Anonymous asked: Hello! I grew up in a Muslim home, my whole family is *loosely* religious (they follow some parts of the religion, only when they feel like it..-__-), but I am an atheist. It's currently Ramadan and my mother gets very angry/sad with me for not fasting or being religious…they don't quite know I'm atheist because they'd just flip out and whats the purpose in sharing anyway? I just distance myself from them when they choose to be religious. Any advice for how to put up with the next month? :/
Well hopefully things have been working out okay for you. It’s no surprise that like most religious people they only chose to follow it when they want to. It’s the same reason that you see packed churches on Easter and Christmas when less than 1/3 of those people regularly attend. Hopefully for that reason you’ll be able to get away a bit and don’t have to worry about following the tradition in the same way.
It is difficult to be in a situation where you can’t be completely honest with your family about who you are. I am really not one that ever attempts to advocate not telling the truth, but there are certain times it is certainly understandable to omit the truth. Since that seems to be the situation you find yourself in I imagine it is something you are used to doing. Hopefully you can find a bit of time to get away during the day and still continue to live your life the way you want, even then you can still take part in the feast at the end of the day, nothing wrong with a good meal.