My Ramadan Fast
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I joined my mom in the kitchen and made fruit salad, as she prepared various dishes that are made specifically for Ramadan. I helped set them out on the table just as my mom called out the end of the fast. I grabbed a date as the first food I’d eat at the end of the fast, following the example of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), because he used to break his own fast with dates. I said a quick prayer asking God to send me to heaven and to help me become a better Muslim and for the cat I so desperately want to get. I also prayed for the success of the Muslim organization my mom and I am a part of, called Muslim Volunteers for New York, and all the work we did during Ramadan dedicated to the food drive for food-insecure New Yorkers. After finishing my Dua (prayer) I proceeded to pile food high up onto my plate and grabbed lemonade and water.
While my family gathered around the table, we ate in silence, concentrating only on the food in front of us. I couldn’t help but realize how blessed we were to be able to end our fast with such delicious food, unlike some less fortunate people. I closed my eyes and silently asked Allah to help those people, especially through the month of Ramadan. I went back to my food, grateful for my family, and glad that my first fast of the year was complete!