Body Dysmorphia in the Time of Ramadan

Ramadan is rife with majesty and spiritual cleansing. Yet, it requires facing one's body.

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Illustration for The Juggernaut (Mariam Ahmad)

Fariha Róisín


May 31, 2019

Every year, like lunar-calendar clockwork, Muslims fast. They fast to remember their origins, to return to the self, and to see and be with God in the most fulfilling way. It’s a reminder, taught at childhood, to strengthen the muscle of gratitude. To seek the edges of kindness and compassion for humanity — to think of the poor, and thank God that you have what they don’t. To remember how fickle luck can be, and what a privilege it is to navigate the world with access.

There is a magic to the month, a potency that makes the air feel rife with majesty. The month of Ramadan — even though it constantly changes on the calendar — crosses many spiritual hurdles. It feels like a spiritual cleanse, it feels honest. And yet, Ramadan requires me to face my body.

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