Another year, another Ramadan ... but this year it's a tad bit different.
This year our brothers and sisters in many Arab countries are suffering and won't be enjoying the Holy month of Ramadan as they might have in past years; Syria, Yemen and Libya. We add these three countries to a long list that starts with Palestine and ends with Somalia.
These difficult circumstances that are passing over the Arab world, should make us more aware of the importance of a month like Ramadan; keeping the unfortunate in our prayers, remembering to help each other, controlling our anger and staying away from violence and finally enjoying every minute with our loved ones and thanking God for every little blessing, for everything is a blessing but few realize it. Just think of the children suffering from malnutrition and famine in Somalia today ... and think, isn't that bowl of olives and piece of bread on your kitchen table a blessing?
May Ramadan bring peace to the parts of the world that so badly need it.
May Ramadan bring joy to the children who are in need of a smile, where they are.
May Ramadan bring health to the ill all over the world.
I have to add that we should say a prayer for the Syrian people tonight and on the eve of Ramadan, for the gravity of the situation in some Syrian cities like Hamah and Daraa has become extra serious today.
Ramadan 2011 Mubarak.