I am Not a Muslim, but I am Observing Ramadan. ~ Wendy Keslick

Via Wendy Keslickon Jul 9, 2013

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If you think that Ramadan is simply about the act of refraining from food and drink between sunrise and sunset, think again.

Yes, it is true that during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar—the month in which the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) received the first revelation of the Quran—Muslims refrain from food, drink, smoking and sexual activity from dawn through sunset each day. But truly, what is being given up is small when compared to what is being gained.

Ramadan is a time for reflection, introspection and spiritual growth that brings one closer to God. It provides a path for increased self-control and discipline. In addition, there is an intention for a deeper level of empathy and connectedness to one another, especially to those less fortunate—serving as a spiritual catalyst for charitable actions.

It is a time to delve even deeper into the pursuit of living each day with right thought, right words and right deeds.

All of these attributes speak to the heart of who I am—the path I travel—and why I am so intrigued.

I had been contemplating observing Ramadan since 2008, but it is in this present moment—for reasons dear to me—I have decided this 2013 will be my first attempt at embracing this important pillar of Islam. Having discussed my intentions with my closest Muslim friends, and receiving a tremendous amount of their support and advice, I feel that I am well-prepared.

Dried dates. Check.

Athan app on phone. Check.

As far as what my personal experience will be, I will have to be patient to see how things manifest.

Interestingly though, I have noticed that the preparations are drawing from both sides of my brain. While part of me is focused on clearing my mind, contemplation, increased prayer and mediation—the other part of me is tapping into my indepth knowledge of nutrition to meticulously plan out my meal that will be eaten before sunrise each day. I teach yoga and am massage therapist, so I need to plan accordingly for my active lifestyle. A nutritionally dense and hydrating meal that will sustain me until the evening meal after sunset will be imperative.

I believe that Ramadan has the potential to enhance my spiritual journey in this life. I will try my best to be present, allowing my experience to unfold as it is meant to be and avoid holding on to any expectations. My heart and mind are open and I welcome any continued growth that emerges from this period of Ramadan.

As a non-Muslim, I am not alone in my interested in Ramadan.

As a matter of fact the Philadelphia Dialogue Forum has established a program call “Iftar with a Muslim Family,” that gives non-Muslims an opportunity to join a Muslim family for iftar, the special Ramadan fast-breaking dinner.

This is incredibly refreshing and beautiful to me, to see people so interested in coming together to share in something meaningful that has potential to be so transformative.

 

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Ed: Bryonie Wise

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About Wendy Keslick

Wendy Keslick is a massage therapist and yoga instructor. Her spiritual journey includes yoga, her devotion to Rosicrucian AMORC studies and being part of the conversation of our evolving humanity.  Borderline obsessions include organic and natural living, vegetarianism and veganism, social justice issues, documentaries and current events.  She is determined to learn Arabic in this lifetime. Her daughter, international travel, exploring other cultures and green smoothies are her passions.

She also founded a nonprofit called Children Creating Bridges. Volunteering for this organization has taken her to Syria to be part of three medical delegations to help with the Iraqi refugee crisis.  Follow her on Facebook.

 

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12 Responses to “I am Not a Muslim, but I am Observing Ramadan. ~ Wendy Keslick”

  1. Zairous says:

    don't forget to tell us about your experience

  2. Alaa says:

    Awesome.

  3. Stephen Davis says:

    Hi Wendy. I am also a non Muslim yogi observing Ramadan for the first time this year. I'm glad to hear we at not alone. Good luck on your journey :)

  4. Wendy Keslick says:

    Hi Stephen! Thanks for the feedback. Wow! Great to know we are sharing in this experience. I hope that Ramadan provides you with many opportunities for spiritual growth and that your blessings are many.

  5. Steve says:

    I would like to do this but I haven't tried as I think it would be difficult because of other commitments. I'd love to hear how you get on.

  6. hebaothman says:

    Wow! So nice to know there are those who are joining us this month. Ramadan is a wonderful time for reflection and I do find it also compels me to get on my yoga mat for a deep practice every evening.. the stillness and the 'being here now' of it is really beautiful.

    Please keep us posted! :)

    • Wendy Keslick says:

      I agree — it truly is a wonderful time for reflection. I am having many wonderful experiences and will write more about them once Ramadan has passed. I am happy to hear that you are maintaining your yoga practice during Ramadan. I am finding my practice enhanced during this time. Ramadan Kareem.

  7. islamic apps says:

    Whoever fasts two consecutive months of Ramadhan with good intention will receive forgiveness for the mistakes committed throughout the year.

    • Wendy Keslick says:

      And I would venture to say that having fasted through Ramadan with good intention, good deeds, deep reflection and dedication to a continued spiritual growth, one would tend to make less mistakes the following year. Meaning, in my opinion from my experience thus far, it brings us back to balance—between the material and immaterial—and deepens our commitment to right thought, right words and right action.

  8. ramadan says:

    Ramadan is not the month only, but, a complete therapy session of Inner illnesses and Bad habits. Literally, the meaning of Swam (Roza) means to behold oneself from the bad and ill things and train yourself to pass your life according to the golden rules and regulations describe by the Almighty Allah in the Holy book (Quran).
    Appreciated Article was written I just added my own opinion about Ramadan. Hope you will like it:)

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