By Lyndon A. Bilal
(The following article is Part II of last week’s Muslim Journal issue, which was extracted from excerpts of an online article about Ramadan from Dr. Khallid Shabazz, LTC, USA Dr. Shabazz was recently appointed as the first Muslim assigned as a Division-Level Chaplain.)
Q: What is Ramadan, and why is it so significant to our Muslim Soldiers?
Chaplain Shabazz: Ramadan has three significant objectives: to promote nearness to God; increase self- control; and encourage charity for those in need.
Q: How does it promote nearness to God for Muslims?
Chaplain Shabazz: As we bear the rigors of fasting purely for the sake of Him Who created us, knowing and feeling that he can see all our actions, however secret, it intensifies the consciousness of God in our hearts, resulting in a higher spiritual experience... Read Jun. 16, 2017's Issue Here.