For Muslims around the world today is the start of the holy month of Ramadan.
A time of the year in which Muslims, through fasting from sun up to sun down,
engage in a month-long process of introspection, repentance, and self-renewal.
It is a wonderful phenomena, that millions of people around the world will
embark on this collective activity. One aspect of this month long journey, –
which by definition is downplayed- is the notion that one should be encouraged
to give to those less fortunate without reward during this period. Many Muslim
groups, for example, will set up soup kitchens to feed those men and women living
on the street. Others will organise fund-raising events to help those blighted
by recent floods or earthquakes.
Ramadan is there to remind Muslims how they can be better human beings not
just during the holy month, but throughout their lives.
This understanding of Muslims is in stark contrast to what we might read in
our newspapers or blogs, demonising the faith and its people is an all too commonplace.
We, at OBV hope that through understanding the basic tenets of Ramadan, we learn
a little bit more about our Muslim neighbours and see a picture that does not
match the negativity some would have us believe.
For one or two days during the month, a number of the OBV team join our Muslim
colleagues and fast for the day. For many of us not used to fasting it’s tough,
and one or two may even cheat. However, in our small way we aim to show solidarity
and we all thoroughly enjoy ‘breaking bread’, together as he sun goes down.
Whether you are fasting or not:
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