Happy Ramadhan 2016

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

H A P P Y   R A M A D H A N .

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. 

A change.

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.