a brother was asked to write an article related to Ramadhan for a local University newspaper (which means most of the audience would be non-muslim) and was given a 200-250 word, word limit, and also was only given 24 hours notice for it. Anyway, i produce it here for everyone. Any comments?
The Meaning of Ramadan
Ramadan is seen as a month of feast and joy by many people. Yet the aim of this month is what? The (translation of the) Qur’an states:
“O you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may become Al-Muttaqun (the pious)” (2:183)
The aim of the month of fasting is for people to ward off all evils, and to realize that there ultimate return is to God, our Creator, our Sustainer, and then to act accordingly in the knowledge of this. And as can be seen from the Qur’an, the method of fasting was given to previous people’s for the very same purpose - of drawing closer to the Creator and recognizing that he is God, the one and only, for verily we the Muslims affirm, as was affirmed by all the nations who were sent a Messenger, that there is no diety worthy of worship, except God.
The realization of what is seen as the ultimate message of all the Prophets requires one to act in accordance to it. This entails that one follows all the commandments of God, rather than the hollow desires of the lower self. That one train the lower self to abstain from food, sex and other pleasures, from sunrise to sunset, in complete submission to God, as opposed to the complete submission to the lower self which is prevalant in contemporary society.
We must ask ourselves, which deity do I worship? my desires or my Creator?