In the month of Ramadan, as ex-pats we often tend to only see the external effects of fasting in the mid-summer heat, eating your fill during the night and resetting your body clock to the pre-dawn hours for those inclined to rise for the pre-dawn meal. I hear expats talk about irate drivers who tend to exhibit a little road frustration at this time of year, and listen to them speak of lacklustre employees who see the month as an excuse to slack off.
But Ramadan is much more, and the beauty of this time still remains lost on many outsiders. The discipline that a month of fasting, prayer and self-assessment takes, the giving and generosity to strangers, the beautiful coming together of people, not only of muslim faith, at Iftar's all round cities. There is a side to Ramadan that we should all carry into our daily lives, and just because we may not hold the same beliefs, or dedication, there is no reason why we can't all take the goodness of the season into our own lives.
The fast is not simply about denying your body food and water. It also involves arguably the more taxing challenge of avoiding ill speech, arguments, loss of temper and malicious behaviour.
So in the spirit of Ramadan, I encourage everybody to look beyond the surface and challenge yourself to take the best of the month into our own lives and workplaces, after all - just one month avoiding ill speech, arguments, loss of temper and malicious behaviour would make the world a pretty amazing place - even if just for a short time.
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Posted by Jonathon Burgess on 28th May 2017