Islam says that Muslims are obliged to do five duties in their lifetime. It also preaches that among these duties, the credence that ‘God is only one’ should be the primary duty. Other duties include Prayer, Fasting, Zakat, and Haj.
To gain discipline, healthy thoughts, dharma, worshipping god are the purpose of fasting. It is also being said that during fasting a person will get closer to God spiritually. While carrying these duties of Islam our health will not be spoiled. But during the dates of fasting, people would suffer due to hunger and thirst. It is believed that on seeing their dedication to fasting, bearing the hunger and thirst, god will shower them with blessings.
The fasting will begin early morning before sunrise and will be broken at sunset. Ailing people, Pregnant women, Old people could abstain from the fasting.‘Zakat’ the helping hand to poor:
Poverty will lead a person to deny the existence of God. Poverty also makes a person to commit sins that cannot be forgiven by God. So, a person should be brought out from poverty which is the sole reason behind the crimes. Thus, Muslims follow the practice of providing food and shelter to the poor and needy Muslims. They also have another practice called ‘Zakat’ according to which Muslims should provide their two and a half percent of their savings, in last one year to the needy.People benefit from ‘Zakat’ in Coimbatore:
Poor people in and around Coimbatore are provided with grocery items through mosques located in various areas in and around the city. Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, an Islamic organization is offering grocery and items to needy in various areas of Coimbatore including PillaiyarPuram, SugunaPuram, College garden, Vellalore, Karumbu Kadai, Aathupaalam, GM Nagar, Kurichi Pirivu.
Poor are categorized and are provided with grocery items worth Rs. 1700, Rs. 1300 and Rs. 1000. Stitching machines were offered to around 40 poor women. On the last day of the month of Ramadan crescent moon should be viewed. Eid will be celebrated on very next day.
Regarding this, Hakkim, one of the members of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, said, “Our religion preaches that every poor Muslim should celebrate Ramadan without hunger. On following the preaching, the poor are provided with 2.4 kg of rice or wheat. ‘Bidra’ will be equally provided to the members of the poor family. Other than Zakat and Bidra ‘Sadaqah’, another practice of dharma is all suggested to widely carry during this month. So, we are offering food and grocery to the poor.”