Hey guys! How are you all?
Happy June 😉 Soooo…May wasn’t my power month this year, but maybe June will be!
Today, I thought I’d go through what a typical day in Ramadhan is like for me (a fasting Muslim). Overall, it’s really not much different from any other day (minus a few exceptions) as we strive to be good Muslims all throughout the year.
The first thing one must do in order to fast is have the niyyah (intention) to fast the night before (or even start the month with the intention to fast). We (my family and I) wake up well before dawn (this year, we wake up at around 3 A.M.) to eat the first meal of the day (sahoor). As this meal is what will keep you going throughout the day, it’s good to try eating high-protein foods and drink tons of water until dawn, after which you can’t eat or drink anything anymore until sunset. Personally, I don’t like eating heavy foods THAT early in the morning, so I opt for cereal, waffles/pancakes, milk, dates, hash-browns, and/or eggs.
Here’s what one day of our morning selections of food looks like (We went to IHOP this morning).
Then, at dawn, we perform the morning prayer. Since it’s usually still pretty early, many go back to sleep for a bit before waking up again to get ready for the day. Usually before sleeping, if I’m not too exhausted, I like to read the Quran.
For the most part, I go about my daily business as I normally would, despite not being able to eat or drink. I add in a nap if I can during the day and I also try to read more Quran. Fasting is not just about abstaining from food and drinks, so I try to refrain from vain talk and quarrels as well. I also pray my five daily prayers as much on time as I can, as this is the month where we try to spiritually recharge our faith and try to be the best people that we can be in order to gain the blessings of Allah (the Most Gracious).
When the sun is setting, we break our fast (this is called iftaar time). It is a norm to break the fast with dates and water/milk before performing the evening prayer. Some days we also go to the mosque for iftaar and the evening prayer, followed by a special prayer that is only recited during Ramadan (Taraveeh prayer).
I try to eat light snacks at first which then can be followed by a larger meal later in the evening. Getting older, I’ve learned to not stuff myself right after breaking my fast because you do NOT feel good after eating too much too fast (although there are some days I that can’t control myself haha).
Here’s what we had for dinner the other day. For the appetizers, there was fruit, salad, and dates. For the bigger dishes, we had lasagna, Chinese noodles, pizza, and fried chicken. The pink drink in the back is called Rohafza milk (very sweet and delicious!).
Then, the rest of the night is filled with a ton of random things before I head to bed.
So, that’s my typical day during Ramadhan. It’s not so different from any other day, though this month is very special. I feel reinvigorated after having fasted throughout the month.
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