It’s finally the month of Ramadhan. (Or when this post goes up, it’s near the end of Ramadhan. I suck at blogging)
Ramadhan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. Yes, we have our own calendar which actually corresponds with the moon. During this month, we fast from sunrise to sunset for about 29 to 30 days. The month ends with a day celebration, Eid ul-Fitr, The celebration of breaking fast.
There are many reasons as to why we undergo fasting. It helps us to feel the struggle that people, less fortunate than us, undergo on a daily basis. We start to appreciate the mercies and blessings we have been granted in our lives. The ability to fill our stomach at the start and end of every day.
This is also the month in which we try to get closer to God. We repent for all the sins we have committed through the year, adopt habits such as praying five times a day, reading the Qu’ran etc, and establish relationships with our neighbours by gifting them food and sometimes even inviting them to open their fasts. We basically come together as a community.
Fasting also has benefits to the body. It detoxes the body, speeds up the metabolism and apparently even clears up the skin. However, fasting can also be damaging especially if a person suffers from an eating disorder. And despite the obligation of fasting during Ramadhan, God allows exceptions to the rule. A pregnant or breastfeeding woman, a person suffering from an illness (psychological or physical), children etc.
To me, the month of Ramadhan is being able to spend time with family and friends. It’s about disciplining myself to not give in to temptations. Getting closer to God and establishing new good habits while getting rid of the ones that are harmful. It’s about appreciating the little things in life and being generous to the less unfortunate. It’s more than not eating and drinking, it’s the month that makes me smile. The month where my father would tell me stories about the prophet after we opened our fast, a tradition that my brother has now adopted. Talking about the food my friends and I would eat after school when we opened our fast. It’s about the memories I reminisce and the memories I will create. It is a blessing!
Disclaimer: If I have made any mistakes in any of things discussed regarding Ramadhan, please do not hesitate to comment down below. The post is an attempt to for my readers to get a better an idea of why we, Muslims, fast and what fasting means to me, personally.