The month of contrasts
Ramadan is a month of contrasts. Abstinence and self-denial during daylight hours; indulgence and feasting after sunset. Slow, sleepy days and loud, vibrant nights. This is meant to be a time to “be your best self,” where your religious acts will bring you extra credit – and yet daily abstinence from food, water, and especially cigarettes results in anger and impatience. The daily driving scene is a clear example of that.
The words of the apostle Paul come to mind: Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence. (Colossians 2:23 NIV)