Arriving at the office, our diligent office assistant asked, Coffee madam? Tea? I shook my head and said, No, thank you.
The contracts officer asked similarly the next day, Where do you go for lunch? We don’t see you…
I just smiled and went back to my workstation (Our cafeteria is closed during Ramadan, so everyone goes somewhere else).
Ramadan (Arabic: رمضان} Ramaḍān, IPA: [rɑmɑˈdˤɑːn]; variations Persian: Ramazān; Hindi: रमज़ान Urdu: Ramzān; Turkish: Ramazan) is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is the fifth pillar of Islam.It is generally known around the world as the Muslim month of fasting, in which Muslims refrain from dawn until sunset from eating, drinking, and sexual relations. The month lasts 29 or 30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in hadiths. The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root “ramida” or “ar-ramad,” which means scorching heat or dryness.
According to Islam, the sawab (rewards) of fasting are many, but in this month, they are believed to be multiplied. Fasting for Muslims in this month, typically, includes the increased offering of salat prayers and recitation of the Quran. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramadan)
I am a Christian and we’re not obliged to do so, (we can still eat and drink as long as not in public).
So why fast?
My heart whispers respect and gratitude.
This is my 6th Ramadan in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Most prefer to go home for vacation at this time (as it is also summer high), but it is actually the month I look forward each year. For me, it is the month of peace and refection.
Fasting lets us experience and understand what Muslims are going through during this period. It also gives us opportunities to exercise more gentleness, patience and fortitude, a better appreciation of water and food at the breaking of the fast, to finding a deeper sense of spirituality….