Dr Ng should be reminded that Ramadhan is not a tourist product but a sacred month of spiritual enrichment for Muslims throughout the world. It is during this month that Muslims perform extra prayers and zikir to glorify Allah and discipline themselves. Many travel to Mecca to perform Umrah and pray in Masjid al Haram. It is certainly not for fun, food and frolic!!
On the inner dimensions of fasting Imam Ghazali taught that fasting should mean keeping one’s ears, eyes, tongue, hands and feet — and all other organs — free from sin.
It is sad that in Malaysia the month of Ramadhan has become highly commercialized and turned into a month of indulgence. Hotels, restaurants and other eating places encourage gluttony and waste through promoting breaking fast with a wide variety of food. The Qur’an chastises those who indulge in gluttony and waste. Allah swt. in Surah Al A’raf verse 31 warns :
“O Children of Adam! Wear your beautiful apparel at every time and place of prayer: eat and drink: But waste not by excess, for God loveth not the wasters.”
Letter to the Editor – 10 June 2010