What does fasting during the month of Ramadan mean?
The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root word, “Ramad,” which means “excessive heat”. People in the past used to fast during summer when the heat was at its climax. This year Ramadan fasting will take place in August, in which the intensity of the summer heat reaches its climax here in Kuwait. It should be noted that over the last few years people around the world have been complaining of excessive heat that hasn’t been experienced for decades. However, this doesn’t absolved them from fasting. Sometimes fasting is observed in winter because the Gregorian calendar is eleven or twelve days ahead of the Islamic lunar calendar, which means that Ramadan cycles through a complete year in about 35 years. Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar, which comes immediately after the month of “Sha’ban.” Continue reading What does fasting during the month of Ramadan mean?
There are many issues today that have given rise to environmentalism, which is active participation in attempts to solve environmental pollution and resource problems. This concept is not new, however; the Quran orders the wise treatment of the earth and its resources and Prophet Muhammad’s dictates and conduct, known as the sunnah, demonstrate a “green” character with deep concern for the environment and its plant and animal life.
God tells us in the Quran that He has created the earth for our benefit, and has subjected it to our use. However, we are instructed not to be wasteful: “Eat and drink, but waste not by excess, for God loves not the wasters.” (7:31) Even when resources seem unlimited, they should not be wasted, as ordered by Muhammad when he said, “Do not waste water, even if you live near a river.” Regarding carelessness with the environment, the Quran says, “Corruption has appeared throughout the land and sea because of what the hands of people have earned, so that He may let them taste part of (the consequences) of what they have done so that perhaps they will reform.” (30:41)
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