As I mentioned in my previous post, I would be returning with a Ramadan-themed post and here it is! This is a collab post with the super awesome blogger, Bayance! Her posts are incredible and I’m excited to do this with her! She did a post on Ramadan Then vs Now. Check her post out here!
To all of you curious about what Ramadan is:
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Hijri calendar. It is regarded as the holiest month of the year as it was the month in which the Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) on the night of Laylat Al Qadr, one of the last ten nights of Ramadan.
The annual observance of Ramadan is considered one of the five pillars of Islam.
During Ramadan, capable Muslims are required to abstain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk.
So it basically means not eating, drinking, swearing, etc in the daylight hours of the entire month. Up until last year, Ramadan meant quite a bit of
additional sleep deprivation for me. But I loved it anyway, because well, it is Ramadan.
This post is so late y’all it was supposed to come out so much earlier but couldn’t due to circumstances. Anyway, let’s get on with a day in my life!!
I wake up at around 3:40 am bleary-eyed to have my suhoor. It is the meal you have before sunrise. Mine usually consists of some rice, and dates, or a croissant and fruit salad. I do occasionally have ma’moul too, which is an Arabic date cookie (and it is heavenly, trust me). Then follows lots of water so I don’t dehydrate myself quick (I mean it is inevitable to get dehydrated by the end of the day). I then stay up to pray Fajr, which is the sunrise prayer, and stare at the silent world outside. I don’t know why, it’s a habit. And then… I can’t help falling asleep by 5:00 am.
Waking up 2.0
And then I wake up again! My school has shortened the online school timings due to Ramadan and since it’s lockdown there is no time to be lost commuting. This means I get more sleep (YASS) and wake just half an hour before school, at 8:30 am.
I attend school online till 2:00 pm trying to focus on anything but the drying of my throat (does.not.work). By the time school ends, I feel like I’ll never be able to stand straight. This happens all the time.
Reading the Qur’an
I take rest for an hour after school or check my blog, or both. After that, it’s time to calm myself and read some Qur’an. As you know, Ramadan is not just all about the physical aspect of not eating and drinking. Sure, it does help a lot in emphathising with the poor and hungry, but it also is about fasting from obscenities and impurities of the soul.
I have some extra academic classes on a couple of days in the week and I attend them. If I’m not doing my extra classes, I might be taking a nap. (Just saying that alerted my sleepy brain)
Iftar is the meal we have just after the sun touches the horizon, signalling the onset of the sunset. The mosque beside our house and the television both announce it, and we break our fast. I help my parents along with my sibling in preparing and laying down the iftar. Sometimes we bake cakes, buns or grill in the oven. In my house (and in so many others), it is nothing less than a feast!
For an hour after iftar, I do my homework and prepare for the next day. And some days when I have time, I read a bit. These days I am reading Sherlock Holmes – The complete collection.
This is the night prayer that is prayed during Ramadan. It is quite long, but I guess these little qualities define the essence of Ramadan, you know?
Quarantining does have a hand in this. We never actually spent time together as a family earlier. These days, we talk or watch something together and discuss what is happening around the world.
Going to bed
After we are done chatting, I usually go to bed at around 11:30 pm. I know it’s late, but it’s probably the earliest sleeping time compared to almost everyone else who fasts. (Some of my friends stay awake till suhoor!)
And that’s how a day in my life is currently. I actually am grateful that it is this peaceful, unlike so many others who are trapped in difficult times. I’m not complaining, I love Ramadan.
And that’s a wrap! Are you grateful for your situation? What do you think of Ramadan? How is your Ramadan going? Check out Bayance’s Post!
Until Next Time,
Ju The Dodo.