One of the greatest paradox of Ramadan is that, in spite of fasting, food consumption goes up. Ramadan is a time of self-restraint and renunciation of the physical in favour of the spiritual. It is also a time of thinking about the less fortunate in society.
One's activities during this month paint a very different picture. What then are the roles and values of women in this holy month?
According to Imam Mahmoud, the role of the Muslim woman goes beyond just the wearing of the scarf. She is said to be the role model, the first teacher for children and the religious guide for our Ummah (nation).
He added that, "it is the women’s role to ensure that the children pray."
"She must also pray because most women will fast without praying," he added.
The Prophet said if a woman prays five times daily and fasts during the month of Ramadan, she guards her chastity and obeys her husband. And should that woman die, all the doors of heaven is open to her to enter.
He further emphasized on how important it was for the woman at home to try to monitor the activities of the children.
"They must be mindful of the kind of music they are listening to and make sure they listen to Quranic messages and pray. Women should also cover their body during the Ramadan," he said.
Imam Mahmoud advised women to refrain from vain conversations while noting that, "during the Ramadan not only should the mouth fast, our eyes should be fasting."
"What we are looking at will be shown to us during resurrection; our ears should be fasting, and our legs should be fasting. Ramadan is a holy month and we must keep it holy. Women should observe all these things during and after the month of Ramadan," he stressed.
"Allah stated it clearly in the holy Quran that they should not display their beauty or their ornaments except to their husbands or their fathers, their sons or little children." he added.
"During the month of Ramadan no woman should expose her beauty to other men out there, especially while fasting."
Meanwhile, speaking to GIJONLINENEWS, Hajia Rukaya, a housewife said, during fasting period she gets stressed and exhausted due to the kind of attention she gave to both her husband and children.
Aunty Fati, a trader, also complained that instead of reduced housework and child care, these duties are increased and this makes women weak during the day.
Story by: Sherifa S. Lutterodt (diploma 1) Ibrahim Ayishetu (diploma 1b) Jalel-Deen (diploma 1c)