The following was originally posted here.
Good morning, everyone! InshAllah, your weeks are off to a good start, even if it is Monday and you do not want to be back to the grind. Personally, this day is always a mixture of excitement at the prospect of making progress on life goals and loathing of the work week’s monotony. This past weekend, especially, is difficult to say good-bye to since it was very relaxing and involved an iftaar with friends in Meridian Hill Park.
Conversations during the iftaar varied from what the political situations in many Middle Eastern nations meant for the world to urban farming to laughing at the fact that the majority of our dishes consisted of tomatoes. We attributed the latter to the fact that the area experiences a tomato boon in the summer months and with fall rapidly approaching, they will be harder to come by at such cheap prices. I was most excited to see friends that I had not seen since my birthday party back in February and to catch up about all their happenings outside of a sloppy and loud happy hour. Many people were unable to make the iftaar for different reasons, but at the end of the evening I could feel their presence among the group, notably my jaan, family, and closest DC friends. I guess sometimes those we carry in our hearts are ever-present, even if not physically and al-hamdulilah for that fact.
By: Andrew Clark