Dear Ramadan

Dear Ramadan,

I look forward to seeing you every year, but it seems as though you leave as just soon as you arrive. I never appreciated you much when I was younger. I enjoyed that I had the opportunity to fast like all the “grown-ups” but I was unable to grasp what you truly symbolized. For one, you allow me the opportunity to be a better me, even if only for a month. At first, I thought I was the only one. But growing older, I discovered that most people took advantage of the month in working towards accomplishing tasks within themselves. Those teens who don’t step foot into the masjid, do so. The kid who constantly curses, refrains from doing so, all because of you. But, just like every year, we welcomed you with news of more and more of innocent Palestinians being brutally murdered. It leaves a constant reminder that while we are sitting in the comfort of our homes, they are sitting in a battlefield.

Lastly, I want to thank you, because every Ramadan, I learn to be stronger, mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It becomes easier for me to give up bad habits, that during the year, I am unable to. You bring together friends and families over meals, and you encourage us to open our arms and hearts to those, who aren’t as privileged. And for that, I am grateful.



By Meshall Awan

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