x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Use your time wisely in this month of great joy

Ramadan means a lot more than refraining from eating, drinking, waiting with patience to breaking the fast at iftar, and, from the religious perspective, worshipping God.

Ramadan is a holy month that all Muslims look forward to with passion and faith; 30 days filled with spirit, patience and peace.

It's a special month to me because it is a time when I can set self-reforming goals, create more self-awareness and review my life as a whole.

Any action plans set during this month are for the rest of the year. This month also motivates and inspires me to strengthen and enhance the link between myself and God through more prayer and Quran recitation focusing on spiritual cleansing.

Ramadan is a special month and a great time to explore, reflect and contemplate on things happening around me, and on where I am in my life.

Carefully reading the Quran, with deep thought and interpretation, makes me strongly believe there is much more to achieve, do and discover that can help humanity overall.

Ramadan means a lot more than refraining from eating, drinking, waiting with patience to breaking the fast at iftar, and, from the religious perspective, worshipping God.

Ramadan is a time when people end disagreements and pages of the past are folded, hatred is replaced with love and kindness, humility is spread among all classes, good deeds and charity are encouraged teaching us sacrifice and generosity, and most importantly feeling empathy for those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

For me, it also revives my faith in human nature.

During the other 11 months of the year we often get caught up in our lives and forget about how other people are living, the challenges they face, and how some people live a life of suffering and heartache.

As things tend to slow down for me during Ramadan, I also get the opportunity to think about what l have and how blessed I am.

My best times are when all my family gather around after iftar enjoying the delicious desserts, sharing stories and remembering family experiences.

I love Ramadan as it allows me to spend more time with my family and arrange gatherings of friends every night, which makes a perfect ending to a blessed day.

I also enjoy the sense of giving and sharing during the month, where friends exchange recipes and neighbours help in cooking meals.

Ramadan is my treatment and remedy, where I get to feel good about being spiritual through the remembrance of God. It makes me think about things I take for granted, like my family, health and lifestyle. With every year, Ramadan is a memorable and fulfilling experience.

May this month be as joyful to you and may your time be spent wisely.

* Abeer Al Hosani, 26, from Abu Dhabi is a senior training co-ordinator at Adnec