Thoughts – Why Muslims fast during Ramadan?


By Najia Humayun: Daily Citizen intern

Upon rising before the break of dawn, various thoughts occupy the minds of Muslims whilst preparing to pray.

“This is an opportunity to pay attention to my spiritual self,” thinks Mahmooda Rehman, community outreach secretary of the women’s auxiliary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Georgia.

“May God accept my fast and may he help me stay firm and strong in praying to him,” thinks Farhat Pall, president of the women’s auxiliary.

Besides the physical purification entailed by fasting during this month, Ramadan offers Muslims an opportunity to focus on cleansing their spiritual selves.

Rehman calls the month a time when “her soul comes first” so that she can “take a pause and detoxify it.”

Pall feels “more fear of God” which enables her to “pray more and ask forgiveness for all her sins.”

The spiritual head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community that Pall and Rehman are members of, Hadrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, recently gave a sermon on Ramadan. He said (translated to English):

We should try through worship of God to attain purification of self/spirit and through paying the dues of mankind to enter the doors of paradise which may stay open forever.

President Obama congratulated Muslims on the start of Ramadan this year. In a statement, he said, “For the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims, Ramadan is a time for thoughtful reflection, fasting and devotion. It is also an opportunity for …continue reading at

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