A stranger knocked on my door

At 7 am,that’s right. I was half awake and heard the doorbell ring… I didn’t look at my watch to see what time it is

I thought it was the cleaning lady coz she comes over twice a week,today was her 2nd day.

I opened up to see a strange lady instead. Veiled and dressed in black from head to toe,I was like,”who  are you?!!” She uttered some words that beggars usually say and said that her name is Ne’ma and she comes over every year !!

First off, I’ve been living her for almost 2 years and I’ve never seen u!

Secondly,in case you don’t know,we”re in Ramadan,where Muslims fast from dusk to dawn for 30 days. And it just so happens,beggars fill the streets. Cause they believe people tend to be more generous and kind during this time…but We got used to seeing this. However, ringing on my door at 7 am this is the creepiest thing that ever happened to me… I said sorry I gotta go,sorry I gotta go again and shut the door.

What was I supposed to do? Give money to some stranger who might be a con or a burglar or a prison escapee!
She can easily come back for more and I won’t be able to stop her…

Plus ,I think this is some sort of abuse…Why do u demand money from others when you”re not offering any service in return? Just because it’s Ramadan,does it mean that I have to give u money? Absolutely not!

Which leads me to think, a woman in her 30s who comes and knocks on doors climbs all those stairs might be in pretty good health. So why not work instead of begging?! God knows her true financial situation but because of the huge number of beggars,am starting to doubt the whole thing.

How she even got to the building,that’s another issue.the door is supposed to be closed and no one can enter unless one of the residents opens it for you through the intercom. Maybe the door was already opened. I dunno. But am scared.




The reason why am writing this, is because today marks the first day of Ramadan. For those who don’t know what Ramadan is, it’s the Muslim holy month. It’s known for being the month where Muslims fast from dusk to dawn, eat nothing all day, as a way to feel the hunger of the poor, and to teach them patience. There are so many reasons why God ordered us to fast,am not gonna go through them all,but I can say that it has lots of health benefits.

During the fasting hours,people are supposed to try not doing anything wrong,for example they shouldn’t lie,shouldn’t smoke,shouldn’t swear or use bad words etc..

also,it’s a chance for people to focus more on their religious and spiritual selves, they should try to give more than take,donate money to charity if they can,feed the hungry and the poor also if they can. it’s a chance for muslims to find some inner peace and reconcile with themselves,and others.

A good thing about Ramadan, is that people start reconnecting with one another,a chance to visit relatives that you haven’t seen for years,get in touch with your friends ,strengthen family ties and try to lead a more peaceful life.

all of the above is just perfect,if Ramadan is just about trying to achieve inner peace and all that. but take a look at all the crap that people do. it’s almost as if we’ve all forgotten what Ramadan is all about,its like Thanksgiving and Christmas put together…

instead of trying to change negative habits,people insist on doing them even more than before,knowingly or not,I mean this:

while driving for instance, and someone gives them a hard time,they start yelling and swearing like never before. what’s that about? if you cannot remember the reason why you’re fasting in the first place,why are you doing it?? Everybody knows what this month is all about,why can’t people try to control their temper?!!

It’s supposed to be this time of the year where you should lead the life of the poor,to experience how it would be like if you’re hungry and have nothing to eat.instead,people go in a grocery shopping frenzy before and during the month and start storing all kinds of food in their fridge,it’s almost as if there will be some nuclear holocaust and there wouldn’t be any food left in their supermarkets! what the hell is that?? they feel the need to compensate all the hunger they’ve been through for 18 hours straight. it’s really ironic when you find people gaining more weight than ever during this month..hello! it would’ve been a golden opportunity for those who struggle to lose weight but can’t.but you know,the exact opposite just happens.

Ramadan is famous for the delicious menus that house wives set during the month,especially the Ramadan deserts: Konafa and Katayef. they’re yummy.

what really bothers me, is that some people go too far with religiosity, to the extent that they lose touch with people during those 30 days,because they do nothing all day except cook for the Iftar(means breakfast,the 1st meal that we eat in Ramadan) and pray and read the quaran all day long. how about trying to invite people over for iftar and share some quality time instead of being in seclusion like that? how about some thinking and reasoning? why can’t these people do both? focus a little bit more on their spiritual selves and also,not to forget socializing with others and reconnecting with people. Being a little bit more religious in those days doesn’t mean losing touch with people. too much of anything is just annoying and WRONG.

another type of people do occupy themselves with something different. yes they fast,yes they pray, but they also pay so much attention to the TV and what’s being aired . it’s an old habit here in Egypt that during that month, there happens to be a massive production of TV Series and talk shows that it becomes really hard to follow all that,but halfway through Ramadan, you can find yourself just following one or two series max. but some people manage to follow-up with all the talk shows and might just forget what this is all about!

To be fair, there are those who try to balance things and make good use of this holy month,I wanna be one of those,but I lack sufficient motivation,this sucks,I have to get it done and do something that I can be proud of..Ramadan Karim Everyone

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