In the last few years, I have seen people’s understanding of Islam get stranger by the day. Plus, with the influence of international media and ancient culture, I have seen new traditions and customs in the religion that hold no place in it. Still what shocks me more than anything is where Muslims are putting a major part of their beliefs and the ignorant practices they follow.
The last five days of Shaban and the first few days of Ramadan find the Muslim community excited and anxious. Every one is enthusiastic about the upcoming month of fasting and maintains a list of habits to drop in this month of mercy. Everyone is looking forward to asking for forgiveness and oh-so-much-more in this blessed month; praying regularly, giving to charity, reading Qur’an and so on. Ramadan is a month of forgiveness and mercy, a month where we are given a chance to turn towards our Creator and learn more about our religion, to understand what Islam is made of, its principles, its teaching, its code of conduct. Yet, many Ramadan come and go, and people fail to realize one of the key component of Islam: Thanks.