Thread: **Ramadan**
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Old November 2nd, 2007, 12:42 PM
Hajo Flettner
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Default Re: **Ramadan**

Originally Posted by CarolinaJohn
The fast is intended to be an exacting act of deep personal worship in which Muslims seek a raised level of closeness to God. The act of fasting is said to redirect the heart away from worldly activities, its purpose being to cleanse the inner soul and free it from harm. Properly observing the fast is supposed to induce a comfortable feeling of peace and calm. It also allows Muslims to practice self-discipline, sacrifice, and sympathy for those who are less fortunate, intended to make Muslims more generous and charitable.
It would seem that fasting is viewed by Muslims in the same light as it is by devoted Christians. Based upon what you have said, it appears that giving up smoking during Ramadan is an exercise in self-discipline rather then viewing tobacco as sinful per say or as a food group. Instead I am guessing that they view tobacco as an indulgence as as such it should be given up during religious events.
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