Secrets From The Sahara The holy month : Ramadhan
History and religion are important components of any civilization, of any region, as when we visit a place, we unconsciously start to wonder about the historical and religious and cultural background of that place in order for us to create that special link, that sense of belonging to that place. Tunisia is basically an islamic country as everybody knows. This article is an intermediaire between the previous article and the upcoming article as a response to the demands of some of my readers. In my previous article, i mentioned the month of Ramadhan, so i’ve been asked by some : « Hatem, what is Ramadhan? », and some others have been asking me « Hatem, what do you eat in Ramadhan? ». So in this article i will be giving a simple definition of the month of Ramadhan and my next article will be about the basic foods cooked in this month. The aim of talking about the holy month of Ramadhan is to give the readers an idea about it, and to encourage the readers to go witness the special life style in this month, and Tunisia would be my advice for you to visit.
Ramadhan is the month in which the muslims’ book Quran was revealed, guidance for the mankind, not only for a special group of people, but to all the humans who believe in the one almighty God or Allah. Fasting as the main feature of Ramadhan, has been prescribed for humanity since ages, from Judaism to the prophet Moses in his book the Torah, to Christianity with Jesus Christ and the holy Bible ( peace and Allah’s blessings upon them), and finally to Islam with the prophet and messenger of Allah Muhamed ( Allah’s prayers and peace upon him) in Quran. Fasting begins from the sunrise and ends at the sunset. Some people consider it rediculous to starve, but fasting isn’t just about starving, it’s to teach us how to be self-restrained, to teach us discipline, to strengthen our religiosity, our devotion, our piety, it teaches us to fear God, to be more conscious about Allah, to protect ourselves from doing the wrong things…etc, which starts from where ? from our hearts. How ? i will not explain how in a deep religious way, i will try to give one logical explanation on how fasting stimulates our faith. First feeling we get when fasting is being thirsty, so throat will send complaints to the brain and heart, then from starving, stomach will do the same so, a war arises between our persistence on obeying God’s orders and our bodies, surrounded by temptations, desires, wants..etc. The more our beliefs resist the body and mind needs, the more complaints emerge, by the sunset, we celebrate our victory upon desires. Water and food are not forbidden, but succeeding in facing these fundamental needs for thirty days would make it so easy to defeat the what is wrong in our daily life. Ramadhan is also the month of prayers and dua’ that are our support and backing in our battle against the bad us, not to mention the physical benefits of fasting.
Ramadhan has became a tradition, a habit that people await. Timing in Ramadhan changes but people carry on their daily life with a new perception. Markets in Ramadhan are more active, more sellers and more buyers, more diversified goods with affordable costs. People in Ramadhan are more cooperating, more sensitive to the other, as they choose to feel the hunger, they would feel what it means to be poor and homeless, therefore, people prepare food tables in public places so they share with each others. Nights in Ramadhan are more active than the usual, all people are out to meet and talk and celebrate especially with the massive cultural activities that are dedicated to this month. To sum up, Ramadhan and fasting are a good chance to feel what it is like to be the good humans God has made us.