“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” –Matthew 5:9
Ramadan is a time for settling differences, and avoiding needless quarrels and confrontation. When Ramadan first begins, it is like a child waiting for Santa Claus. The seasonal goodies come out and there is much window shopping in the evenings in anticipation of the gifts that will be received from family members at the end of Ramadan during Eid. Girls in particular can expect gifts of gold jewelry from their brothers. But as Ramadan progresses, it becomes more and more difficult, and tempers can fray, especially towards the end of the day, or in years when Ramadan falls during the summer and the fasting time is longer. Smokers will be waiting for that sundown call to prayer with lighter in hand.
The fasting of Ramadan is a literal preparation for confronting the trials of life with patience and fortitude. But facilitating reconciliation is said to be even better than fasting, prayer, and charity. For those who are interested in exegesis, there is a fairly long Q&A here that goes into the chapter and verse, or aya and hadith, if you will, of the spiritual benefits to be reaped from the setting aside of disputes. And it even quotes a woman, Umm Kalthoom bint ‘Uqbah ibn Abi Mu’eet, in the chain of authority.
So in honor of Ramadan, I am setting aside my feud with Carrite, and by extension with Wikipediocracy, and removing the Jimbotalk potty mouth widget from my sidebar. There will always be plenty of time after Ramadan to start a new feud, if need be. In any case, Wikipediocracy may still be a sausagefest, but they have been making an effort, and acting more and more like human beings. Carrite as well. Shall we mention that Carrite likes pups? And yes, he once pledged to donate any funds from his paid editing gig on Upwork to animal shelters. How can such a person be all bad.
Harmony and understanding
Sympathy and trust abounding
No more falsehoods or derisions
Golden living dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revelation
And the mind’s true liberation…
Let the sun shine in…