Hey, lovelies. It’s that time of year again where I will, alongside million of other Muslims around the world, fast during the month of Ramadan. It’s something that I’ve grown up with. So knowing that there is one month in a year where I stop eating and drinking during daylight hours is just the norm for me. And I know that Muslims everywhere look forward to the holy month.
But I get it, it’s not something that everyone is used to and unless you’re taking part in fasting, it’s hard to completely understand why we do it and what the rules are. Ramadan is a month where you always hear the same kind of question and queries and the same attitudes of people telling me that I shouldn’t fast. But Allah wouldn’t give us anything we couldn’t cope with. He wouldn’t want to harm us. And there are always exceptions when it comes to fasting if it is going to affect your health.
Who do I fast though? Why do so many Muslims look forward to this one month in the year where we don’t really sleep properly and don’t eat for the vast majority of the day. Stepping back and looking at it from the outside, I guess it could seem a little crazy to people who don’t know a lot about the religion. Ramadan is meant to be a time where we spiritually cleanse ourselves.We spend the month thinking of those less fortunate and bringing ourself closer to Allah.
It was during the month of Ramadan that the Quran was revealed to our Prophet (PBUH) and where Allah will give us forgiveness if we ask for it. There’s something about the month where I feel my ties to Allah and my religion get stronger for the year ahead and I feel more at peace. This month of fasting isn’t to lose weight (most people will put on weight if anything) but it’s to try and put the past year behind us, to ask for forgiveness, remember how much we have to be thankful for and get into good habits.
I honestly think it’s amazing that we are given this month because as difficult as fasting can be, we’re given so many rewards for carrying out things like our prayers over the thirty days. More than we usually would gain. The amount Allah is willing to give us within the month, for me, is a testimony to how much He loves us and wants what’s best for us.
Don’t get me wrong. Of course there are days where the headaches are too much, my stomach growls far too often or the sleep deprivation catches up on me. I am human. But I wouldn’t give up this month for anything. To know that the entire Muslim community are doing this together, it’s just an awe-inspiring feeling.
Have you guys got any other questions about Ramadan? Have you fasted? Let me know in the comments.