On the nights of 18th & 20th July 2013, Vice Chief Executive of PPAO – Mr.Sorathan Jinda, on behalf of PPAO Chief Executive -Mr.Paiboon Upattising, visited Phuket’s Muslim brothers at Masjid Baan Para, moo 4, Tambon Paklok, Masjid Daruslam Mosque and Baan Bang Duk Tambon Maikhoa. Also present at the visits was PPAO Advisor – Mr.Jirasak To-tip. The aim of the visit was to promote Phuket Muslim’s 2013 Ramadan Fasting Ceremonies which were attended by Imams, local leaders and the Muslim communities.
Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, improvement and increased devotion and worship. Muslims are expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam. The fast begins at dawn and ends at sunset. In addition to abstaining from eating and drinking, Muslims also increase restraint, such as abstaining from sexual relations and generally sinful speech and behavior. The act of fasting is said to redirect the heart away from worldly activities, its purpose being to cleanse the soul by freeing it from harmful impurities. Ramadan also teaches Muslims how to better practice self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, and empathy for those who are less fortunate; thus encouraging actions of generosity and compulsory charity.