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The season of Eid is upon us, and I’d like to share this quote from Nelson Mandela that came my way early this morning:

“There is nothing like returning to a place unchanged to find the ways you yourself have changed.”

What a wonderful sentiment. On Eid, we fully return to the routines of normal life, a place unchanged since when we left when Ramadan began. And yet, we ourselves are hopefully changed, by the 30 days of fasting and Qur’an, ibadat and dua.

The degree of the change is up to us, but this is the purpose of Ramadan, to show the contrast between a life engaged in worldly pursuit and one dedicated to the hereafter.

Nelson Mandela is not Muslim to my knowledge but the sentiment he expressed is one that all Muslims can take inspiration from.

Eid mubarak to everyone!

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