As this episode of the Raw Islam podcast opens Imam Azhar talks about the fact that the first ten day days of Ramadan are coming to close, and B.C. Dodge talks about how there is calm that seems to come with Ramadan, and he will be sad to see it end. The Imam then shares his reflections on the ten days of Ramadan.
The podcast then takes a little bit of a right turn as Imam Azhar asks situations that seem to go on and on. B.C. makes the analogy of having chocolate ice cream every night for dessert. For the first few nights is would be cool, but over time a person would want to mix in some strawberry or maybe a cookie, can you tell this group of Muslims is fasting?
After the dessert talk is done, Imam Azhar agrees that B.C. is on the right track. While something can be special, in its repetitiveness it can lose what makes it special.
This leads to the question of how can you respect or honor something that you have never had, seen, or touched? And to the big question – Have Muslims lost the essences of what Ramadan really is?
Imam Azhar talk about how he was doing a program in Arizona over the weekend, and he went to a Moroccan restaurant for iftar. As he sat there he noticed that the atmosphere seemed more like a party, rather then a few moments before the fast was broken. When the athan came, he noticed that few people went to the area set aside to pray…to actually pray.
In Ramadan, a time when blessings are given 70 times their worth, can we really afford to miss prayers and act like we are a party, or should we be giving this time the reverence it deserves?
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