|Putra Mosque, Putrajaya, Malaysia. Photo by Azam Alwi|
So as I have for the past several years, I will joining in the Ramadhan fasting and feasting. I wake up early for a quick breakfast, and then schedule my dinner for late in the day. Is it hard to fast for the 14 hours between those meals? Not really. I stay busy, and when I am tempted, I think of all my dear friends, near and far, who are just as hungry as I am. Not so bad.
|Buying food for the evening meal in Kuala Lumpur. Photo by Chong Voon Chung/ Chong Voon Chung/XinHua/Xinhua Press/Corbis|
The most significant difference between Ramadhan and Christian fasting is freedom. In the Muslim world, fasting during the holy month is not an option, and the rules are steadfast. For Christians, fasting is always a voluntary expression of faith, and each person is free to set the conditions of the fast as she wishes.
|My friends breaking bread together after sunset. I am with you in spirit! Photo by Mohd Yuzairie|