KUALA LUMPUR, June 21, 2015:
Ramadan is a month where Muslims are required to abstain themselves from eating and drinking, among others, during the day as a symbol of soul purification and the practice of self-sacrifice. However, not only Muslims are intrigued in welcoming Ramadan into their lives, but non-Muslims as well with many embracing the beauty of Ramadan as well. Their excitement at wanting to experience what fellow Muslims go through while fasting in the blessed month of Ramadan has been shared via several social media groups, namely Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. One Facebook user, believed to be a Chinese man, uploaded and shared a picture of his Iftar (breaking fast) meal with a caption saying, “Yeah!!done my first day fasting on today…lets berbuka puasa bersama friends. #firstdayfastingmonth #cinaberpuasa #berjaya #idoit #20150618 #selamatberbukapuasa #.” The picture that was uploaded by several Facebook groups is rapidly making the rounds and has received a lot of positive and supportive feedback from his fellow friends and netizens. The post received more than 10,000 likes and 100 shares through Facebook alone.
A Twitter user, Eeli Eskola (@MrEskola), another non-Muslim, who seems to be fascinated with Islam through his Twitter posts talked about his experience fasting for four days last year. It also saw his posts go viral this Ramadan.
Eskola, who seems to be humbled by his experience, shared a few insights via his Twitter account into what he learned from fasting in the month of Ramadan. “Not a Muslim (yet), but I fasted for four days (can’t do more, not like I’m not able to). What an experience and it made me reflect, “It wasn’t terrible. Was easier than I first feared. For the poor it’s completely normal to live like that. Now I know how lucky I really am. “Ramadan taught me to appreciate things that you really need in order to live. Living life beyond needs is sadly too common these days.” Eskola, in his latest response, tweeted that he was intrigued by Islam and planned to read the Holy Quran. However, answering the public’s question on his religious status, he mentioned that he had not converted to Islam yet and that he was considering his options for now. In the month filled with blessings, Ramadan opens up the door to everyone, regardless of their religious backgrounds to unite and share the beauty it holds.
As for local celebrities, previously it was reported that model Amber Chia had expressed her determination to complete the 30 days of fasting this year.