It’s the most blessed month of the year filled with worship, community, and of course, good food. With most of the year spent feeling busy and stuck in a routine, Ramadan demands that you reevaluate where you are in faith and in life, and where you want to be moving forwards. Ramadan also demands that we spend as much time with friends, neighbours and family as we can; instilling a beautiful sense of community wider than that found in the mosque alone.
Community is a core part of Islam and in the practices of being a Muslim. It’s incredibly important that we maintain a positive and active relationship with members of our family and in the communities we are a part of. When we think of community, we often think of the street or area we live in, but Islam teaches us a much broader and deeper definition of community that intertwines with the spirit of Ramadan itself.
Community in Ramadan means taking small and big actions to look out for and remind everyone around you that they are a valued member of society. Community in Ramadan can mean being the first to wake up in your house to make suhoor for everyone to prepare for the long fasting day ahead. Community in Ramadan means preparing more food for iftar to hand out plates amongst neighbours as well as sharing recipes to try for the following days of the month. Community in Ramadan means fasting in your British town and being able to empathise with millions of others across the world, wherever they may be. Community in Ramadan is found not just in the mosque but in our office spaces, schools and universities. Discussing Ramadan, the act of fasting and the incredible values Islam teaches us to practice day in day out.
Crucially, community in Ramadan is about looking out for everyone we interact with in our daily lives from close friends to those we meet fleetingly in day to day life. No matter how well you know this individual or how active they are in the community, be the person to bring them in and remind them of how valuable they are to the fabric of the wonderful communities we are a part of. Sharing a samosa or two at iftar has never hurt anyone either.
What does community mean to you? Send us your ideas – we’d love to read them!
Ramadan Kareem from everyone here at Odara!
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