Is it just me, or is there a huge fervour, greatly increased and enhanced excitement in anticipation of Ramadhan this year, or is it just that people have more platforms and avenues to express themselves as individuals more than ever now? Everyday now for the past couple of weeks or so, I get numerous tweets about preparing for Ramadhan, about new Muslims encountering Ramadhan for the first time, about how people can’t wait for Ramadhan etc. Then there are the tweets that link to sites, writing about new applications and services designed to help Muslims during Ramadhan (most recently the Ramadhan Alert), youtubing about the merits of Ramadhan, podcasting about taraweeh prayers, exhibiting fancy clothes to look forward to end of Ramadhan, and that’s just what’s coming through on tweeter!
If you’re on facebook you probably get daily status updates calling out to Ramadhan, comments and “likes” in response to Ramadhan-related news and thoughts, and more.
Then there are the emails. My parents updating me about their Ramadhan umrah trip (in sha Allah!), the multitude of emails from various software companies pushing “Islamic” software, online stores like Amazon recommending me books I might like for the coming month etc.
All these have made me, the Muslim living in the UK and away from family and any sizeable Muslim community, feel rather comforted. For the past few years I’ve had to encounter Ramadhan alone for the most part. Fasting, eating, praying and celebrating Eid alone. It’s never bothered me as the good month was always enough to keep me going. This year, though, I feel like I have the entire online community of tweeters, emailers, bloggers, facebookers etc to experience and celebrate Ramadhan with me, and already I feel rather buoyed up!
In sha Allah the good month arrives in a few days and in anticipation of that arrival, let me wish the entire online ummah RAMADHAN KAREEM!