I am 50 years old and I have been fasting the whole month of Ramadhan for 30 years. Probably I was too immature and tradition junky. Now I have deeply reflected and think - what did fasting do for me during and after Ramadhan? What has Namaz 5/day done for me in 30 years? Excuse my honesty but now I feel that I have only wasted my time and energy in these rituals for more than half of my life.
Allow me to call it nothing but suffering. Add to it the phenomenal violation of human rights for which I feel embarrassed, guilty and ashamed.
I have studied the Quran and Hadeeth quite a few times but now I believe that the Almighty could not have prescribed these useless, painful rituals. Our clergy and laymen might have misunderstood these sources.
I hope that the moderators will allow this post. Please correct me if I am wrong.