Ramadan is the month of
fasting for Muslims around the globe.
As we enter this month, we observe our fast with the abstinence of
food, drink and sexual relations with our spouses from sunrise to sunset.
We also restrain ourselves from indulging in evil actions including
backbiting, ridiculing, anger outbursts and harming others through our
"Ramadan is the (month)
in which was sent down the Quran, as a guide to mankind, also clear
(Signs) for guidance and judgment (between right and wrong) so every one
of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in
fasting." Quran (S II – Verse 185)
It is a time for
reflection, spirituality, forgiveness and self-restraint… It is a time
for the remembrance of our Lord and the asking of forgiveness.
It is a time of
self-renewal and learning the skills of being patient, compassionate and
generous. We learn to
empathize with the “have-nots” and give more of our resources to those
in need. We become even
more aware of our Lord’s blessings and his mercy on us.
It is a time of taking
account of our accomplishments and establishing our future goals.
It is a time to refrain from being consumed/engulfed in the tedious
details of our daily tasks and widening our outlook to view the bigger
picture and to evaluate ourselves with respect to our purpose in the whole
scheme of the universe. . It is a time
to fulfill our Lord’s call to enjoin what is “right” and forbid what
"Then strive together
(as in a race) Towards all that is good.
Whosesoever ye are, God will bring you together.
For God hath power over all things."
Quran (S II- Verse 148)
As we approach another
month of fasting, the Muslim Women’s League (as an organization) looks
towards accomplishing its future goals.
The Muslim Women’s League is working towards networking with
other organizations since strength is in unity and continuing our local
events as well as reaching out to others through speeches, seminars,
conferences and publications etc.
The post 9/11 era has
challenged the Muslim community on several levels and made it incumbent on
us all to speak out clearly and define Islam for what it is.
Muslims from all over the world and in specific, Muslim women are
needed to become more vocal to define themselves and their struggle.
Please join us in this struggle to make a difference.
(Please make your
donations to the MWL – it is a nonprofit organization that is supported
by individual donations and grants only)