Originally published in Dallas Morning News
For the next 30-odd days, thousands of Muslims within the D-FW metroplex will not touch a morsel of food or drink from dawn to sunset.
In the Islamic calendar, the month of Ramadan is a special time for Muslims, during which they are encouraged to be more observant in the practice of their faith, give more to charity and reduce conflict among themselves.
The rising political tensions in the Middle East tend to characterize the Muslim identity with a broad brush and limit conversation about the everyday life of a Muslim, especially American Muslims.
I encourage my fellow citizens to learn about this month and hope that it leads to a greater appreciation and understanding of their Muslim neighbors.
I leave with the farewell expression of Muslims — peace be upon you.
-Syed Adil Ahmed