THE HOLY MONTH OF RAMADAN / RAMZAN
For over one billion Muslims throughout the world, Ramadan is a special month of the year. This year, it begins on May 27. Ramadan was traditionally held to be the month in which the first verses of the holy Quran were revealed to Prophet Mohammad. It is a time for inner reflection, devotion to God and self-control. During the month, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset every day.
SRI AUROBINDO speaks of the place of Mahomed (Prophet Muhammad) and his mission in one of his aphorisms:
“Mahomed's mission was necessary, else we might have ended by thinking, in the exaggeration of our efforts at self-purification, that earth was meant only for the monk and the city created as a vestibule for the desert.”
In another writing, Sri Aurobindo says:
“Mahomed tried to re-establish the Asiatic gospel of human equality in the spirit. All men are equal in Islam, whatever their social position or political power, nor is any man debarred from the full development of his manhood by his birth or low original station in life. All men are brothers in Islam and the bond of religious unity overrides all other divisions and differences.”