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This news story, from Gulfnews, is a couple of months old but it recently caught my attention. It discusses the experience of Ramadan of new converts to Islam. They also talk about a Chinese family of three who converted to Islam. Here are the relevant excerpts from the story.
A Chinese family of three, mother, father and daughter who embraced Islam two months ago, said Ramadan is an experience although it has been difficult since it is the first time they have abstained from food and drink.
The 26-year-old daughter who chose Fatima as her name, told Gulf News through a translator, that she was feeling thirsty throughout the day and did not eat enough at suhoor because she is not used to eating at dawn.
Asma, the mother, said she was urging her daughter to eat enough food at dawn because she would not eat the entire day.
“However, I intended to fast and prayed to God to help us and give us the patience to fast,” she said.
The family has been learning about Islam for the past two months and is set to go to Haj [pilgrimage] after one week. Although the family does not speak Arabic or English, they have been learning about Islam and Ramadan by reading booklets and attending lectures in Chinese.
Asma said she embraced Islam because she found it to be a clear religion which did not exploit people’s feelings or money.
She said in China, she did not have any religion because most religious practices were based on exploiting people’s feelings and their money.
“When I came here to work, I attended some religious lectures out of curiosity and read some books and realised that I have one God and I need to be a Muslim,” she said.
Asma said she consulted with her husband Mousa and daughter Fatima who also started attending lectures and were convinced that they want to embrace Islam. Fatima said she is interested in learning Arabic which will make it easier for her to read the Quran.