Ramzan fast: May China rest reassured!

A sudden concern for the good health of their Muslim brethren, among other concerns, has provoked China to deny Muslims their right to fast during the month of Ramzan.

The origin of the Ramzan fast seems hazy, with some tracing it to the Quran: “Fasting  has been made obligatory upon you” [Sūrah al-Baqarah (2): 183]; and others saying it is observed to remember with gratitude that it was during this month that Gabriel revealed the Quran to Prophet Mohammed. In any case, the fast has been observed by devout Muslims, including some in the teams competing in Olympics 2012, for centuries.

Health hazards may have been reported by those partaking of feasts that conclude a day’s fast, but none has so far reported taking ill because of the fast. In fact, fasting [especially in the face of today’s temptations] strengthens the spirit and mind of the person, with attendant benefits to the physique. So, China’s political leaders may rest assured that their fears for the health of their country’s fasting Muslim citizens is unnecessary and unfounded.

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