The spiritual journey of Ramadan will begin the evening of May 5, as millions of Muslims around the world begin 30 days of fasting. While the Muslim population in Canada continues to grow, many Canadians have little knowledge or understanding about the significance of Ramadan, and what the sacred occasion is all about.
Whenever I think of Ramadan approaching, I get anxious, but I have never told this to anyone. Most people are expressing excitement, and here I am sitting in a pool of dread. So I have kept this feeling to myself for a long time. I know I shouldn't be feeling this way, but I can’t help it: every year Ramadan comes, I begin with anxiety, and I finish with regret.