You go to work where no one is fasting except you. You feel lonely when everyone go to their lunch break.
No one to exchange Ramadan stories with and no one to learn something new from about your religion.
At sunset when you need to break your fast you may be stuck in a meeting or in a class, or at your job.
One day, you may break your fasting alone at home.
And you may also break your fasting alone at home again and again.
You know when to break your fast by looking at the clock unless you use an electronic device (computer or phone) that calls the Athan.
You go to a mosque that has a clean carpet but lack spirituality.
You stuck praying at one mosque whether you like it or not because there are no other mosques to go to.
The community decides that instead of bringing an Imam from Egypt to lead the Taraweeh, as they used to do every year, a young Hafith with broken Arabic from the community should lead the prayers.
You stand behind an Imam who recites Quran in a very broken Arabic you can’t even pass the first Raka’ of Taraweeh without drifting in your mind to something very materialistic just to distract yourself from this awful recitation.
The community also decide that after the four Raka’s of Taraweeh a young man should give a small talk. Talk about learning nothing about Islam in the six years I spent in this city, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
Many times, when you decide that you need to pray all Taraweeh they postpone the prayers because a group of Muslims came from a different city collecting donations to build a mosque in their city. You feel extremely annoyed and leave.
You finish Taraweeh on Saturday at 11:30 pm feeling very spiritual to see drunk college kids roaming aimlessly the streets.
Bottom line if you want to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas you should live in the US!