NDULAMO ANTHONY MORIMA
No doubt, His Excellency the President, Dr. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, has won the hearts of many, with some adoring him almost to the level of fanaticism.
For his die-hard supporters, especially those who hate his predecessor, Lieutenant General Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, with a passion, Masisi can do no wrong. He can say no wrong. He can think no wrong. He is mokgweetsi-the driver they have long awaited to take control of the vehicle which had lost direction under the reckless tutelage of Khama the dictator, an exact antithesis of his great grandfather, Khama the Great. According to them o abetswe botautona. Leadership has been bestowed upon him. To them he is God’s favored son is as far as leadership is concerned.
He is perhaps the only president in the world who is called a ‘boy’ since many of his supporters affectionately call him Sisboy, a name he seems to relish because it makes the youth identify with him. During his inauguration it rained so hard that the ceremony which was initially planned to be held outside Parliament was held inside Parliament. On 1st April this year, one year since his inauguration, it drizzled.
To his supporters, this showed that Masisi is in God’s favour. Such statements as Go Masisi have been uttered to show that his being brings reverence and serenity. Multiple songs have been composed in his name by his party, the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP). With just over a year in office, his party has published a book in his honour. His hitherto critics have become his praise singers. Trade Union veteran, Johnson Motshwarakgole has, at the risk of alienating his base, publicly praised him and, in fact, stated that he can vote for him.
BDP stalwarts who had been alienated by the Khama regime have publicly stated their unequivocal support for him, especially during the build up to the party’s presidential elections from which Dr. Pelonomi Venson Moitoi withdrew on the 11th hour, stating that the elections were a sham and had already been rigged. The question is: is Masisi’s popularity sustainable? To assist you to answer this question we consider the case of Khama and South African former president, Jacob Zuma.
Let us start with Khama. During the dawn of his presidency, he was so loved by many that he had attained a status of a demi-god. Many people, especially the elderly, used to be so overwhelmed by love that they cried when they saw him. His impromptu walk-abouts and house to house visits endeared him to thousands of Batswana who regarded him as the savior they had long awaited. I remember one elderly woman who, after shaking hands with him, stated, on live television, that she will not wash her hands for some days so that Khama’s touch soaks in her.
The old men who used to sit with him around his popular bond fires used to be so elated that they would cry. One of them, also on live television, stated, in tears, that he never thought he could ever bite a piece from the same meat (Lesuhu) that a president ate from. Khama, affectionately called Tshetha from Tshetha ya dikgwa, meaning lion of the jungle, had become so popular that his preferred fisher men’s jacket became the thing to wear, even in offices.
Masisi himself, especially when he was Minster of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, leading the poverty eradication programme, was the dress code’s ambassador. Even today, he wears it. If you did not have the jacket and the farmers’ hat you were not a person. Bachelorship nearly became the in thing since several of his proteges remained unmarried. Those who were married either divorced or became estranged from their wives.
If you spoke ill of Khama you risked being beaten or purged, at least. Desert racing, cultural events, Bakgalagadi’s Polka dance, grass root sport in the form of constituency tournaments, et cetera became the in thing because of his patronage. We turn to Zuma. He used to mesmerize the masses with his singing, especially the popular liberation song ‘A o lethi Mshini wami’, loosely translated to mean bring my machine gun.
His popularity, especially among his tribesmen, the Zulu, was so unprecedented that some believe it even surpassed that of the late Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Even when he faced one of the most heinous crimes, rape, his supporters were undeterred, even threatening harm against his accuser, the late Fezekile "Khwezi" Kuzwayo. Being charged with corruption in fact made him a celebrity, with thousands of his supporters bracing unforgiving weather conditions to gather around court every time he went to court.
The African National Congress (ANC) recalled his predecessor, former president Thabo Mbeki, simply because he had removed Zuma as deputy president because of the corruption scandals he was facing. One of the charges he was facing was with respect to the Arms Deal, which charges were reinstated by former National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Shaun Abrahams, in 2018 after former NDPP, Advocate Mokoteti Mshe, dropped them in 2009.
There is one thing common about Khama and Zuma. When they left office, they were very unpopular, with Zuma suffering the same fate that he engineered against Mbeki when he was recalled by the ANC and resigned as state president, with only six months before the expiry of his constitutional term.
When Zuma was recalled by the ANC and resigned as president many of his cheer leaders abandoned him and aligned with his then deputy, Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, whose political career nearly came to an end when Zuma, among others, peddled propaganda that Ramaphosa and Tokyo Sixwale were planning to overthrow the government. Though unlike Zuma, Khama finished his term, many, including his political proteges have forsaken him and are riding the Go Masisi wave. Masisi, who, by all accounts, owes his presidency to Khama, is today Khama’s nemesis.
Khama is no longer referred to as Rraetsho, but he is called with derogatory words that are not worth repeating in this article. But, why has Zuma and Khama suffered this fate? In the case of Botswana, former president Festus Mogae was far less popular than Khama, but after leaving office he did not suffer the humiliation that Khama is suffering. Similarly, in the case of South Africa, Mbeki was not even half as popular as Zuma, but his dignity has remained intact post his retirement.
In my view, the difference is that, by and large, Mogae and Mbeki’s leadership was guided by principle and not sheer political expediency. Of course, like all humans, they erred, but their presidencies were not characterized by folly. Like all politicians they made promises, some improbable to achieve, but they seldom exploited the peoples’ ignorance and trust. Put simply, they did not take the people for granted.
Mogae, for instance, was well known for calling a spade a spade. If, based on evidence, there was no case for salary increments, for instance, he made none despite the political ramification that would ensue. When the Tsolamosese squatters had to be evicted, he ordered their evictions despite the fact that, at the time, the BDP desperately needed to win at least one constituency in or around Gaborone. When people hurled slurs at him, he said le nna ke a le ikomanyetsa, meaning that he will also hurl slurs at them.
That notwithstanding, he has continued to enjoy respect among Batswana more than ten years since he retired. The question is: will Masisi’s popularity endure up to the end of his presidency and beyond? Just this week, after he stated he will not rest until Kgosi Kgafela comes back to Botswana, many Batswana began to question his sincerity. Many asked why he will only do that now when he is in fact the person who contributed to Kgosi Kgafela’s escape to South Africa when he was Minster of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration.
Many wondered why he is only saying that now at the eve of the general elections when he failed to do that for the past one year. They wondered whether this is not a ploy to lure Bakgatla to vote for the BDP. Some posed the popular Rapitsenyana question ‘one o le bokgakala bo kae’ when Kgabo was forced to flee his country, leaving his tribe without their Kgosi. Others referred to one of Masisi’s inaugural promises that he will, as a matter of priority, table the long-awaited Declaration of Assets & Liabilities Bill, stating that more than one year since he assumed office the Bill has not been tabled.
In my view, because of Masisi’s over promises; his insincerity at times, his propensity to ride on division, even tribal division, and, in some instances, taking Batswana for a ride for political expediency, his popularity may not last his term and beyond. Already, beyond the Kang euphoria, some are beginning to realize that there was nothing after all. Of course, he, especially within the BDP, still has momentum because of the forthcoming general elections.
But, beyond the elections, things may change. Batswana are going to start demanding the jobs and better life Masisi has been promising. By then, the Khama question may no longer be the distraction he currently is. Some of his ardent supporters will have been disappointed by not being appointed ministers, specially elected Members of Parliament (MPs) and nominated Councilors, and they would have switched factions.
If things do not change and he lasts his full term, which is likely because of the melancholic state of the Opposition, his lame duck days may be worse than those of Khama. But, that is assuming the BDP will win the forthcoming elections. Things may get worse for Masisi should the new Khama led party be formed. This may result in a hung Parliament, and a coalition between the new party and the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) or Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) or Alliance for Progressives (AP) may relegate the BDP to the opposition benches.
Ndulamo Anthony Morima
In recent years, using personal devices in working environments has become so commonplace it now has its own acronym, BOYD (Bring Your Own Device). But as employees skip between corporate tools and personal applications on their own devices, their actions introduce a number of possible risks that should be managed and mitigated with careful consideration. Consider these examples:
Si-lwli, a small family-run business in Wales, is arguably as niche a company as you could find, producing talking toys used to promote the Welsh language. Their potential market is small, with only some 300,000 Welsh language speakers in the world and in reality the business is really more of a hobby for the husband-and-wife team, who both still have day jobs. Yet, despite still managing to be successful in terms of sales, the business is now fighting for survival after recently falling prey to cybercriminals. Emails between Si-Iwli and their Chinese suppliers were intercepted by hackers who altered the banking details in the correspondence, causing Si-Iwli to hand over £18,000 (around P ¼ m) to the thieves. That might not sound much to a large enterprise, but to a small or medium business it can be devastating.
Another recent SMB hacking story which appeared in the Wall Street Journal concerned Innovative Higher Ed Consulting (IHED) Inc, a small New York start-up with a handful of employees. IHED didn’t even have a website, but fraudsters were able to run stolen credit card numbers through the company’s payment system and reverse the charges to the tune of $27,000, around the same loss faced by Si-Iwli. As the WSJ put it, the hackers completely destroyed the company, forcing its owners to fold.
And in May 2019, the city of Baltimore’s computer system was hit by a ransomware attack, with hackers using a variant called RobinHood. The hack, which has lasted more than a month, paralysed the computer system for city employees, with the hackers demanding a payment in Bitcoin to give access back to the city.
Of course, hackers target governments or business giants but small and medium businesses are certainly not immune. In fact, 67% of SMBs reported that they had experienced a cyber attack across a period of 12 months, according to a 2018 survey carried out by security research firm Ponemon Institute. Additionally, Verizon issued a report in May 2019 that small businesses accounted for 43% of its reported data breaches. Once seen as less vulnerable than PCs, smartphone attacks are on the rise, with movements like the Dark Caracal spyware campaign underlining the allure of mobile devices to hackers. Last year, the US Federal Trade Commission released a statement calling for greater education on mobile security, coming at a time when around 42% of all Android devices are believed to not carry the latest security updates.
This is an era when employees increasingly use their smartphones for work-related purposes so is your business doing enough to protect against data breaches on their employees’ phones? The SME Cyber Crime Survey 2018 carried out for risk management specialists AON showed that more than 80% of small businesses did not view this as a threat yet if as shown, 67% of SMBs were said to have been victims of hacking, either the stats are wrong or business owners are underestimating their vulnerability. A 2019 report by PricewaterhouseCoopers suggests the latter, stating that the majority of global businesses are unprepared for cyber attacks.
Consider that a workstation no longer means a desk in an office: It can be a phone in the back of a taxi or Uber; a laptop in a coffee shop, or a tablet in an airport lounge. Wherever the device is used, employees can potentially install applications that could be harmful to your business, even from something as seemingly insignificant as clicking on an accidental download or opening a link on a phishing email. Out of the physical workplace, your employees’ activities might not have the same protections as they would on a company-monitored PC.
Yet many businesses not only encourage their employees to work remotely, but assume working from coffee shops, bookstores, and airports can boost employees’ productivity. Unfortunately, many remote hot spots do not provide secure Wi-Fi so if your employee is accessing their work account on unsecured public Wi-Fi, sensitive business data could be at risk. Furthermore, even if your employee uses a company smartphone or has access to company data through a personal mobile device, there is always a chance data could be in jeopardy with a lost or stolen device, even information as basic as clients’ addresses and phone numbers.
BOYDs are also at risk from malware designed to harm and infect the host system, transmittable to smartphones when downloading malicious third-party apps. Then there is ransomware, a type of malware used by hackers to specifically take control of a system’s data, blocking access or threatening to release sensitive information unless a ransom is paid such as the one which affected Baltimore. Ransomware attacks are on the increase, predicted to occur every 14 seconds, potentially costing billions of dollars per year.
Lastly there is phishing – the cyber equivalent of the metaphorical fishing exercise – whereby cybercriminals attempt to obtain sensitive data –usernames, passwords, credit card details –usually through a phoney email designed to look legitimate which directs the user to a fraudulent website or requests the data be emailed back directly. Most of us like to think we could recognize a phishing email when we see it, but these emails have become more sophisticated and can come through other forms of communication such as messaging apps.
Bottom line is to be aware of the potential problems with BOYDs and if in doubt, consult your IT security consultants. You can’t put the own-device genie back in the bottle but you can make data protection one of your three wishes!
“I Propose to Diana Tonight”
About five days before Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed landed in Paris, General Atiku, a certain Edward Williams was taking a walk in a woods in the Welsh town of Mountain Ash. Williams, then 73, was a psychic of some renown. He had in the past foretold assassination attempts on US President Ronald Reagan, which occurred on March 30, 1981, and Pope John Paul II, which came to pass on May 13, 1981.
As he trudged the woods, Williams had a sudden premonition that pointed to Diana’s imminent fate as per Christopher Andersen’s book The Day Diana Died. “When the vision struck me, it was as if everything around me was obscured and replaced by shadowy figures,” Williams was later to reminisce. “In the middle was the face of Princess Diana. Her expression was sad and full of pathos. She was wearing what looked like a floral dress with a short dark cardigan. But it was vague. I went cold with fear and knew it was a sign that she was in danger.”
Williams hastily beat a retreat to his home, which he shared with his wife Mary, and related to her his presentiment, trembling like an aspen leaf as he did so. “I have never seen him so upset,” Mary recounted. “He felt he was given a sign and when he came back from his walk he was deeply shaken.”
The following day, Williams frantically sauntered into a police station to inform the police of his premonition. The officer who attended to him would have dismissed him as no more than a crackpot but he treated him seriously in view of the accuracy of his past predictions. He took a statement and immediately passed it on to the Special Branch Investigative Unit.
The report read as follows:
“On 27 August, at 14:12 hrs, a man by the name of Edward Williams came to Mountain Ash police station. He said he was a psychic and predicted that Princess Diana was going to die. In previous years, he has predicted that the Pope and Ronald Reagan were going to be the victims of assassination attempts. On both occasions he was proved to be correct. Mr Williams appeared to be quite normal.”
Williams, General, was spot-on as usual: four days later, the princess was no more.
Meanwhile, General, even as Dodi and Diana were making their way to the Fayed-owned Ritz Hotel in central Paris, British newspapers were awash with headlines that suggested Diana was kind of deranged. Writes Andrew Morton in Diana in Pursuit of Love: “In The Independent Diana was described as ‘a woman with fundamentally nothing to say about anything’. She was ‘suffering from a form of arrested development’. ‘Isn’t it time she started using her head?’ asked The Mail on Sunday. The Sunday Mirror printed a special supplement entitled ‘A Story of Love’; The News of the World claimed that William had demanded that Diana should split from Dodi: ‘William can’t help it, he just doesn’t like the man.’ William was reportedly ‘horrified’ and ‘doesn’t think Mr Fayed is good for his mother’ – or was that just the press projecting their own prejudices? The upmarket Sunday Times newspaper, which had first serialised my biography of the princess, now put her in the psychiatrist’s chair for daring to be wooed by a Muslim. The pop-psychologist Oliver James put Diana ‘On the Couch’, asking why she was so ‘depressed’ and desperate for love. Other tabloids piled in with dire prognostications – about Prince Philip’s hostility to the relationship, Diana’s prospect of exile, and the social ostracism she would face if she married Dodi.”
DIANA AND DODI AT THE RITZ
Before Diana and Dodi departed the Villa Windsor sometime after 16 hrs, General, one of Dodi’s bodyguards Trevor Rees-Jones furtively asked Diana as to what the programme for the evening was. This Trevor did out of sheer desperation as Dodi had ceased and desisted from telling members of his security detail, let alone anyone else for that matter, what his onward destination was for fear that that piece of information would be passed on to the paparazzi. Diana kindly obliged Trevor though her response was terse and scarcely revealing. “Well, eventually we will be going out to a restaurant”, that was all Diana said. Without advance knowledge of exactly what restaurant that was, Trevor and his colleagues’ hands were tied: they could not do a recce on it as was standard practice for the security team of a VIP principal. Dodi certainly, General, was being recklessly by throwing such caution to the winds.
At about 16:30, Diana and Dodi drew up at the Ritz Hotel, where they were received by acting hotel manager Claude Roulet. The front entrance of the hotel was already crawling with paparazzi, as a result of which the couple took the precaution of using the rear entrance, where hopefully they would make their entry unperturbed and unmolested. The first thing they did when they were ensconced in the now $10,000 a night Imperial Suite was to spend some time on their mobiles and set about touching base with friends, relations, and associates. Diana called at least two people, her clairvoyant friend Rita Rogers and her favourite journalist Richard Kay of The Daily Mail.
Rita, General, was alarmed that Diana had proceeded to venture to Paris notwithstanding the warning she had given Dodi and herself in relation to what she had seen of him in the crystal ball when the couple had consulted her. When quizzed as to what the hell she indeed was doing in Paris at that juncture, Diana replied that she and Dodi had simply come to do some shopping, which though partially true was not the material reason they were there. “But Diana, remember what I told Dodi,” Rita said somewhat reprovingly. Diana a bit apprehensively replied, “Yes I remember. I will be careful. I promise.” Well, she did not live up to her promise as we shall soon unpack General.
As for Richard Kay, Diana made known to him that, “I have decided I am going to radically change my life. I am going to complete my obligations to charities and to the anti-personnel land mines cause, but in November I want to completely withdraw from formal public life.”
Once she was done with her round of calls, Diana went down to the hair saloon by the hotel swimming pool to have her hair washed and blow-dried ahead of the scheduled evening dinner.
THE “TELL ME YES” RING IS DELIVERED
Since the main object of their Paris trip was to pick up the “Tell Me Yes” engagement ring Dodi had ordered in Monte Carlo a week earlier, Dodi decided to check on Repossi Jewellery, which was right within the Ritz prencincts, known as the Place Vendome. It could have taken less than a minute for Dodi to get to the store on foot but he decided to use a car to outsmart the paparazzi invasion. He was driven there by Trevor Rees-Jones, with Alexander Kez Wingfield and Claude Roulet following on foot, though he entered the shop alone.
The Repossi store had closed for the holiday season but Alberto Repossi, accompanied by his wife and brother-in-law, had decided to travel all the way from his home in Monaco and momentarily open it for the sake of the potentially highly lucrative Dodi transaction. Alberto, however, disappointed Dodi as the ring he had chosen was not the one he produced. The one he showed Dodi was pricier and perhaps more exquisite but Dodi was adamant that he wanted the exact one he had ordered as that was what Diana herself had picked. It was a ploy on the part of Repossi to make a real killing on the sale, his excuse to that effect being that Diana deserved a ring tha was well worthy of her social pedigree. With Dodi having expressed disaffection, Repossi rendered his apologies and assured Dodi he would make the right ring available shortly, whereupon Dodi repaired back to the hotel to await its delivery. But Dodi did insist nonetheless that the pricier ring be delivered too in case it appealed to Diana anyway.
Repossi delivered the two rings an hour later. They were collected by Roulet. On inspecting them, Dodi chose the very one he had seen in Monte Carlo, apparently at the insistence of Diana. There is a possibility that Diana, who was very much aware of her public image and was not comfortable with ostentatious displays of wealth, may have deliberately shown an interest in a less expensive engagement ring. It may have been a purely romantic as opposed to a prestigious choice for her.
The value of the ring, which was found on a wardrobe shelf in Dodi’s apartment after the crash, has been estimated to be between $20,000 and $250,000 as Repossi has always refused to be drawn into revealing how much Dodi paid for it. The sum, which enjoyed a 25 percent discount, was in truth paid for not by Dodi himself but by his father as was the usual practice.
Dodi was also shown Repossi’s sketches for a bracelet, a watch, and earrings which he proposed to create if Diana approved of them.
DIANA AND DODI GUSH OVER IMMINENT NUPTIALS
At about 7 pm, Dodi and Diana left the Ritz and headed for Dodi’s apartment at a place known as the Arc de Trompe. They went there to properly tog themselves out for the scheduled evening dinner. They spent two hours at the luxurious apartment. As usual, the ubiquitous paparazzi were patiently waiting for them there.
As they lingered in the apartment, Dodi beckoned over to his butler Rene Delorm and showed him the engagement ring. “Dodi came into my kitchen,” Delorm relates. “He looked into the hallway to check that Diana couldn’t hear and reached into his pocket and pulled out the box … He said, ‘Rene, I’m going to propose to the princess tonight. Make sure that we have champagne on ice when we come back from dinner’.” Rene described the ring as “a spectacular diamond encrusted ring, a massive emerald surrounded by a cluster of diamonds, set on a yellow and white gold band sitting in a small light-grey velvet box”.
Just before 9 pm, Dodi called the brother of his step-father, Hassan Yassen, who also was staying at the Ritz that night, and told him that he hoped to get married to Diana by the end of the year.
Later that same evening, both Dodi and Diana would talk to Mohamed Al Fayed, Dodi’s dad, and make known to him their pre-nuptial intentions. “They called me and said we’re coming back (to London) on Sunday (August 31) and on Monday (September 1) they are
RAMADAN – The Blessed Month of Fasting
Ramadan is the fasting month for Muslims, where over one billion Muslims throughout the world fast from dawn to sunset, and pray additional prayers at night. It is a time for inner reflection, devotion to Allah, and self-control. It is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. As you read this Muslims the world over have already begun fasting as the month of Ramadan has commenced (depending on the sighting of the new moon).
‘The month of Ramadan is that in which the Qur’an was revealed as guidance for people, in it are clear signs of guidance and Criterion, therefore whoever of you who witnesses this month, it is obligatory on him to fast it. But whoever is ill or traveling let him fast the same number of other days, God desires ease for you and not hardship, and He desires that you complete the ordained period and glorify God for His guidance to you, that you may be grateful”. Holy Qur’an (2 : 185)
Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars upon which the structure of Islam is built. The other four are: the declaration of one’s belief in Allah’s oneness and in the message of Muhammad (PBUH); regular attendance to prayer; payment of zakaat (obligatory charity); and the pilgrimage to Mecca.
As explained in an earlier article, fasting includes total abstinence from eating, drinking, smoking, refraining from obscenity, avoiding getting into arguments and including abstaining from marital relations, from sunrise to sunset. While fasting may appear to some as difficult Muslims see it as an opportunity to get closer to their Lord, a chance to develop spiritually and at the same time the act of fasting builds character, discipline and self-restraint.
Just as our cars require servicing at regular intervals, so do Muslims consider Ramadan as a month in which the body and spirit undergoes as it were a ‘full service’. This ‘service’ includes heightened spiritual awareness both the mental and physical aspects and also the body undergoing a process of detoxification and some of the organs get to ‘rest’ through fasting.
Because of the intensive devotional activity fasting, Ramadan has a particularly high importance, derived from its very personal nature as an act of worship but there is nothing to stop anyone from privately violating Allah’s commandment of fasting if one chooses to do so by claiming to be fasting yet eating on the sly. This means that although fasting is obligatory, its observance is purely voluntary. If a person claims to be a Muslim, he is expected to fast in Ramadan.
The reward Allah gives for proper fasting is very generous. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) quotes Allah as saying: “All actions done by a human being are his own except fasting, which belongs to Me and I will reward it accordingly.” We are also told by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that the reward for proper fasting is admittance into heaven.
Fasting earns great reward when it is done in a ‘proper’ manner. This is because every Muslim is required to make his worship perfect. For example perfection of fasting can be achieved through restraint of one’s feelings and emotions. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said that when fasting, a person should not allow himself to be drawn into a quarrel or a slanging match. He teaches us: “On a day of fasting, let no one of you indulge in any obscenity, or enter into a slanging match. Should someone abuse or fight him, let him respond by saying: ‘I am fasting!’”
This high standard of self-restraint fits in well with fasting, which is considered as an act of self-discipline. Islam requires us to couple patience with voluntary abstention from indulgence in our physical desires. The purpose of fasting helps man to attain a high degree of sublimity, discipline and self-restraint. In other words, this standard CAN BE achieved by every Muslim who knows the purpose of fasting and strives to fulfill it.
Fasting has another special aspect. It makes all people share in the feelings of hunger and thirst. In normal circumstances, people with decent income may go from one year’s end to another without experiencing the pangs of hunger which a poor person may feel every day of his life. Such an experience helps to draw the rich one’s conscience nearer to needs of the poor. A Muslim is encouraged to be more charitable and learns to give generously for a good cause.
Fasting also has a universal or communal aspect to it. As Muslims throughout the world share in this blessed act of worship, their sense of unity is enhanced by the fact that every Muslim individual joins willingly in the fulfillment of this divine commandment. This is a unity of action and purpose, since they all fast in order to be better human beings. As a person restrains himself from the things he desires most, in the hope that he will earn Allah’s pleasure, self-discipline and sacrifice become part of his nature.
The month of Ramadan can aptly be described as a “season of worship.” Fasting is the main aspect of worship in this month, because people are more attentive to their prayers, read the Qur’an more frequently and also strive to improve on their inner and outer character. Thus, their devotion is more complete and they feel much happier in Ramadan because they feel themselves to be closer to their Creator.