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JAVED ZAHEER---FOUNDER OF SHIR INTERNATIONAL NETWORK:
A MISSION WITH A VISION TO SERVE HUMANITY IN REALITY
RAMAZAN MISUNDERSTOOD, NOT
ONLY FOR FOOD & FASTING
BY JAVED ZAHEER, FREE EXPRESSION AWARD WINNER
TORONTO: Is the holy month of Ramazan confined to only fasting from sunrise to sunset, mostly oily foods and expensive feasts (Iftar parties), recitation of holy Quran, special prayers (Taraveeh), avoidance of all bad and sins and to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)?
In reality, the importance of Ramazan is hundreds and thousands times much more than generally thought, considered and imagined. People must know and understand that importance of reality in order to prepare properly and benefit fully.
The important reality I am talking about is directly related to the divine messages in the holy Quran, which is very easy to know and understand. It is so simple that even an illiterate person could understand it easily. What I have understood I would like to share with all others.
The important reality is---Do righteous deeds and exhort each other to follow truth and exhort each other to observe patience (See Chapter 103 Al-Asr---The Declining Day, Eventide, The Epoch). This chapter tells us about the extremely finest qualities to build a really good character and become a really good human being and a really good believer of The God.
The month of Ramazan is actually a refresher course to remind, train and teach us to make these finest qualities the part of our lives. People with such fine qualities will make the family, community, society, system and country the best.
The righteous deeds keeps us on the right path and the patience teaches us to control and discipline ourselves in all respect and in all situations, conditions and circumstances including provocation, anger, revenge, excitement, anxiety, poverty, greed, temptations, corruption and all bad deeds and sins.
The persons with righteous deeds and patience become spiritually very strong, truly faithful and true believers and are the ones who enjoy the best blessings and favours of The God (See Chapter one Al-Fatiha---The Opening). These are the persons who truly become the best human beings. So these finest qualities serve both purposes---humanity and spiritual. This is why they have been specially mentioned by God and considered the most important part of our lives. It is definitely extremely difficult and hard to have these qualities and to maintain them. This is the most difficult test for the human being to become good and a favourite of The God.
Whatever we do and learn in Ramazan, based on righteous deeds and patience, should become a part of our lives for the rest of the year. Then only we can achieve the good results and the real aims & objectives.
Unfortunately, most of the people do not understand the real divine message of Ramazan and consider it as a month of food and fasting only. This way we are wasting our time and energy and being deprived of the benefits and blessings promised by The God. This is why Muslims are off track, moving in the wrong direction and lost and suffering. It is a matter of understanding and implementation and most of us are lacking both.
So take Ramazan seriously to build a good character and to become a real good human being and a true believer. This should be our aim and objective. This is important for the health as well otherwise consumption of oily food and over eating during Sehri and Iftar times would make people fat and sick.
JZ’S PROFILE: Founder of SHIR International Network (Serve Humanity In Reality---SHIR), declared by Judges as one of 75 Finalist Best Canadian Immigrants, an Honour for the Pakistani Community. Joined Journalism Profession in 1974 (Daily `SUN’, Karachi) and still serving as a professional journalist. Was awarded Free Expression Award (Awarded by National Ethnic Press & Media Council of Canada—NEPMCC). The award was presented by Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, Canada), Desi Idol Recognition Award Winner (Presented by North American Desi Idol), Member/Honorary Director of NEPMCC, Veteran Active Member (VAM) of Toronto Press Club, Ex-Member of The National Club and The Ontario Club, Honorary Editor of English Weekly `Pakistan Abroad’, Canada, ex-Chief Editor (Honorary) of English Weekly `The Ambassador’, Canada, ex-Chief Editor (Honorary) of English Weekly `DAWN', Canada, ex-Senior Sub-Editor of English Daily DAWN, Pakistan (From 1986-1999), Chairman, CANOPI, Director of Children Dignity Foundation (CDF---Canada & Pakistan) and Honorary Director, Canpak, Chamber of Commerce, and Honorary Director Information, Pak Seniors Forum (PSF), is contributing purely on Voluntary and Honorary Basis in order to serve all people and communities. Contact: (416)firstname.lastname@example.org To read more JZ’s exclusive articles, please visit: nepmcc website (Editorial Sections. Scan years from 2004). Visit www.javedzaheernews.blogspot.com for latest exclusive articles.
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