Before I address this topic I’d like to say that I am not a perfect Muslim myself. I have my own short comings as a person of the faith and I seek to improve my Islamic character and actions.
What is a Ramadan-Muslim? I hear you ask… Well, Ramadan-Muslims are those group of Muslims who are normally less practicing in their general life but seem to increase their efforts during Ramadan. They begin to fast, pray, read the Qur’an, increase their good deeds etc for the month of Ramadan, things they wouldn’t normally do or rarely attend to in any other month. These types of Muslims get criticised for their increase of spirituality just for the month of Ramadan, mainly by those who are generally practicing Muslims (in my opinion).
It’s a funny situation, the irony of seeing someone being so religiously motivated throughout Ramadan, and then going back to his or her normal less practicing way of life as soon as the month is over. And by ‘less practicing’ I mean missing prayers, socialising in un-Islamic activities and places such as shisha bars and clubs etc. It is very clear how much of a contradiction it is to be like this, and I am sure those who are like this are intelligent enough to realise that they are in one way, wrong. Being a Muslim is not like having an on/off switch, where one moment you can be fully practicing and not the next. Ramadan is a month to reflect on one’s own self, give up bad habits and replace them with good ones. It’s a month of training and preparation for the next 11 months, not a month of temporary religiousness. So for example If a person tends to read the Qur’an more often in Ramadan, then he should maintain habit even after Ramadan.
But we see those who like to criticise these types of Muslims for being hypocrites and give them names such as ‘Ramadan-Muslims’ or ‘part time Muslims’. Various comments are made about them. A woman might only wear her hijab for Ramadan and she is criticised for it and deemed a hypocrite, or
someone might be attending the masjid more often for Ramadan and is criticised for only doing it in Ramadan. I think this kind of attitude towards so called Ramadan-Muslims is unfair and discouraging. Why not recognise the efforts people are making and over look their bad habits? If someone is trying to make a difference, be it only for Ramadan, why not encourage them that they may continue their efforts throughout the year? I hope people recognise that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) never discouraged any sort of good action. I hope people realise that saying more good things, increasing ones prayer and good actions etc in the month of fasting is at least a good thing. And good things should be encouraged.
So these are some of my thoughts on ‘Ramadan Muslims’, I hope it was helpful. And I wish everyone around the world a wonderful Ramadan 2012 full of meaning and reward.
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