So I went to pray Eid-ul-Fitr at the State Fair grounds as it is capable of providing enough space for everyone. This being a Sunday also meant that the State Fair is also home to our local flea market on the weekends. It just so happens that this particular weekend there is a “Military Antique Guns and Collectors” show right next to the building where over 7,000 terrorist-looking people and their children have come to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Call me schizophrenic nomad but I know certain things just don’t mix – not after 9/11. Good thing the prayer was over by 10am, before the concession stands were opened for alcohol serving with lots of fire arm around.
Eid Mubarak ya’ll.
It turns out my prediction of divided end to Ramadan somehow came true. It was the first time ever that most Muslim countries started this month together, which seemed would end the same way. Half of my family did not fast on Tuesday while the other half did. Our next door city made their Eid prayer on Tuesday while our city celebrated on Wednesday. As my friend would say, you gotta love the Muslims!
If you celebrated on Tuesday or Wednesday, Happy Eid anyway! And keep of the weight.
I like everything about Ramadan; I like the discipline, the self-control, and the forced slow-down of life for these 30 days. It takes a lot to do these and I think it’s cool that I’m one of the humanity that can say they’ve done this most of their life after I’m 9 feet under.
But I have one problem: I can’t cuss. Now I should clarify that I don’t actually cuss out-loud even the rest of the year. I just cuss in my head, that’s all. But with Ramadan, at least during the day, I can’t cuss because the thought is the same thing as the action so if I do cuss, my fast automatically becomes Makrooh.
Sometimes I wonder if I’m the only one who cusses in his head.
Starting on Monday (Sept. 1), for the majority of the Muslim population worldwide will start the holy month of Ramadan. Perhaps this is the first time the majority of the Islamic world will all start Ramadan at the same time, although no one knows if the ending will be as consensus as the start.
To all my fellow brothers and sisters in the Horn of Africa, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, and everywhere else in the world who are facing ever difficult circumstances, your not far from my mind or supplications.
I wish all my brothers and sisters a very prosperous month of Ramadan.