Bless those who deny themselves as they deny their stomach. Bless those who celebrate with others as they celebrate your mercy.
Bless those also, who push either to greater piety.
And if in their encouragement they lack piety themselves, God, bless them, too.
May they deny their pride. May they discover your mercy.
May Egypt’s fasting in Ramadan lead her along your way.
Not just her Muslims: Many Christians continue their weekly Coptic fasting. And they do not eat or drink in public, from respect.
So of them all, draw them closer to you in word and deed and being.
Ramadan often becomes a battleground. One critic questioned if fasting is even necessary. Others condemn the popular tradition of hanging lanterns.
Some defend their religious turf. Others hawk merchandise and gouge prices.
Some complain all day and eat all night.
And some—surely many—have a heart contrite and humble.
Bless them all, God. Honor their fasting.