The most blessed and wonderful month of Ramadan is upon us.
Good people fast and pray during this blessed month.
And they stay away -- more than ever -- from bad things, whether it is bad speech or bad behavior.
The Month of the Qur'an is what the Qur'an seems to call this most beautiful of months.
Shahru Ramadaanilladhee Unzila Feehil Qur'an!
"Ramadan is the month in which the Qur'an was sent down."
Tell the media that. Tell them: Just don't call Ramadan "The Holy Month."
Certainly not: "The Muslim Holy Month."
If the media use these expressions, it is because that is who and that is what the media are: They are media.
And that means they have to do things a certain way. But you and I cannot allow ourselves to fall into that trap.
As a rule, media are motivated by money and profit and ratings and readership.
And they are driven by political considerations in some cases.
And, almost unavoidably, the media are prisoners of the culture and language of their birth, and of their location, which they cannot easily transcend.
Especially when Muslims are only too willing and too eager to fall into their embrace, rather than teach them what is right and true in Islamic culture.
You will be surprised how fast and well the media learn once Muslims are ready, willing and able to teach them what the media need to know about Islam -- and Muslims.
Maybe, just maybe, this Ramadan is the month during which Muslims must set out to teach the media about Islam and Muslims -- including Ramadan.
Plain and simple: Shahru Ramadan.
The Month of Ramadan!
Just the way God Almighty characterizes it in the Qur'an.