Growing up in India, I had a lot of Muslim friends who observed Ramadan. And although I knew that my friends were fasting (which included no water) from sunrise to sunset, I had no deeper sense of what it truly entailed. The New York Times explores the deeper meaning of Ramadan and what it represents. Ramadan began on May 5th this year, and ends on the evening of June 4th with Eid Al-Fitr.
If you have Muslim friends, co-workers or acquaintances and want to demonstrate some cultural sensitivity around Ramadan, here’s a helpful etiquette guide.
If you’re interested in exploring what it’s like to be young and Muslim in America, I highly recommend exploring anything and everything by Hasan Minhaj. Hulu has a new TV show called Ramy that Nick and I have been watching - it’s excellent.
There’s also a new book called Ayesha At Last which is a modern re-telling of Pride and Prejudice from the point of view of a young Muslim woman at the new Elizabeth Bennett. I haven’t read this yet (release date June 4th, 2019) but it’s on my summer reading list.
That’s it for today’s Friday Five - see you next week, and hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! If you’re curious about what I’m up to this weekend, check my stories on Instagram!