Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Ramadan in Pakistan

My absence from the blog has been due to me being on my farm for the past 15 days, this was the first time in my life that I have spent this long a time in a rural undeveloped area of the country, the experience was amazing and being there in Ramadan was an added experience.

The hospitality of the people in rural areas who can ill afford extravagant spending in times of crisis was exemplary. Unlike in cities people stay awake after sehri and spend their days working hard in fields sometimes staying out in scorching heat throughout the day to water their fields or spread fertilizers or chemicals. Yet in the evening people offer whatever they have to the ones around them. during my eight days of Ramadan in a small village I was invited to numerous iftars and attended a couple, although village life might not be as luxurious as city life and people might not have been rich financially they were rich in their offering to their fellow man and they were happy and content with their lives, sometimes experiences like these show us how much we have to thank God for all we have and how much we take for granted things that some people cant even think of having. Wish you all a very Happy and Blessed Ramadan, May God give us the strength and wisdom to accept what we have and try to help those less fortunate.