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So, Ramadan has come to an end. And, for me, it’s a bitter-sweet feeling, just as the start of Ramadan was.

I’m 27 now, and this was my fourth Ramadan. For a revert, Ramadan can be a really lonely time. I personally find going without food and water pretty easy- since my first time fasting I was surprised how easily I got through the day, even in the heat of the UAE. This was clearly a mercy from Allah. In fact, I find eating during Ramadan much harder than abstaining. Let me explain why…. (more…)

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So, it’s the second day of Ramadan here in the UK, and it has to be said that the days are pretty long. Yesterday, I travelled home to my parents’ to spend the first few days of my summer holiday here. Alhamdulilah, it’s my third Ramadan and Allah has made fasting easy for me…..I don’t suffer the headaches or severe hunger pangs which some people contend with each year and although I do miss the odd cuppa in the afternoons and spend alot of time thinking about what I can have for Iftar, I would never describe myself as ‘starving’ (as many of my non-Muslim friends assume I must be).

But what if we didn’t even have the prospect of Iftar to look forward to? What if the abundant spread wasn’t awaiting us? What if we couldn’t quench our thirst with ice cold water at the end of the day? Of course, our brothers and sisters across the globe are experiencing this feeling right now. And our attention is particularly focussed on Somalia this Ramadan. I came across some moving pictures here which really put into perspective our temporary abstinence from food.

Alhamdulilah, we are Muslim and during Ramadan we have the privilege of experiencing empathy with those less fortunate than ourselves. Let’s not lose sight of this when we are tempted to break our fast with full plates.

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