It’s been a busy few months here at Bravo Romeo HQ and we’re sorry we’ve been quiet but we have a good excuse – promise! We’ve been growing our team and hiring some awesome new people! Today we’d like to introduce one of our newcomers, Diala AbuDamis, who joins us as Communications Specialist. In this latest blogpost she shares her thoughts on the holy month of Ramadan. Over to you Diala!
I’ve been waiting eagerly for the holy month, to once again observe fasting, reflection and spiritual discipline. I love it. It brings fond memories of the large, joyful family gatherings, that occur in our house during Iftar. It is also an exciting time for me to experience this Ramadan being a new family member at Bravo Romeo! During our gathering today, it was pleasing to hear what Ramadan means to each one of us as we all come from different backgrounds and cultures.
“It’s a time of beautiful unity and healing” — Meredith Carson
“What I love and admire about the holy month of Ramadan is the sense of community it inspires, both within the Islamic community and beyond. My Muslim friends invoke such a sense of inclusivity and it’s a joy to share Iftar with them and learn more about their culture and beliefs. In my community in the Springs there are sharing fridges that are filled daily with food by people from all backgrounds and religions who are all getting into the spirit of generosity, kindness and sharing in the holy month” — Katie Rose Cuthbert
“To me, the holy month of Ramadan is the time where we all experience patience, kindness, generosity, respect and unity. Ramadan strengthens my faith. It gives me the courage to step back from doing any sin. It brings me closer to God. We better understand the poor. We become better muslims by practicing our religion at its best way. It detoxifies not only our body, but our soul. With Ramadan, you can feel the complete change in a country. It is simply B E A U T I F U L” — Gamze Dogan
“Ramadan means a lot to me, starting from the feeling of unity and how everyone is being kind and generous, it allows me to reevaluate my behaviour, encourages me to do more good deeds, and changes for the better, I love the sense of spirituality and connecting, I really can’t wait for Taraweeh prayers and the Duaa each day. Let’s not forget the warm gatherings and the delicious Iftar, especially having my favourite dessert Kunafa. Ramadan is such a blessing!” — Najat Idris
Ramadan is observed by muslims around the globe during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, taking place this year on May 17, 2018. The Prophet Mohammed – peace be upon him – reportedly said, “When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of hell are closed and the devils are chained.”
During the holy month of Ramadan, practicing members of Islam, experience a profound relationship with God, performing extra prayers, increased charitable giving, and intense study of the Quran. Also, as muslims deal with hunger and thirst while fasting, they are reminded of those who are less fortunate and suffering, hence, reflecting back with appreciation for the blessings in their life.
The entire month of Ramadan is also a time of celebration and festivities. Nights are full of activities where families gather for Iftar and socialize. The shared experience of fasting provides unity and creates a community where muslims gather together at homes or mosques to break their fast together. Families also distribute food to neighbors and to mosques to be distributed to the poor and needy.
This Ramadan is certainly an exciting and happy occasion for all. It is an exciting new platform for my new beginning. On the behalf of myself and the Bravo Romeo family, I wish you a blessed Ramadan.