Asian Lite marks Holy Month of Ramadan with a special series of Ramadan Musings with Masarat Daud
Discipline is a deeply important trait. When I had struggled with praying regularly, my father told me once that it is not that God wants to deprive us of sleep by disrupting our leisure time, but the act of prayer is important to instil discipline in us. Routine is not worthy of the bad press it usually gets.
The building block of Routine is repetition. There is nothing glamorous about it but it holds a central meaning in human excellence. With anything in life, if we repeat it enough, we eventually get good at it. If we repeat our actions and our hardwork, something great births from it. Similarly, repeating the prayers keeps us emotionally replenished.
Ramadan is a time of contemplation; some people also practice the I’tikaf, which is a temporary abandonment of the worldly responsibilities (many times during the last ten days of Ramadan). This means to live in complete isolation a section of the mosque and spend the time praying and reading the Koran with no other human interaction, entertainment or tech disruptions. There are similar periods of meditation and disconnect from the world outside of us in other religions and spiritual beliefs too.
What are we not remembering enough? What is the remembrance cycle we need to break?
Masarat Daud is many things. A girl’s education campaigner, a TED speaker, a TEDx curator, a recent SOAS MA graduate and a politically-incorrect humourist currently based in London.