Ramadan Notes, Late Evening, Day 26

“Sometimes when you are fasting you feel very lonely,” one of the speakers at the fast-breaking meal told a room full of Muslim and non-Muslim students. It’s true, but that was part of the charm for me. The fast was…

Ramadan Notes, Late Night, Day 25

My name, Kazim, means “patience.” Only it doesn’t quite mean “patience” as much as it means a certain quality of “restraint.” A person with restraint means someone who is not overly affected by a series of bad events, also someone…

Ramadan Notes, Early Afternoon, Day 24

So I am sure there is something I’ve missed. Well a lot of things I’ve missed. The month’s nearly over, I nearly got bored, and now I have this feeling that the month has slid by without me noticing it.

Ramadan Notes, Late Evening, Day 23

A moth is flying around the lamp. I don’t know how it got into the room since the windows are closed. Earlier in the summer we had fireflies in the room. I’m irrationally afraid of bugs and insects, even (especially–)…

Ramadan Notes, Late Evening, Day 22

Strictly speaking, after sunset it is the 23rd of Ramadan and not the 22nd. I’ve always loved that a “day” in the Islamic calendar begins with the setting of the sun and continues through for twenty-four hours. One begins not…

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