Fasting only insufficient to reap benefits of Ramadhan

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STAFF from the Kuala Belait and Seria Municipal Board recently listened in on the significance and practices to be carried out during the upcoming month of Ramadhan.

Delivering the talk to 150 of the board’s personnel, lecturer from the Islamic Da'wah Centre Imam Hj Asmat Hj Tuah said that fasting alone was not sufficient during Ramadhan.

He advised Muslims to refrain from physical and mental “temptations and desires” as well.

“Aside from fasting from food and drink, fasting during Ramadhan also entails refraining from gossiping, watching and participating in explicit activities,” he said.

He highlighted that Ramadhan was also a month where deeds and devotions are rewarded “many times fold”.

“It was during Ramadhan that the Al-Quran was passed on to earth. Muslims should also focus on maintaining their devotion throughout Ramadhan and not just the first week or two,” he added.

He pointed out Tarawih prayers and Tadarus as examples which are frequently performed by Muslims during the first few days or weeks of Ramadhan, but adherence to them often falls short towards the end of the month.

“Throughout the month one should exercise patience and perform the necessary religious obligations. These should also be carried out even after Ramadhan passes,” he said.

Acting Chairman of the Kuala Belait and Seria Municipal Board Sarih Tabong was amongst those present at yesterday's talk at Dewan Persidangan KB, which began with a Tahliland Doa Arwah led by the imam of Muhammad Jamalul Alam Mosque in Kuala Belait, Hj Alias Hj Bakar.

The Brunei Times