Anna Jadeer is a 12 year old young Muslim woman. She is currently the SRC Representative for Year 7 at Merici College and one day she would like to study criminal or family law. Anna is the youngest Jasiri Trailblazer Fellow.
The holy month of Ramadan is a time period where Muslims fast during the day and break the fast at sunset. This month is a very important month for the
Muslims because the Holy Quran (religious book of Islam) was revealed to the Last prophet, Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him.
Ramadan is also known as the month to recite the holy book (Quran) with dedication and also encourages Muslims to pray their five daily prayers.
In Islam, there are five pillars, fasting is the third pillar. The main purpose of fasting is more than denying food and water, it also involves avoiding ill speech, arguments, loss of temper and preventing harmful actions. For Muslims, the point of fasting is to demonstrate submission to God and keep your mind focused on the Islamic and appropriate values.
After the holy month of Ramadan ends, it is followed by the three-day ‘Eid Al-Fitr’ holiday, celebrating the end of the fasting period. ‘Eid Al-Fitr’ is a three-day celebration where Muslims celebrate their completion of fasting through Ramadan.
As a young Muslim woman, Ramadan is special to me because it is a time that makes me feel more faithful, patient and more humble. It is a time where I feel more rejoiced, caring and more appreciative of everything that I have in my life.
Those who do not celebrate Ramadan often question my ability to fast and attend school. I personally manage to fast and study without struggling, as I do not lose a lot of energy because I eat food before the fast begins to sustain me throughout the day.
I believe as a young Muslim women it's important to be a humble person, speak the truth and dress appropriately or in other words dress according to the Islamic values. Having said that, it's very important to respect others choices and different beliefs.
Muslims are no different to any other human being, we just have different beliefs and that does not make us any less human. Muslims and Non-Muslims are equal, none of the above is any less or anymore.
- Anna Jadeer
To all Muslims in Australia and around the world, Jasiri Australia wishes you a blessed and peaceful Ramadan. Ramadan Mubarak!