CAIRO - Awaiting a season of meditation and introspection, US Muslims across the Detroit area are awaiting the start of the fasting month of Ramadan to declare a new revolution on the self and elevate their spirituality.
Ramadan elevates you spiritually, Zainab Chami, 29-year-old high school teacher in Dearborn, told Detroit Free Press on Monday, July 8.There's a spiritual reawakening. The feeling is indescribable.
Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar.
The fasting month will start in North America on Tuesday, July 9, according to astronomical calculations.
In Ramadan, adult Muslims abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex between dawn and sunset.
The sick and those traveling are exempt from fasting especially if it poses health risks.
Like millions of Muslims worldwide, Chami will start observing Ramadan, which starts tonight at sunset.
Fasting for lengthy hours in hot summer, she thinks that Ramadan days would keep her focused on her faith.
Despite feeling hungry or thirsty, I become more patient during Ramadan, she said.
I'm calmer, more tranquil, more serene. I feel closer to my creator. I never feel closer than I do during Ramadan.
Fasting is meant to teach Muslims patience, self-control and spirituality, and time during the holy month is dedicated for getting closer to Allah though prayers, reading the Noble Qur'an and good deeds.
In Ramadan, Muslims dedicate their time during the holy month to be closer to Allah through prayers, self-restraint and good deeds.
The majority of Muslims prefer to pay Zakah for the poor and needy during the month.
Considering Ramadan as a time for revolution on the self, many Dearborn Muslims hope it would start their way back to Allah.
Ramadan is a time for Muslims to return to God, who is the source of everything, whether it's health, happiness, peace or wisdom, Imam Mohammad Elahi, the religious leader of the Islamic House of Wisdom in Dearborn Heights, said.
We repair our relationship with the divine through fasting and prayer.
During Ramadan, Elahi's mosque will launch a nightly program in English and Arabic.
Similar programs would be organized all through other mosques and Islamic centers, offering lectures from visiting speakers and prayers.
Ramadan is the month of self-improvement, where you build your character, your immunity to desires, said Bilal Dabaja, 28, of Dearborn, who helps organize nightly lectures during Ramadan.
You're working on building your spirituality.
Imam Elahi said Ramadan is like a free market for spiritual shopping.It's a month of God's reception ... we let the Quran be revealed in our hearts.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net