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Understanding the true essence of Ramadan - one of the five pillars of Islam
Muslims throughout the world are currently observing Ramadan, the holy month of fasting in accordance with the dictates of the Quran as one of the five pillars of Islam. It is the celebration of the descent of the word of God, the Quran, from the other world to the earth.

In its true spirit, the observance signifies the importance of self-purification by practicing consciously and deeply the abstention from baser human desires through fasting. However, the process of fasting is not to be taken as a ritual but as one-month long devotional exercise to purify one's mind through spiritual reflection and self-introspection.

It is the month to acquire humility and humaneness through fasting, self-reflection and exalting the Almighty. The month of Ramadan needs to be lived as a holy month to realise the purity within as the one of five pillars of Islam.

According to scholar Abu Ibrahim, Prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him, has stated: "Islam is built upon five pillars." He then went on to quote the five pillars of Islam, those being: Shahadatayn (two testimonies), Salah (prayer), zakah (charity), sawm (fasting), and hajj (pilgrimage). Ibrahim says that the five pillars help to strengthen the soul, guide the heart, and unify the community if followed in their true essence.

In the Indian subcontinent Ramadan is known as Ramzan, Here is my sentence acrostic that tries to describe the essence of Ramzan.

R: Reminder of self-reflection and making efforts for

A: Acquiring purity of body and mind in

M: Muslim calendar's holy month in which Koran was revealed for

Z: Zeal for righteousness, devotion, compassion, generosity, forgiveness and repentance

A: Along with prayers and fasting to get rid of

N: negative and sensual thoughts and feelings for purification.

Thus, the month of Ramzan should be devoted to practice of self-reflection and develop this human potential provided by the Almighty.

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