posted on Sep, 13 2007 @ 03:10 PM
This is a misconception actually. Ramadhan is not the month of celebration. The celebrations are in Syawal, with the first of Syawal being Eid-ul
Fitr. I don't remember the story of how it originated, but it is as you say, a ritual purification.
Fasting in Ramadhan isn't just limited to abstaining from food and water, from before sunrise (subuh/fajr) until the moment of sunset (maghrib).
Muslims are also told to abstain from pleasures of the flesh (sex, kissing... maybe cuddling but I'm not sure, I would assume so) and pleasures of
the eye (no ogling women, or vice versa..).
Those are the simple ones. The harder aspects of fasting in Ramadhan (which most muslims tend to forget) is abstaining from idle talk, abstaining from
anger, from greed, slanderous/libellous remarks, sarcasm... just pretty much fill in the blanks with any unethical or immoral thing that most of the
other religions talk about, you won't go wrong.
Like bodrul mentioned earlier, muslims are encouraged to perform more good deeds in the month of Ramadhan, as it carries for more. All in all,
Ramadhan is the month where muslims should get closer to God. That is to do good and abstain from evil.
The fasting is just a small aspect, but it gets the most coverage because people love to eat, so by not eating it kind of stands out. Also, as my
teacher explained to me when I was a kid -- when you fast, you get hungry, when get hungry, you think of food, when you can't get food, you think of
God. Simplified, but effective for an 8 year old kid.