Ramadan and family

File photo shows a Muslim family breaking their fast during Ramadan.

Ramadan is a time when families get together in the evening to break their fast.

Is it simply the practicalities of the concentration of the food at that time of the day which makes it a pragmatically sensible thing to do?

Or is there more to this ritual? Is the necessity of food the vehicle by which an environment is created for thinking beyond the ties of food?

Ramadan is undoubtedly a time when families are more focused on dining together.

The common physical hardship makes us as human beings come together – perhaps there is a lesson to be learned to implement within society.

The physical abstinence develops a culture where one is forced to think beyond the self and the needs of others; a time perhaps where the concept of self-sacrifice is etched in the spirituality of the individual for furthering the cause of a better humanity for all.


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