Keep Calm And Welcome Ramadan

Ramadan is a time to practice self-restraint; a time to cleanse the body and soul from impurities and refocus on ones faith. I don’t know about you, but I love Ramadan. I know the whole ‘no eating till sunset’ isn’t exactly everyone’s cup of tea (mainly because you can’t have that cup of tea in the daytime), but I’m sure you can agree that the vibe is so refreshing. The act of fasting is not merely physical, it’s committing your body and soul to the essence of the fast. It’s a very spiritual and rewarding month and we should always embrace it. I don’t think it’s a bad thing if your dress code and actions become more ‘Sharia compliant’ during Ramadan – that doesn’t make you a hypocrite; everyone has the right to redeem themselves. It’s the people who choose not to fast and then spam social networks with holy ramadan statuses, those are the ones that grind my gears.

keep calm welcome ramadan
On a lighter note, I wrote a little poem about Ramadan – It’s not at all similar to that John Mayer song.

Waiting for the sun to set

We keep waiting…waiting…waiting for the sun to set
so you better put that samoosa down, it’s not maghrib yet

I know the adhan is now your new favourite sound
And It’s okay if you’re feeling more religious and profound
Ramadan is a time of cleansing, so don’t let people kill your buzz
But when you wake up for suhoor, don’t forget to make namaaz

We keep waiting…waiting…waiting for the sun to set
I see you eyeing those pies boy, but it’s not maghrib yet

I know it’s cold, but don’t be lazy to take wudhu
Solaah isn’t a chore my friend, it actually benefits you
Fast the whole month if you can and celebrate happily on Eid
Take it up as a challenge and Insha Allah you’ll succeed

I know you’re hungry and your breath isn’t very pleasant
But remember, that’s everyday in the life of a peasant
So don’t forget to give to those who are in need
This month is about giving and humbly tests our greed

So we keep waiting…waiting…waiting for the sun to set
I know that soup looks delicious, but it’s not maghrib yet

By Yumna Fakier

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