For Palestinians, Fasting Began Months Ago

For Palestinians, Fasting Began Months Ago

According to Dr Tayser Farahat, the Ambassador of Palestine to the Sultanate of Oman, fasting has been a way of life for the people in Palestine, particularly in Gaza, Rafah, and Ramallah, for several months now. The holy month of Ramadhan has only reinforced their determination and spiritual strength. 

However, the situation in Gaza is dire, with people barely getting one meal a day. This Ramadhan, the circumstances have worsened, and there is a severe shortage of food. 

For Palestinians, Fasting Began Months Ago
In their desperation, they resort to foraging for herbs and even consuming animal feed if it is available. Despite these challenges, Ramadhan in Palestine follows a similar path to other Arab and Islamic countries, with two distinct aspects to the holy month.

The initial route involves spiritual practices such as engaging in acts of worship, performing Tarawih prayers, reciting the Quran, and giving zakat. 

The alternative path encompasses social customs and traditions unique to this sacred month, including visiting close relatives, hosting iftar gatherings, organizing charitable iftars for the less fortunate, and participating in Ramadhan tents and family visits post-Tarawih prayers.

Ramadhan tents and family visits
Dr. Farahat emphasizes the exceptional nature of this year's Ramadan in Palestine, coinciding with the ongoing aggression against the Palestinian people, particularly those in the Gaza Strip. Alongside the loss of innocent lives and widespread destruction, there is a severe scarcity of essential resources such as food, water, and medicine. 

The situation in Gaza has witnessed an unparalleled decline in humanity. In this sacred month, we fervently hope for the cessation of this unjust war, allowing the Palestinian people to experience security and peace, just like any other nation on Earth. This is their inherent entitlement.


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