Originally published in The Arizona Republic on May 20th, 2019
To all my neighbors,
We have just entered the last week of Ramadan. The month of Ramadan is a fast in which Muslims take an oath of refraining from food and drink (including water) from sunup to sundown.
But more than that it is a time of reflection and self-reformation. While many may know this is a time in which Muslims fast, it is also a time Muslims are expected to read the entire Quran, expected to increase charitable offerings and are forbidden from entering arguments and growing angry.
Many Muslims during this month deactivate their social media, music or other daily activities to develop moderation.
Overall, it is a time of developing good habits, and more hopefully, good character.
In the spirit of Ramadan, I want to thank Arizona for all the blessings it gives, and wish you all a wonderful year.
Peace and blessings be with you all.