Mumbai: A senior female police officer, who observes since last 25 years all the thirty fasts during Ramadan - the Muslim holy month of fasting, says fast makes her honest, and keeps her cool.
"Fasting se mujhe peace of mind milta hai... Mujhe honest aur dimag thanda rakhne me madad milti hai (Fasting gives me peace of mind... makes me honest and helps me resist temptations", Sr Police Inspector Sujata Patil said while talking to local media.
Sujata Patil is a senior police inspector at Kherwadi Police Station in Mumbai's Bandra East.
"I am observing fast since last twenty five years. I wake up at 04:00 a.m. for Suhur and fast entire day and then Iftar in the evening. Like any other Muslim, I eagerly await the holy month's arrival. This has now all become a routine", she said.
She said that with her 'small effort' she wanted to send a positive message to the society.
She also said that her observance of fasts has earned her respect among Muslims.
"Recently there occurred a riot-like situation in my area. Once I reached the spot and told the mob that I was fasting, tempers cooled down and normalcy returned," she claims.
Thirty days of fasting in the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, and is mandatory of every Muslim adult.
The month revolves around different seasons throughout the year based on the Islamic lunar calendar. This year it started on June 18 and 19, and is expected to end with Eid - the time for reward and celebrations, on July 17 or 18.