God knows your temptations!During my Jamia hostel days, I had pasted 2 poster of Aishwarya Rai on wall, my room no. was 1 and in room no. 19, there was a pencil-sketch on wall, probably drawn by a fine Arts student; room no. 1 and 19 were first and last inhabitable rooms in the hostel. On Ramadan days, the inhabitants of room no. 1 were persuaded to cover the beautiful sketch by newspaper and that piece of art was open for remaining 11 months of year. Even, I was also pressurized to throw the posters of Aishwarya Rai in dustbin as it was held to spoil the prayer offerings and was polluting one during the holy period of Ramadan. But I was also a stubborn brat and argued to protestors that just concentrate on their prayer and not on the wall.
My pious roommate was brought up in a Madarsa and once told me that sex is a forbidden act during Ramadan. By rolling my eyes, I asked mischievously, does it means Muslims don’t beget babies after nine months of Ramadan and there was a lull after my question. My curiosity is solved after a decade and you can learn what holy Quran says about sex in the month of Ramadan.
From the excerpt of a book ‘Reading Quran by Ziauddin Sardar’, it says, “… sex is nothing to be ashamed of or feel guilty about. During the Prophet’s time, Muslims in Medina believed that sex was forbidden during the month of Ramadan, even at night when eating and drinking is allowed. However, not everyone could resist the temptation. They felt guilty and admitted to the Prophet that they had spoiled their fast by having sexual relations during Ramadan. The incident is mentioned in 2:187 in the book ‘The Quran’ translated by Tarif Khalidi, “It is licit for you, on a night of fasting, to lie down with your wives. They are as a garment to you, and you are as a garment to them. God knows you used to cheat, but He has turned His face towards you and forgiven you. But now go in and lie with them, and seek what God has foreordained for you, and eat and drink until the white streak of dawn can be distinguished from the black streak. Then complete your fast until night-time. Do not lie with them in periods when you retire for devotional prayers in mosques.
These are the bounds set by God: do not infringe them. Thus does God make clear His signs to mankind – perhaps they will grow pious.”