I was out last night and this evening in search for the new crescent moon that marks the beginning of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting. Last night, that would be July 19th, 2012, the moon was not seen. It was only 12 minutes behind the sun and at the same time we had some fog to contend with. Similarly, the moon was not positively seen anywhere in the world on the evening of the 19th.
This evening was a different story. The conditions were perfect and the moon was easily seen. Not that it made much difference, as the 19th was the 29th day of the previous month and was the critical day in determining when Ramadan would start. However, it is my “thing” to be out there photographing the new moon, so out I went again this evening.
The moon was easily seen and a thought suddenly occurred to me. For the longest time as I can recall the moons of Ramadan have appeared in a lack-luster entrance. Quiet, humble and just there. Suddenly it all made sense to me.
“Oh you who believe, Fasting has been proscribed upon you as it was proscribed on those who were before you so that you might increase in piety” ~ Quran.
Piety, this month is about piety. Piety is never flashy. Its not glamorous or forward or vain.
Its about humility, being patient, reserved, and quiet. This evening it was quiet out there. Few people, mild temperatures, slight breeze, very unassuming. The moons of Ramadan have arrived showing us the very qualities that this month is designed to foster in all of us. I am in awe.
To all my Muslim Readers – Ramadan Mubarak! Make use of this month to come out as humble and pious as the moon.
To all Peace.