Sun, Sand & Ramadan

Bahrain, the land known as ‘Two Seas’, is itself a fusion of sweet and salty authenticity. It is a land where minds are taught to survive the odd conditions…

Simultaneously, it is also a place where one’s dreams get to savour reality. Although it is a land with harsh climatic conditions, it is filled with warm greetings. In a land that against all odds, successfully flourishes, Bahrain is able to mesmerise anyone the moment he or she is exposed to its essence. Having experienced the reality of this fusion, the escape from it becomes secondary.

“If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way.”

Known for its high temperature, Bahrain is a place where necessary precautions are needed. The need to follow these measures in order for people to escape the heat is increased with the month of Ramadan approaching. Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic Calendar and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, including increased offerings of prayer and recitation of Quran for spiritual rewards to be multiplied. It is a month of self-discipline where people refrain from consuming food and drinks from dawn until sunset as well as disengaging in any wrong behaviour trains us to focus our vision and to be steadfast.

I made an interesting discovery, that the word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root Ramia or Ar-rama, which means scorching heat or dryness. This sparked my curiosity to check on the benefits of heat. The first thing that comes to any mind when hearing the word heat is how to beat it, thus neglecting the fact that all experiences in life have a purpose behind it. As humans are responsible for their physical and mental well being, the responsibility also branches out to our surrounding environment that we all come in contact with. The purpose of life that gets pushed to the subconscious side due to our daily rush, gets revived with the coming of Ramadan. The toughest fight no doubt is with our own selves, which one can accomplish with a saying, “If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way.”


Picture1Rifat Najam is a Bahraini blogger and a member of The Bahrain Writers’ Circle. She became interested in writing at a young age but had a long gap of more than a decade before she returned to it. She portrays her writing based on her experience and prefers to keep her style abstract for the readers to relate to their current happening.