I was meeting my client and she asked me how my day today without food and water. I smiled and told her that I am doing well.
I waited for Ramadhan to cut down my smoking; I continued. This is the month that I know I will spend less money on cigarettes.
Hei! Cigarette price increases eh? Well a least a pack of 20 sticks can now last for 2 ½ days as opposed to 1 day. My doctor will be glad with me.
What is Ramadhan anyway?
Muslims fast in the month of Ramadhan. Fasting simply means refraining oneself from drinking and eating starting from dawn till dusk or specifically the start of Maghrib. Fasting anyhow is not solely about refraining oneself from food and drink only. Generally, fasting is meant to teach the person patience and humility. Every day in the month of Ramadan, Muslims will normally start their day earlier than normal. They get up before dawn to eat the Sahur meal (the pre-dawn meal) and then perform their Subuh prayer. They break their fast when the fourth prayer of the day, Maghrib (sunset), is due. Other norms during this month are that Muslims will congregate in mosque for tarawih prayers and after that some will continue to recite the Al-Quran always known as the tadarus. The end of Ramadhan is always been greeted by Eid-ul-Fitr a festivity that marked a successful fasting month for Muslims.
Ramadhan brings delight to a lot of people. In Malaysia the masses will be delighted with delicacies they normally would not see in other months of the year.
Ramadhan delighted those who wanted to cleanse their soul.
For a Muslim, he should take this to shed a bit of weight, to control his food intake, to cleanse colon by taking in colon cleansing food/fruits. Fasting is the best method for detoxification and eating fruits during sahur is said to expedite the detoxifying effect. This is the month for self reflection.
Fasting is also a powerful discipline for bringing the body under submission. We take total control over it. Many say; mind over matter. Fasting fortifies spiritual foundations, builds intimacy with God and strengthens tenacity and courage. We must be tempted with needs to undertake our duty.
For the first timer, he will need to have the courage to persevere. Failing will be easy if one is not strong spiritually. It is all in the mind.
To start fasting is very easy but to stay fasting is most grueling. If you are a fist timer you should observe the followings:
1. Drink a lot of water during sahur.
2. Prepare your mind with the purpose of fasting.
3. Put on a positive mind.
4. Think about the reward you will be getting by fasting.
5. Stay away from food or looking at them;
And the list will go on and on.
For Muslims, enjoy the month of Ramadhan and hopefully the subsequent Ramadhans to come.