Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Ramadan Reading

Something I'm trying to do this Ramadan is post links to pieces reflecting the diversity of opinions and points of view within the Muslim community as they make their way through this holy month. One of the key aspects of Ramadan is the Taraweeh, evening prayers after the breaking of the fast, which can stretch long into the night depending on the time of year that Ramadan occurs (Muslims follow a lunar calendar, so it varies each year).

To be honest, the personal endurance this nightly routine requires -- not so much the several hours of standing in prayer, but staying focused through those several hours of standing in prayer -- is probably the most challenging part of the month for me, even more than managing without food and water during the day. Nonetheless, there's a deep fulfillment one can derive from this nightly expression of faith, a fulfillment that's nicely encapsulated in this piece from last year by Kinza Khan.

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