This past Monday, June 6, marked the first day of the Holy month of Ramadan for Muslims around the world.
Ramadan is not just about abstaining from food and drink, but it is a time for reflection and gratitude for everything that we have. It is a time to put the needs of those less fortunate, before your own.
It is also a time to exude all the positive energy you possibly can in hopes of restoring some semblance of peace in the face of continued turmoil.
I just wanted to take a moment to say that I sincerely hope this month and onwards, will bring some peace and solace not only to those fasting, but to the wider community.
There has been an alarming amount of gun violence already this year in Toronto. It’s gotten so bad that you don’t even want to turn on the news at times. What’s more troubling is that many of these shootings have happened in broad daylight, really making you feel like you aren’t safe anywhere at anytime. This is certainly not a reflection of the Toronto that I grew up in.
I do have faith that we, as a society, can turn this around. I can only pray that we are able to without any more lives being lost so senselessly.
With that said, here’s to a blessed month of Ramadan and to peace, harmony, and mutual respect for life and humankind.