An Essay by Mohammad Zaki Zaki

Food for Iftar

Ramadan shows people how to live a moral life through action and communication; the valor of patience and perseverance, the opportunity to talk and hear God’s words by reciting his comprehensive book (Holy Quran). It aids Muslims in learning mature self-control, to gain a better understanding of God’s gifts and a greater sympathy towards the deprived. It shows us how to arrange our routines in individual and social life.

During Ramadan people are responsible for fulfilment of the needs and necessities of the community. Someone recites the Holy Quran, many invite their neighbors and other Muslims for Iftar to attract God’s attention and his satisfaction. The main purpose of these various benevolent actions is thankfulness to God.

Reciting the Holy Quran allows Muslims to feel deeply connected with this important book. Standing to read the prayer and regarding Him with prayer is another privilege of this month that keeps us close to Allah.

Repentance is another prominent practice during Ramadan. This action encourages people to privately communicate with God. It establishes a strong relationship between creator and creatures. If we honestly value Islam, it can change our style and our fashion. This style can be internal with the clear target of satisfying God. Ramadan is the month to eliminate ones sins and replace them with moral deeds.

Fasting not only prevents us from drinking beverages and eating meals, it gives us the opportunity to gain empathy for our poor compatriots who are not able to provide for their daily supplies. Fasting clears our hearts of immorality and wicked deeds like a mirror that shows our real face.

Ramadan is the month of overcoming darkness and cruelty with honesty, luckiness and lightness. Ramdan’s light remains alive, guiding us to know ourselves better than ever and how we should be grateful for God’s compassion and assistance. If we know ourselves, knowing God is very simple.

Ramadan is the month of patience, a month with frequent waits, that we must expect until this unique month ends. The true fast is inseparable from unceasing prayer and genuine repentance. Repentance without fasting is fruitless and fasting without merciful deeds is dead.

According to Islam all people are obligated to maintain the good struggle of the fast to keep them far away from immoral activities and behavior.

Fasting offers us a renewed life and the opportunity to restore our best behavior by the end of this month. We must bring change to our lives until the end of this month. The more we change the more we can communicate with other people optimistically.

Ramadan alters our behavior and changes our morality and does not allow us to go back to previous unacceptable behavior. Being happy and having a smile on our faces during this time reflects the valiant message to those who do not keep fasting.

About the Author: Mohammad Zaki Zaki graduated from Kabul University’s geoscience department in 2016. He is also a Star alumni. Currently, he is a teacher at Star Educational Society (D branch) and Katib High School.

Writing by Afghan writers. Editor/Publisher: Nancy Antle; Editor: Pamela Hart

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