Ramadan: #TheStruggleIsReal

Ramadan is finally here and I am excited…and like every year, I know I will have to explain what it is all about to my non-muslims friends so I decided to take the initiative and start early!

Ramadan is a special month out of the year where over a billion of us (muslims) have an opportunity to spend time towards inner reflection, devotion and self-control. It is also a time for intensive worship, reading of the Qur’an, giving back to the less fortunate and purifying one’s behaviour. Oh, and Fasting! How could I have forgotten that?! We abstain from food from sunrise (Fajr) to sunset (Maghrib) for the entire month, talk about self-control!

Ramadan Schedule

^(I should be there right now!)

That being said, allow me to walk you through the wonder that we call Ramadan!

It all starts with excitement (or is it just me?)

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Then you have to wake up for Suhoor…

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We all know the drill…

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And then you try to start the day without your morning coffee

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Having to answer the usual “no, not even water” questions…

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When your friends go out for lunch…

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All of a sudden, your sense of smell is stronger than you expected…

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Then you eventually snap back to reality and realize it’s one of the many things you’re supposed to be learning during Ramadan…

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Sometimes you do forget you are fasting (it happens okay!)

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Sometimes you accidentally curse…

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Restraining yourself from movies and music can be tough…

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When something “haraam” pops up on the Internet

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Your bathroom after every shower (or is it just me?)

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That one time you wake up late for Suhoor…

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We all know that one person who insists on watching “The Food Network” during Ramadan…

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Your breath is definitely NSFW

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#TheStruggleIsReal

On the bright side

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Those last few minutes before Iftar always seem like forever!

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That first bite…

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You do end up eating more than you should…

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and…

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Although the fasting during Ramadan does start out as a struggle, it does teach you how maintain self-control and patience.

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It is the one month where you’re blessed for every small act you do

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It’s an opportunity to catch up with old friends and family…

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And become a better person overall!

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And before you know it, it’s EID!

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It doesn’t end with Ramadan, the end goal is always to strive to be your own better self and having that opportunity every year to give you that little extra push is a blessing in itself!

So remember to keep striving and make the most of this month, I know I will! 🙂

For the remainder of the month, I’ll be participating in the 30 Nights of Ramadan project. You can check out my work and spiritual reflections from various people at 30 Nights of Ramadan.

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