Fasting Creates Sympathy For Fellow Human Beings

Originally published in Duluth News Tribune

I was starving. I hadn’t eaten for almost 17 hours. And finally, when I got to eat, it felt so good. That’s how I completed my fast last Friday. More than 1 billion Muslims are fasting these days because it is the holy month of Ramadan. Fasting is obligatory for all healthy adult Muslims from sunrise to sunset for the whole month.

Though I am not an adult yet, I wanted to experience fasting. This experience taught me how it feels to be hungry. Now I can better relate with millions of people who go hungry every day. Right away I donated half of my allowance to charity to help the poor and feed the hungry. During Ramadan, Muslims do not just stay away from food but also give extra charity to help those who are poor and needy.

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