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Ramadan Update

We’re officially a third of the way into Ramadan now, so I thought I’d send out a little update on how my month has been going so far. When people think of Ramadan and what we do during this beautiful month, their only thoughts are of our abstaining from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. What many people don’t understand is that Ramadan is so much more than that for Muslims and has a much larger impact on our lives than simply going hungry for the duration of the day!

For me, this month is not just about fasting. It’s about trying to set the tone for the rest of my year, getting into the routine of always making time for my prayers, being more patient, using my brain to its fullest capacity and giving generously. These are some of the qualities that make up a good Muslim, and indeed a good human being. For myself, Ramadan serves as a reminder that giving to those less fortunate than yourself, praying five times a day and striving hard to make a positive impact in the world are the core values that everyone should aim to possess all year round.

This year, and indeed the next few years, Ramadan has and will occur during the summer months, when the sun is out the longest and the nights are shortest. For some people, this may produce some grumbling stomachs, but I’d urge all Muslims to not look at it as being a longer fast, but simply more hours of the day to better yourself and the world around you.


I’d like this post with a short poem by Rumi, one of the most inspirational writer’s the world has ever known:

“There’s a hidden sweetness
in the stomach’s emptiness.

We are lutes, no more, no less.
If the sound box is stuffed
full of anything, no music.

If the brain and the belly
are burning clean with fasting,
every moment a new song
comes out of the fire.

The fog clears, and a new
energy makes you run up the
steps in front of you.

Be emptier and cry like
reed instruments cry.
Emptier, write secrets with
the reed pen.

When you’re full of food and drink,
Satan sits where your
spirit should, an ugly metal
statue in place of the Kaaba.

When you fast, good habits gather
like friends who want to help.

Fasting is Solomon’s ring.
Don’t give it to some illusion
and lose your power.

But even if you’ve lost all
will and control, they come
back when you fast,
like soldiers appearing out
of the ground, pennants
flying above them.

A table descends to your
tent, Jesus’s table.
Expect to see it, when you
fast, this table spread with
other food better than the
broth of cabbages.”


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