Life as a European volunteer in Stuttgart, Germany
Ramadan is the most important month in the Islamic calendar by reason of the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the prophet Mohammed.
Muslims all over the world regardless of nationality, color, or ethnicity participate in fasting for the entire holy month. Throughout Ramadan, people fasting are expected to abstain from food, drinks and other pleasures from dawn to dusk. Participants are supposed to focus their mind on prayer, purity, spirituality and charity. Fasting is reminds you of the importance of self-control and the suffering of the poor. Ramadan fasting rules helps to cleanse your body and mind.
Ramadan is one of Islam’s five pillars which is made up Shahada (an affirmation that there is no deity besides God and his prophet Mohammed), Salat (prayer), Zakat (charity) and Hajj (taking at least a once in a lifetime pilgrimage to Mecca).
The holiday of Eid Al Fitr, literally festival of breaking of the fast, marks the end of the fasting period of Ramadan. Muslims celebrate with family and friends, prepare large meals and donate to charity so that poor people can also celebrate.
This is the first time that I spend the whole month of Ramadan far away of my country and family. I tried to keep the mood as maximum as in Tunisia by watching Tunisian series, cooking Tunisian food, eating Tunisian traditional sweets and I even organized a collective break fast in the city of Stuttgart as part of Active Culture project!
I invited lot of friends and I asked them to try fasting. I cooked Tajine and Brik and my Syrian colleague prepared Homs and Mtabbel. Lot of people from Bulgaria, Egypt, Syria, USA, Germany and Tunisia came to the event. Each one brought some traditional food and sweets. We was exchanging our stories and cultures, breaking fast together, and laughing about the funny names of the dishes. During the night we played a Quiz about Ramadan that I prepared for the occasion! The mood was so friendly and full of sharing.
If you are also curious about fasting, try it and essay to feel this time for reflection and self-improvement and ridding of bad habits.
I wish you all Ramadan Mubarak!