Dr M advises Muslims on the importance of self-restraint during fasting month


PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad advises against overspending at Ramadan bazaars and buying more than one can eat during the fasting month.

In his Ramadan video message on Sunday (May 5), the Prime Minister also said he hoped that fasting would not just be treated as a ritual, but also as a lesson to Muslims on the importance of self-restraint.

“During the fasting month, usually we will have Ramadan bazaars. At these bazaars, many types of food would be sold.

“Sometimes we get influenced and buy more than we need and usually eat.

“Although we are aware that those who trade at Ramadan bazaars are looking to get better income in Ramadan, at the same time, we must control ourselves so we don’t waste the little amount of money that we have.

“I hope that this fasting month will not just be an act of worship but also a lesson for us on the importance of controlling our desires,” he said.

Dr Mahathir explained that when one is in control of their desires, they will avoid doing things prohibited by religion and society.

“We consider fasting as an important act of worship in shaping our character because the fasting month teaches us to control ourselves from doing anything prohibited by Islam such as eating, but there are many other things that we must also observe.

“I hope that all of us will become better human beings as a result of practising self-control,” he said.

Muslims in Malaysia will start fasting on Monday (May 6), as announced by the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal Datuk Seri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad.

 

Related story:

Muslims in Malaysia to begin Ramadan fast on Monday (May 6)