So Ramadan came and went. Like it does every year. Only this year was a little different. I've never had such a tough Ramadan in a very long time, if ever. I don't know exactly what was so taxing about it, because it wasn't the hunger or the thirst or the chronic exhaustion. No, all that was easy. It was just something else...
In any case, it was a good and successful month. I managed to do what I had to do and get through each day by the grace of The Almighty.
There was still a lot that I wanted to say on this blog during the month that I didn't get to say because I either had no time or no energy. Maybe next year. People don't know how much it takes out of me to do posts based on religion.
I read a lot recreationally throughout the year, and over months and years I collate necessary information to bring to this blog - not only for public knowledge - but for myself really. So some of those posts were months and even years in the making. It's not easy putting it together, especially because it requires checking, re-checking and validating the information and its sources. And for some inexplicable reason, it's emotionally draining.
I've often said that there's nothing wrong with Islam, but there's a lot wrong with Muslims in general. And I believe that more than ever before.
For some reason, many Muslims cannot reconcile their beliefs with their secular lifestyles and tend to veer from one extreme to the next. It's like they'll either become fanatical, or they want to change the rules of Islam to suit them, or they abandon the religion altogether. Most Muslims don't know the how to worship and still live in the 21st century. And for that, I place the blame squarely on their effed up cultures that dictate how and who people should be in their societies. Please note this is NOT EVERYONE, ONLY A FRACTION OF THE POPULATION, BUT ENOUGH PEOPLE TO GIVE THE REST A BAD NAME.
I've never been a fan of culture. Like I said previously, where Islam was meant to unify, culture did nothing but divide. That aside, I know enough to know that every society cannot exist without culture - so we're basically screwed.
I rarely talk of my religion outside of Ramadan because for me, it's a very intimate and personal thing. I don't mind answering any questions and giving my opinion when asked. But for the most part, my relationship with God Almighty is no ones business but my own. I worship and practice Islam in a way that is very much a part of my every day life. It's like brushing my teeth. It's something I have to do for myself and I don't expect a medal every time I do it. I don't expect to get rewarded for my worship any more than one would expect to be rewarded for combing ones hair.
For those who believe that Muslim women are oppressed, let me just state for the record that I am very happy to have been born a Muslim and that I get to pratice Islam, in much the same way my second cousin Lila is very happy to have been born Catholic and to be practicing Christianity - and we respect each others beliefs. To each his own. There is no one else I'd rather be, and I wouldn't give it up for the world.
I have the utmost respect for all faiths. I truely believe that every single person out there has the right to forge their own path to The Divine, in any manner they choose, as long as it doesn't hurt others. And I will never stop anyone from seeking Him out. My name is not God and I do not judge or condemn.
Belated Eid Mubarak to all the people who celebrated on Sunday.