What is the relation between Ramadan, Modern Technologies and Consumerism
  • "Ramadan has just started for Muslims all over the world, with their varied customs and lifestyles. It is a very special month. In its simplest form, it is a month of fasting: abstinence from food, drink, sexual relations, smoking, etc., from dawn till sunset, a drastic change in lifestyle. (People who have chronic illnesses or happen to be sick or travelling, and women who are pregnant or nursing are exempted from it, but must make up for those days later if they can.) In its more spiritual dimension, it is a month of prayers, reading of the Quran, generosity toward the poor, honesty and forgiveness, and self-control.

    It is indeed a month of spiritual activities: in addition to the usual five daily prayers, which take about five minutes each, Muslims are encouraged to attend the optional hour-long collective evening prayers at the mosque and/or read at least a few pages of the Quran each day; many Muslims finish the Book by the end of the month.

    Ramadan is also a very difficult psychological exercise in self-control. Lies, cheats, and fights are most strongly proscribed, as Prophet Muhammad very clearly put it: “For God, there is no point in your fasting from food and drink if you do not get rid of lying and cheating.” It is also a month of training in tackling one’s addictions, whether nicotine, caffeine, television, or now smartphones. Fasting has long been known to strongly suppress sexual desires and to help induce mystical experiences, “altered states of being” which Sufis in particular seek out — by fasting widely and often outside of Ramadan."