Saturday, May 27, 2017

The name 'Ramadan'

The name 'Ramadan' is derived from an Arabic word associated with burning.  In the process of intense and devoted prayer and fasting, the devotee burns away the energies of worldly concerns and then trusts God to reconstruct energies of reverence for Him and obedience to His will.  Fearing God is to acknowledge His awesome power and to realize the importance of living in complete submission to Him.  Ramadan gives the devotee the opportunity to burn vain energies and to change their composition into self-discipline and divine awareness so that the devotee may attain spiritual success.

-Linda Barto in Ramadan Rhapsody

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