The Holy month of Ramadan has arrived and we have already kept fast 1 of 30, and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. As Muslims fasting is one of the 5 Pillars of Islam and is compulsory for all Muslims as soon as they have hit adolescence, however if you are ill, pregnant or breast feeding, you are exempt and in most cases you have to make these fasts up.
I’ll be honest I wasn’t particularly looking forward to it this year, as I’ve had a break for a few years due to being pregnant and breast feeding. The days are much longer and we have to to fast from sunrise to sunset. The first few days are the hardest, but my body soon adjusts and I just get along with it.
My children aren’t old enough to fast yet, but eldest who is 8 years old has kept half fasts, which we let him do on the weekends. It was totally his own choice and think its a good thing, it will help him prepare for when he has to keep a full fast and also it shows to me that he is aware of what Ramadan is and what it stands for.
This year I decided to go the extra mile and put a few decorations and hand make my children a Ramadan advent calendar. I filled up the calendar with a little treat and something for them to do each day, this could either be a good deed, activity or something to learn. So far its been a big hit and I will definitely keep doing it every year.
We break our fast at Iftar with a glass of water and a date and then pray our Magrib namaz. After we eat a simple but delicious meal, for me this something which I would normally eat, occasionally I will have a treat. But during Ramadan you shouldn’t really eat more than you would normally eat, the aim isn’t to lose weight, but you certainly shouldn’t gain a lot of weight. I honestly am stuffed after my water and date and then its not long before we have to up again for Sehri (breakfast).
Ramadan for me is a time where I like to reflect on my life, spend time with my children and family, think about those who are less fortunate than me and help those I can. It’s a real test of faith and patience, and I definitely need a lot of patience, I’m also not very much fun when I’m hungry! lol
It will be a very quite month for me in terms of blogging, but please follow me on Snapchat and Instagram to see what I’m getting up this Ramadan. I would love to hear what you guys did to prepare for Ramadan, let me know!
Ramadan Kareem to you all, please remember me and family in your duas this blessed month.
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