The young man, like myself, had been fasting for the entire day. For someone who was obviously hungry, he didn’t even think twice before offering me his iftar. To me, this is the true essence of Ramadan. Although most of us spend the day waiting for iftar so that we could devour pakoray, samosas, fruit chaat and just about everything else in sight, Ramadan is about giving up these indulgences. This is a time when we’re essentially supposed to train ourselves for the rest of the year. This means more than giving up food; it means perfecting our characters and bringing ourselves closer to Allah subhana wa ta’ala through our actions.
Even little acts of kindness like this can go a long way. Along with praying and fasting, may we all make the most of this Ramadan inshaAllah through our actions and act charitably towards one another.