But I wasn’t always like this. There was a time when I used to dread this month. A time when I felt like I was missing out on things, like Ramadan somehow held me back from life. And then there was the fear, I can’t quite explain it. I used to be petrified all through the month because I always felt that God was going to come to me at some point and that scared the shit out of me.
I can remember, about 7 or 8 years ago, when I was one of the people going out the weekend before Ramadan, trying to cram in all these activities because I thought that it was the norm and that Ramadan meant that we’d never be able to do them again. So I’d go and watch all the movies I could, or eat out as often as I could… all in anticipation of what seemed to be this HUGE mountain of restrictions and prohibitions that would sit heavily on my shoulders.
Thankfully, these days the sentiment is different and I’d welcome The Almighty with both arms, in fact I’d beg Him to visit, if I could. There’s no fear, only a deep respect and reverence and boundless love. In the past 5 to 6 years, I have come to understand that Ramadan is not this burden I have to bear. Ramadan is not a curse I have suffer. Ramadan is not a pain to be endured.
Instead it is a gift. It is our gift from our Most Merciful Creator. He has given us this month to take a step back, reflect and reconcile. This is the month where we assess our responsibilities and establish our true priorities… away from the confines of a material world. This is the month in which we grow spiritually and try to become better people, people worthy of The Almighty’s endless blessings. I wish everyone observing, a blessed and auspicious Ramadan. I sincerely hope that we all take this opportunity to make the best of it.
In addition, as a conscious practicing Muslim, I'm always mindful that these are blessed days for others too. All the best to my Christian family & friends who observe/celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the 16 August and the Nativity on the 8th of September. All the best to my Hindu friends celebrating/observing Ganesh Charturthi on the 23rd of August and Krishna Janmashtami on the 2nd of September. And all the best to my Jewish friends celebrating/observing Rosh Hashanah on the 9 - 10 September and Yom Kippur on the 18 September.
May your days be filled with love and light...