A Midway Ramadan Reflection

Written by: Aymen Sherwani – Grade 11

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With 6 days left of Ramadan, which is a holy month of fasting and religious devotion, I admit – I’ve started to have an existential crisis. For instance, my sleeping schedule is practically non-existent now, considering the fact that breakfast is at 3AM, after coming come from prayers at 1AM, which is after a 10PM dinner – not that I’m complaining. #TimeIsASocialConstruct

As Muslims, we have a lot to look forward to during the month of Ramadan, in regards to donating to the less fortunate, becoming more in touch with our religion, and of course – food.Let’s face it, what does one think about after 19 hours of refraining from food and water? 8 hours in is when the toilet water begins to look attractive. Apart from the charity balls (haha, she said balls), work& tedious midnight prayers at the mosque, Muslims spend practically the rest of their time submerged in food shopping.  Taking myself as a pathetic example, the amount of times I ask my mother what’s for dinner in one day, is more than the amount of times I pray, and that’s honestly concerning. It’s a good thing I’m not alone in this food driven madness! (Or is it…)

Worldwide, Muslims spend 66.5% more on poultry and meats, 73% more on sweets and 25% more on nuts. A studywas done by the NCSCR,focused on food purchases in Egypt during the month of Ramadan, which provided that Egyptians spend approximately 200 billion pounds annually, ironically during the month of fasting. #YouHadOneJob #LikeSeriously

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However, all the excess food purchases all make sense in the end, because during the month of Ramadan dinner parties and banquets increase by 23% as well. Yet in the end, it’s not about the amazing, mouth-watering food, which I’ll probably binge eat every night for the next 14 days. Ramadan is about becoming a better person, and many people, myself included, oversee that a lot of times due to the fact that we’re hungry. The real reason Muslims fast during this month is to actually empathize for the individuals in our world who haven’t been given the privileges of food and water at their fingertips. It is to understand that not everyone has the advantages of a caring family, a home, or even insurance that they will be safe when they fall asleep. For instance, at my local mosque, there is an annual Ramadan fundraiser, to raise money for refugees in war, famine and disaster ridden countries. This year, there is a goal to reach approximately $100,000 in donations for Syrian refugees, and those experiencing the devastation of the Nepal earthquake, by Eid.

Now Eid is celebrated by 1.2 billion muslims annually, to celebrate the end of Ramadan, with sweets, banquets, mehndi, prayer, charity, and much more! Of course it varies between regions, but for my family it’s a day with a traditional desert for breakfast (whaddupdiabeties?), morning prayers, and a large dinner party towards the evening, where parents make it rain money on their children. Considering that there are approximately 6 days left, Muslims everywhere arepreparing for that one day week of festivities.

Ramadan has been fun, but I know I can’t wait for Eid.

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