Through and through, I am a Muslim. Not a perfect one, but one nonetheless.
I don't discuss religion because I don't want to. My religion does not affect my writing nor does my writing affect my religion. Both are private affairs I don't intend to ever bring up. It's unnecessary. However, I feel Ramadan is different. A rare instance I will write about it because Ramadan is what it is.
I've discussed what Ramadan is, at least for me, last year.
For the next month, I don't eat, I don't drink and I try to be good. Better than I am.
This is when we count our blessings and stay grateful. I carry this sentiment towards this month. It continues to be something I look forward to experience, the calm shift around my city. Everyone quiet and tranquil, hungry but complacent.
It is the peace I miss, and perhaps what we desperately need. During times when anger seems to strike, and hope seems lost. There is a united strength I notice, when we try to be good and do good. It may not permanent but the suggestion it could be is enough.
I am lucky that I am able to choose to stop eating, and still have a full plate on my table. 795 million people do not have this luxury. So I would like to present 2 websites that provides food for those in need.
F R E E R I C E . C O M | A simple but addictive game. FreeRice.com is a multiple-choice game, in which every answer you get right, they will donate 10 grains of rice through the World Food Programme.
A C T I O N A G A I N S T H U N G E R | An international organization that provides nutrition, water and sanitation to third world countries. You can donate as much as you want, but $45 is enough to save a child's life.
I also view Ramadan as a time of rest. Hence why HEY BASH will be on a short break for a week. A small act of self-care. I've found myself stressed out for menial things. Taking a step back from everything seems right.
Happy Ramadan everyone. May you have a wonderful month.