For the uninitiated, Ramadan is one of the 5 pillars of Islam. We fast from dawn to dusk, in hope of pleasing the lord almighty and attaining our ultimate purpose in life – The Afterlife!
At the start of each Ramadan, there is much excitement about what lies in store for the next 30 days. We fast, we pray, we eat. Biological clock goes for a toss. Sleeping patterns change. Eating patterns change. The ultimate goal is to maximize our time pleasing Allah the Almighty and follow the footsteps and guidelines laid down by the Prophet (pbuh).
Even the working hours are reduced to 6 hrs a day. Everyone around is cognizant of the fact that you are fasting. People refrain from eating, smoking in public. All this is a mark of respect to this amazing practice laid down by the Almighty.
And thus, as we approach the end of Ramadan, there is a lot of sadness and nostalgia in the heart. The disappointment of not doing enough. The fear of not seeing another Ramadan. The memories of the past 30 days, where every aspect of your life had changed. Ramadan is a glorious month. And as we dawn to close yet another month of Ramadan, my only wish today is to carry forward little part of the last 30 days with me.
And hope we live long enough to experience another Ramadan. The eternal holy month of Ramadan.
Eid Mubarak to all.