‘Others shouldn’t have to suffer for our sacrifice’
It makes me very sad, as a Muslim in a Muslim country, to see the way non-Muslims are being treated in regards to eating in public in Ramadan.
My husband and son were in the bathroom at a mall where a gentleman asked the bathroom attendant if he could sit on the bench and eat.
The attendant said yes but then another attendant came and said he could not. At which point the man was shown the bathroom stall where he could eat his food.
What impression towards Islam and Ramadan does this man now have?
That Islam says all the people who are not fasting should suffer?
They should not have food and water available?
That they should have to eat on a toilet?
I am shocked and disappointment because that is not what Ramadan is about - it’s absolute opposite in fact. It is about suffering with hunger and tiredness, to appreciate food and health and to be thankful to Allah for all that He has given us.
I grew up in England surrounded by my friends and co-workers eating during Ramadan, I survived. In fact I learnt so much about patience and appreciation. I showed my non-Muslims friends the strength I had for my religion by refraining
from food while they had lunch in the same room.