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Intercultural Ramadan Iftar Dinner

Posted on 24/6/2016

Intercultural Ramadan Iftar Dinner


In todays Ramadan Iftar Dinner we have talked different topics. We both laughed on some funny stories and thaught on some matter all over the globe.

There was quite remarkable of the conversation between two attendees. One of them was saying how fasting is may appear on different people and  how muslim can endure this hard duty.

The answer was short. Non-Muslims fasting in Ramadan may appear to be a time of hardship and deprivation, but that is not the experience of Muslims. There are at least five ameliorating factors that make fasting much easier than it appears. These are;

(1) the magic of intention,

(2) the community spirit,

(3) the ability of the human body to adapt,

(4) social/cultural cooperation, and

(5) divine help. The initial intention significantly reduces the perceived difficulty.

Once one commits to fasting, it becomes much more doable and feasible. Knowing and seeing that fellow believers are fasting with you and sharing the early breakfast or the dinner with them strengthens the community spirit. Thirdly, the human body is amazingly adaptable. Within the first few days of fasting the body adapts to the new schedule and one does not feel hunger as one normally would. In communities where Muslims are a majority or a significant minority, there is assistance or cooperation offered to the fasters, such as flexible holidays and working hours. Finally, for any worshipper, there is divine help which eases the task once the worshipper has committed to doing it.

In fact, Over 500 million Muslims, from age 9 to 90 fast every year. Fasting does not prevent them from conducting their mundane work or business as usual. As a pillar of the religious life in Islam, fasting is probably the most practiced form of worship. Muslims think of Ramadan as a kind of tune-up for their spiritual lives.

In fact there were most reasons for us to overcome this “Pleasent hardship” but simply “Something we willing to do it may not a difficulty for us”

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