By His Eminence Shaikh Ahmed al Khalili, Grand Mufti of the Sultanate — The holy month of Ramadhan brings people together and strengthens their social ties; Ramadhan also purifies the soul by enhancing piety, as Allah the Almighty said in the Quran: (O you who believe, fasting is decreed for you as it was decreed for those before you perhaps you may be righteous. The Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) clarified that fasting requires Muslims to distance themselves from what Allah the Exalted has prohibited (categorised as haram ‘unlawful’), he said in the Hadith: “Whoever does not give up false speech and acting upon it, Allaah has no need of his giving up his food and drink”. The Prophet Mohammed said (PBUH): “There is no fasting but by abstaining from the prohibitions of God”. Fasting polishes the soul, improves virtues and eliminates the innate tendency towards evil, the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) said: “Fasting is a shield. When someone is fasting, he should not have sexual relations nor quarrel. If someone fights him or insults him, he should say, ‘I am fasting’”. Undoubtedly, when people get used to fasting is this way and when they adopt good morals they will respect one another and thus strengthening their bonds, the rich among them tend to care for the needy and spend part of their money to help them by paying charity and zakah. When the rich perform fasting and experience the hunger they are feeling the suffering of the poor and tend to sympathise with them.