Day 18 Prompt: New
Ramadan will begin on the twenty-fourth of this month. It means eating in the middle of night, fast all day and the next meal will be at sunset. Eating and drinking stops for the whole day. It takes a few days to get used to it. After three or four days the department of hunger takes a breather for several hours.
It’s a time for prayer, be at our best, no feud, selfishness, just try being a New person.
Can a human train him/her to be generous on the month of Ramadan? I guess we all make an effort.
Years ago when my Dad was alive, to us Ramadan meant New clothes for us.
I remember the arrival of our favourite tailor, who’d come to take our measurement. We’d wait patiently for the month to end so we could try on our clothes. After thirty days of fasting we celebrate the day which we call, ‘Eid-al fitr.’ It is also called, ‘Festival of Breaking fast.’
The name of the month in Arabic is Shawwal. This religious holiday is the first and only day in the month of Shawwal when Muslims aren’t allowed to fast.
Going back to Eid, we wear new clothes on this day, visit family and friends, give alms to the poor people.
Another thing was our Dad would go to the bank to get some change for us. We loved having them especially those shiny new coins which we cherished so much.
Those were the days we thought will never end!