Muslims across the world started to observe Ramadan late last month. The month of fasting during daylight hours commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad. Fasting is obligatory for adult Muslims, but there are exceptions for those who are ill, travelling, pregnant, elderly, breastfeeding, diabetic, or menstruating.
And in the wake of terrorist attacks in Manchester and London that killed many, a British Muslim family decided to share their evening meal with their neighbors. Reddit user SenecaTheYounger posted a photo of the food parcel they received, along with the note that came with it.
The letter starts:
"We at No 17 are opening our fast today and want to share our food! Please join us today as we break our fast at sunset and say a prayer for the innocent lives lost in our country and all around the world."
It goes on to explain Ramadan:
"Muslim [sic] use this month to reflect upon their lives in light of Islamic guidance. We are to make peace with those who have wronged us, strengthen ties with family, friends, and our community, do away with bad habits-essentially clean up our lives, our thoughts and our feelings. The Arabic word for 'fasting' (sawm) literally means 'to refrain' -and it means not only refraining from food and drink, but also from evil actions, thoughts and words."
SenecaTheYounger explained how much they appreciated the gift:
"They're really cool, and it was nice to share their food. I think they meant with the food they've sent. None the less, it's good stuff and a heart felt message."
"It's a shame that a particular group will be shamed because of the few that have done horrendous acts. The killing of Innocence no matter what race or religion they are is wrong, religious or not."
And yes, the food was awesome.
"There was some onion bhajis and samosas," they explained. "They also gave some sweet rice as well as this pudding type thing which was made from carrots, butter and milk. It was soooo good. Different from a lot of foods I've eaten. Just something you wouldn't try often unless someone has brought you that food or you've gone out to see if anywhere serves it!"
Other Reddit users shared their own experience with having Muslim neighbors during Ramadan.
What an awesome gesture.