Ramadan- Open Letters with Estee Lynch

For me Ramadan is not linked to community and culture. As a Muslim revert, I am the only one in my family that observes the holy month and I tend to do it alone. Don’t get me wrong, I have a few friends who are Muslim and celebrate it, however I like to use this special month as a time for reflection and understanding.

Much like those who give up chocolate or their favourite snack during lent, as a way of practicing self-control, I use Ramadan in much the same way. Many non-Muslims are shocked by the idea of going a full day without food or water, especially during the summer, as was I when I first reverted. However, during those occasional urges to have a sip of water or nibble on a chocolate bar I remind myself of those who are unable to eat everyday and how fortunate I am to have the ability to chose not to eat. These moments of realisation enhance my desire to be a more giving and charitable person which is a crucial part of Ramadan. 

Another shock to the system of course is the early mornings. On the average day during the year, I am so wrapped up in my daily routine that it can be hard to find moments of contemplation and gratitude. This change in routine not only instils discipline in me but also allows me the time for appreciation of all things, especially the last food I will eat before the evening. With those extra hours in the morning, I mentally prepare myself for the day ahead, spend time in meditation and on good days get a nice view of the sunrise.

For me Ramadan is a month of overwhelming appreciation and gratitude for life as well as self-reflection and discipline. It allows me to focus time on my self and my relationship with God. I look forward to this month every year and use it as a mental reset for the following year before Ramadan comes again.


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