But wait, why do we fast in Ramdan ?
As Muslims, we believe that by fasting, we can purify their souls and strengthen their relationship with God. It is also seen as a way of developing empathy for those who are less fortunate and a reminder of the blessings of food and water that are often taken for granted.
This year, I am experiencing Ramadan in a completely different way than I have before, and I wanted to share my thoughts and experiences with you.
Firstly, being away from my family and friends during Ramadan has been a challenging experience. In Morocco, Ramadan is a time when families come together to break their fast, share meals, and pray together. It's a time of community, and I miss that sense of togetherness that I used to feel back home.
Another challenge I have faced is adapting to the different cultural practices and schedules of my new home. In Sweden, the daylight hours are much longer than in Morocco, which means that the fasting period is longer as well. It has taken some time for me to adjust to the new routine, but I am grateful for the opportunity to experience Ramadan in a new way and to challenge myself spiritually and physically.
One of the things I have enjoyed the most about this Ramadan abroad is the sense of independence and personal responsibility it has given me. Without my family or community around to guide me, I have had to rely on my own discipline and commitment to get through the fasts each day. It has been a challenging but rewarding experience, and I have learned a lot about myself and my faith in the process.
As a conclusion, my first Ramadan abroad has been a unique and eye-opening experience. It has allowed me to connect with people from all over the world, learn about new cultures and practices, and challenge myself in new ways. Although I miss my family and community back home, I am grateful for the opportunity to experience Ramadan in a new way and grow as a person and a Muslim.