Being the ninth month
in the Islamic calendar
the Muslims around the world
Fasting from dawn to dusk
taking no water and no food
they pray intensely.
They refrain from smoking
abstain from spurious drinks,
talk, not ill of others,
restrain from hurting others
refrain from swearing and cursing .
Their mind is filled up with thoughts sober.
The rigorous penance teaches men of love.
An optimistic outlook descends
Fasting is a Godly prescription for abstinence.
A month of restrictions, as found
cleanses the body and mind
a self-imposed way to make one fit
both mentally and physically.
The ancient practices have scientific connotations.
Selamat Hari Raya.