My Ramadan Diary: Days 1-2

14 09 2007

Well, it’s about three hours until time to break the fast here. I would be lying if I said I’m not feeling the effects (ie. hunger, thirst, sure to be followed by some light-headedness and maybe a little nausea).  However, today has been easier than yesterday.I find that the first three to five days are the most difficult. After that, the going without food and water part of fasting gets easier. The body adjusts.

The greater struggle, the one that does not wear off in three to five days, is the struggle to control the words we speak and the deeds we do.  Which is just as important as giving up the physical.  As the Prophet (saw) said: Narrarated by Abu Huraira:

Whoever does not give up false statements (ie.telling lies), and evil deeds, and speaking badly then Allah is not in need of his (fasting) leaving his food and drink. (Bukhari)

That is the real test. People can be annoying under the best circumstances but on and empty stomach it’s even easier to lose control of your tongue and say something out of anger. 

I have found the best remedy for both struggles is the rememberance of Allah. Keeping myself busy reading the Qur’an, doing dhikr, attending my online Islamic classes, and just generally using the time to reflect on my life and ways to improve myself.  Fasting seems to bring even more clarity to self evaluations.

It’s difficult to explain but knowing that over 1 billion people are fasting along with me is also quite uplifting. I love the unity of it. In some parts of the world now, people are just beginning their fast. Perhaps someone is reading this while partaking of suhoor.  Somewhere else others are breaking their fast, perhaps organizing an iftar for the local muslims or sitting down for a meal with their family. Then, there are people like me in the middle of fasting, closing in on time for iftar, trying to get as much benefit as possible and not think about the hunger.😀 We are all in various stages of our fasting but all united in our goal. It’s truly beautiful. A mercy from Allah.


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14 09 2007
UmAbdurrahman, "Blanca"

Mash’Allah sis, yes the feeling of being in differnt parts of the world and still being able to share the delight of Ramadan is something special.
I could not agree more with you about how controllling our anger in the words we say or actions we may take can be even challenging when fasting becasue we are under personal pressure to meet those personal expectations that Allah has set forth for us to work towards. Those words can turn into bad deeds thus cancelling out our intecions to fast properly. It is just like wanting to slip a piece of bread into your mouth and knowing you can’t becasue Allah is watching everything we do and say.
May Allah make this time one of increased faith and simple remembrances such as what you have mentioned.

Jazak Allahu Khair,🙂

15 09 2007
ummbarakah

Subhanallah! In this month you will see if you are as patience because I know people get really angry in the month of Ramadhan that’s why I minimize my socializing.
Assalaam wa Laikikum
Umm Barakah

15 09 2007
Aeryn

Asalaam Alaikum Sister,

You have a wonderful blog, mash’Allah! Ramadan Mubarak!

May Allah bless you and your family, and bring you closer to Him and to each other during this blessed month,

Aeryn

15 09 2007
adikbongsu

Salam’alaik UmmYusuf,

totally agree with you that first few days are the hard esp. to the kids and controlling the words and action are harder but with perseverance we will succeed insya-Allah🙂

I’ve managed to fast for 2 days and then my menses came 😦

Oh this is the time when I wish my menses would skip a month so that I would not miss my fasting but Allah knows best and this is one of the fitrah he has set for us women.

Keep posting sister for I love to read your entries🙂

16 09 2007
moeen

Asalaam Alaikum,

Its good to see some good writing skills.

Good work.!!

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