowering the risk of type 2 Diabetes, reducing the stress and inflammation in the body, cellular repair process and much more.
In a nutshell, happiness – with all of its measures and perspectives from one person to another – is our aim. Most importantly, willingness to make others happy and have it show on their faces and impressed on their attitudes are hopefully joined in the month of Ramadan, the month of sharing and caring.