unity in diversity

Welcoming A New Family Member

This Ramadan is unique as my family welcomes a new member to the family – a new Muslim no less. We’ve been preparing for this for quite some time now, and there’s a buzz of anticipation in the air. Ramadan always brings such a special atmosphere of togetherness, but having someone new join us this year just makes it all the more special.

It’s important to us that she feels comfortable and included in all our Ramadan traditions. Because she has been studying about Islam, and began fasting even before she took the shahadah, Ramadan is not entirely new to her.  She understands and appreciates the significance of Ramadan and its rituals. Still, fasting can be quite daunting even for a born Muslim, so we’ve been offering our support and encouragement every step of the way, reminding our new family member that it’s okay to take it slow.

One thing we’re really looking forward to is our evening iftar (“buka puasa”) get-together. Breaking fast together as a family and sharing that first bite of food after a long day of fasting is always such a joyous moment. It’s a great way to bond and experience the richness of our cultural heritage.

We’ve also been exploring ways to incorporate our new family member’s unique cultural background into our Ramadan celebrations. Whether it’s through sharing stories and traditions from her own heritage or introducing her to some of our own cultural practices, we’re excited to create a blended and inclusive experience for everyone.

We include our new family member in our prayers and spiritual activities throughout Ramadan. We want her to feel connected to the spiritual essence of this month. It’s a time for personal reflection and growth, and we’re excited to share that journey with her.

And let’s not forget about Eid al-Fitr! It’s the perfect culmination of Ramadan, a time for celebration and joy. We’re already planning our Eid festivities and thinking of special ways to make our new family member feel celebrated and included. From dressing up in new clothes to exchanging gifts and enjoying delicious meals together, it’s going to be a memorable Eid for sure.

My family and I are just so grateful to have this chance to welcome a new member to our family during such a meaningful time. Ramadan is all about love, unity, and spiritual growth, and having our new family member with us to experience it all is truly a blessing.

In addition to the traditional aspects of Ramadan, we’re also taking the time to explore the deeper meaning behind the rituals and practices. We’ll have some really insightful discussions as a family about the spiritual significance of fasting, the importance of self-discipline, and the lessons we can learn from this month. It’s been a great opportunity for all of us, including our new family member, to deepen our understanding of Islam and grow in our faith together.

Overall, this Ramadan is shaping up to be a profound experience for our family. It’s a time of growth, reflection, and togetherness, and we’re grateful to have our new family member with us to share in the journey. As we count down the days until Eid al-Fitr, we’re filled with excitement and anticipation for the joyous celebrations that lie ahead. Ramadan Mubarak to all!


Featured photo by Olgaozik


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