Originally published in the Daily Reflector
The month of Ramadan is celebrated by more than a billion Muslims across the globe and millions within the United States. Believers abstain from food and water from sun up to sundown. This practice ordained by the Holy Qu’ran instills in Muslims the empathy for the many poor that don’t have the luxury of three square meals a day. Having felt the pangs of hunger and thirst myself, it is unimaginable to think that the hungry face this challenge daily without the hope that their tribulations end at the end of the month. The prophet Muhammad states, “He is not a believer, who eats his fill while his neighbor goes hungry.” Muslims, thus, benefit from the spirit of charity that the month of Ramadan brings, as alms giving become more personal to each and every Muslim.