Amir Khalid or Anke Jiang (蒋安可) is a Chinese American Muslim who blogs at “Allah is in China” (http://allahisinchina.wordpress.com). Here is an excerpt from one of his blog posts on Ramadan.
I fasted today, tightening the notches of my belt from sunrise to sunset, abstaining from any food throughout the entire day. Unlike most Muslims I admit I did consume water, but only because my health obliged me to. Nonetheless, I did get a feeling of what Ramadan is supposed to be. The holy month is a time of reflection, remembrance, and charity. As my belly ached for long hours, I thought of the people around the world who don’t have the things I have, things like a comfortable home, leisurely activites, indoor plumbing, fresh food, or even running water. I thought of all the hardships of my life, labouring day-by-day to reach my next paycheck. Never had I thought before of the people who labour day-by-day just to reach the next tomorrow. As I said my five prayers, I remembered them and prayed for them, yearning for my chance to help such people. Thank God for Ramadan. Never had I thought my own hunger could fuel my hunger for charity.
P.S: I will be at Northwestern University for the weekend, if anyone around Evanston wants to meet up, drop me a line at wangdaiyu at gmail.