Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Ramadan by Yasmine Wael

The reason why am writing this, is because today marks the first day of Ramadan. For those who don’t know what Ramadan is, it’s the Muslim holy month. It’s known for being the month where Muslims fast from dusk to dawn, eat nothing all day, as a way to feel the hunger of the poor, and to teach them patience. There are so many reasons why God ordered us to fast,am not gonna go through them all,but I can say that it has lots of health benefits.
During the fasting hours,people are supposed to try not doing anything wrong,for example they shouldn’t lie,shouldn’t smoke,shouldn’t swear or use bad words etc..
also,it’s a chance for people to focus more on their religious and spiritual selves, they should try to give more than take,donate money to charity if they can,feed the hungry and the poor also if they can. it’s a chance for muslims to find some inner peace and reconcile with themselves,and others.
A good thing about Ramadan, is that people start reconnecting with one another,a chance to visit relatives that you haven’t seen for years,get in touch with your friends ,strengthen family ties and try to lead a more peaceful life.
all of the above is just perfect,if Ramadan is just about trying to achieve inner peace and all that. but take a look at all the crap that people do. it’s almost as if we’ve all forgotten what Ramadan is all about,its like Thanksgiving and Christmas put together…
instead of trying to change negative habits,people insist on doing them even more than before,knowingly or not,I mean this:
while driving for instance, and someone gives them a hard time,they start yelling and swearing like never before. what’s that about? if you cannot remember the reason why you’re fasting in the first place,why are you doing it?? Everybody knows what this month is all about,why can’t people try to control their temper?!!
It’s supposed to be this time of the year where you should lead the life of the poor,to experience how it would be like if you’re hungry and have nothing to eat.instead,people go in a grocery shopping frenzy before and during the month and start storing all kinds of food in their fridge,it’s almost as if there will be some nuclear holocaust and there wouldn’t be any food left in their supermarkets! what the hell is that?? they feel the need to compensate all the hunger they’ve been through for 18 hours straight. it’s really ironic when you find people gaining more weight than ever during this month..hello! it would’ve been a golden opportunity for those who struggle to lose weight but can’t.but you know,the exact opposite just happens.
Ramadan is famous for the delicious menus that house wives set during the month,especially the Ramadan deserts: Konafa and Katayef. they’re yummy.

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