Last year was my first experience of Ramadan. I put my toes into the water, so to speak, of this holy month of fasting and prayer by joining my Moroccan neighbors for three days of complete fasting. As Tomas and I were living among a group of international travelers, I was pretty much “on my own” for those three days but even so, I felt the community support of the practicing Muslims around me. Tomas supported me from the sidelines but did not choose to join me at that time. You can read about my first experience of this Islamic tradition in these blog posts: Ramadan 1,2,3.
This year Ramadan has been entirely different for us. Being that we are living in the compound of an extended family and have numerous Moroccan friends and acquaintances, Tomas and I realized that we needed to consider carefully “if” and “how” we would take part in Ramadan. As I have stated previously, we chose to do a modified fast from 9AM until Sunset, which is close to 8PM at this time of the year. Continue reading