Celebrating the Holy Month of Ramadan is one of the staples of Islam that link people together from across the world with a common purpose. People from Indonesia, to China, to France and back to Dubai take the month as a time to connect. For some it is connecting with family, for some it is reconnecting with their faith, and for others it is a chance to explore the self and see what challenges and successes the past year has brought.
To help us understand what Ramadan means here in Dubai, who better to share their thoughts than Aida Mohammad al Busaidy, a mother of two, and works for the Dubai Government. She has offered to talk to us about what the holiday means to her, as she sees it through the rapidly changing lens of the city.
“As the city I call home .. I’ve seen [Dubai] transform quite a lot but Ramadan hasn’t changed. It has the power to bring us all together. It moves people, it shifts emotions and it inspires change.
Over the years, there are a few sacred things that I find solace in Ramadan, from fulfilling my religious duty tenfold, to cooking for my family after work and most of all the gatherings, because everything in Ramadan is a bit different. We don’t think about the food or drink but more about how your life changes to accommodate more important things when the crazy hustle and bustle of everyday life takes the slow lane.
It’s 30 days where you actually have a daily excuse to catch up with everyone and I mean really catch up with family and friends and it’s also a time to give back in many ways.”
We each have a different reason for celebrating, and we each find the celebration rewarding in unique and personal ways, but these individual reasons are what bring us all together during Ramadan.
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