The message of peace, togetherness, sacrifice always resonates with me. It serves as a reminder that we cannot take our gifts for granted and we should express our gratitude to the Almighty every now and then. Sounds like Thanksgiving, doesn’t it?
Well, a little to the east, and also in the US, our Muslim friends are about to begin their holy month of Ramadan.
Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, is a time for spiritual purification achieved through fasting from dawn to dusk and offering prayers to the Almighty.
In addition to gratitude towards the Almighty, I’d like to ask you to also spare a moment for your pals. You remember the last time a friend helped save the day for you? Wasn’t it recently? I’m surprised how often we take our friends for granted, and miss wishing them on key occasions. How often, in spite of our follies, they are there for us, and don’t judge us.
Just last week, an old buddy of mine welcomed his first child, his angel daughter, Myra, to this beautiful world. As I write, I realize, I haven’t called him yet. While I do so right away, in case there’s a pending ‘hello’ or a catch-up you need to do, now is a good time.