Ramadan is here, Alhamdolillah! Muslims around the world are now rearranging their daily routines for a month of renewed focus on our spirituality. Most people think of fasting when they hear that Ramadan is coming, and it’s true that this is indeed a major part of observing our holy month. However, fasting is only part of the experience.
Charity and social justice are huge components of Islam. During Ramadan, which began the evening of July 8 and will most likely end the evening of Aug. 7, Muslims are encouraged to remember those who, through no choice of their own, go hungry and thirsty each day of the year. Our fasting is a way for us to learn empathy and humility, to remember all that we have to be thankful for and to give ourselves over to experiencing the kind of physical discomfort that we spend most of our lives trying to avoid.
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