When I read this article, I felt bad. I feel I am everything what's on that articles. I am not going to be hypocrite here, I have to confess that it is much harder to do fasting in non-Muslims country.
There's no sound of Adzan on Magrib time (you always have to check online for exact fast breaking time), longer fasting time, people surround you dont care about your fasting, sometimes when people find out that you're fasting, instead of being respectful, they are mocking you up, there is hardly anyone who also fasting (at least not within 1 mile distance), you wont see people hurrying home from work to be able to break fasting together with the rest of the family, you wont see any food sellers selling sweet beverages for breaking the fast, if you are female, it's harder for you to do Tarawih with the rest of community, since we dont have large room in town to do so..etc..etc...etc..
So you kind of feel, you're by yourself.
To make it even 'worse', even the fellow Indonesians here that I know also a Muslim, they dont fast either.....they even kind of forgot about 'Ramadan'.
'Mbak, puasa?' this Indonesian Guy asked me with very unbelieveble tone in his voice and I answered :'Iya. Insya ALLAH. Situ puasa?'
He replied :"Ndak Mbak. Susah ah/ (he even got married on this very Ramadan month...)
2nd person, an Indonesian married female :'Day, let's meet at the mall, have lunch together.'/ Mmm..sure we can meet at the mall, but I cant have lunch with you, I am fasting'/O yes. Fasting. I forgot about that/
Then when I was in the mall, meeting her, there's another Indonesian lady with her son, and she also ordered food in the foodcourt...
So......as an individual, I feel bad that I am not doing good fasting in this Ramadan and as a Muslim, I am sad, that many of my fellow Muslims skipped to fast on this Ramadan for whatever reasons.
I know it's not my business whether or not someone is doing fasting...but I cant help but feeling 'sad'. I am sad that the fact of my religion is no longer way of life for some people (probably including me) but it's merely a 'label' ....
Should we still say we are a Muslim?