Sunday, September 24, 2006

The Spirit

People have been making comments that this year's Ramadhan is very different than that of last year's and I have to strongly agree with that but on a different basis.

The fact of the matter that the majority of that population who made that comment only miss the 'spirit' because of the atmosphere, the offers, and the wide range selection that is made available to the public in terms of discounts for products and their incentives.

I, on the other hand, think of it as a much better time than last year because, for once, people here - in Muscat, especially - will start to focus on the true meaning of what it is to fast and attend the holy month of Ramadhan. The time where they are supposed to give more than they get. A time where there they can focus on spirituality rather than spending most of their time either sleeping until sunset time and/or watching the wide variety and assortment of serials on their TV channels until dusk or suhoor.

People will finally realize that this month is all about wiping your sins away while you have the chance. God didn't close the door to Hell during this month just to keep the heat away, you know. He did it for a reason, and a great and wise one at that, too. He did it so we can try to gain more blessings in our meteoric balance of purity that is judged in the afterlife.

I never said that you can't have fun while you're attending this month of Ramadhan. But everything has it's priorities. And as hypocritical as it may sound, this is one of those times.

Hypocritical I say because it's as if I am trying to say that we should only focus on the religious aspect of ourselves and our souls during and only during this month. Which is not the case. In fact, what I am trying to say that we should focus more on those aspects during this period of time than any other time of the year due to the blessings that come along with it.

What's bad about all of this is that I am missing out on all these blessings because of my medical state.

Good things come to those who wait, eh?