A non-Muslim in the pot of Ramadan

It’s a sultry summer in the desert today. 41 degrees and counting. The air is still and humid.

It’s the perfect day for an ice cream or a smoothie to soothe a parched throat.

It’s also the perfect day to eat out with friends, a common scenario living in the desert. Eating out is the norm. It’s easy to feel detached from the world, and one craves human companionship here.

We live inside buildings or cars blasting out the air conditioner as high as we can during summer. A simple walk outside is, simply put, an absolute torture.

So here I am yet again, in the helm of Ramadan. 

So what does one exactly do during the month of Ramadan, a non Muslim at that?

Become a hermit?

Schedule your vacation on the same month that Ramadan falls on?

Every place suddenly becomes quieter in the month of Ramadan. Here are some helpful ways to spice up your life amidst all the lack of chaos.

  • Organize a house party

As all entertainment dens, clubs and pubs are closed during Ramadan, what a wonderful way it is to meet new people and make new friends by having a house party. After the awkwardness of a few minutes, it is guaranteed to be a frenzy of mingling, friendly banter and endless guffaw. It doesn’t have to be a big group of people, just people who have similar interests and in a while, everyone will be having a jolly good time. You could even have a theme party, and what a perfect time to play games too.

  • Take on a hobby

This could be a sport, sight seeing, taking brisk walks in the evening, going to the beach or discovering new eateries. Organize a book club or a sports club with your friends and watch the days fly by.

  • Visit a neighbouring country

Usually, there is a lot of free time during Ramadan. What a great idea it is to plan ahead and visit a neighbouring country. Get a new stamp on your passport and enjoy the journey.

  • Join your friends for iftar

You’re in a foreign country, you might as well join in for a day of iftar with a friend if invited. Learn the true meaning of Ramadan for them. The spirit of brotherhood and love shared when they break their fast together. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to show pictures of such great memories in the future?

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