Incase you were wondering why it has been a bit quiet around these parts over the past month it has been because I have been taking part in Ramadan. For those of you who may not know, Ramadan is the month in which Muslims around the world refrain from eating or drinking from sunrise to sunset. This was the first time I had spent it away from family which got me thinking about what fasting this month taught me.
Prayers mean different things to different people
Looking around me I realise how the month means different things to different people. Muslims from all walks of life choose to participate in the month differently. It can also be really easy for others to judge these choices but the reality is we do not know what is going on in the other persons head. We all need to understand people express themselves spiritually in different ways. If you don’t agree with them, that is fine, but the focus should be on yourself and your own journey.
The month only just starts and before you know it is over in what feels like a blink of the eye. You get caught up in the month and the next thing you know it is Eid and the month is over. It happens every year and always takes me by surprise.
You get a new routine
With the times to eat breakfast being early in the morning and the changing times of sunsets means you have no choice but to get into a new slightly unnatural routine. Instead of coming home from work and grabbing a bite to eat you might take a nap or get in some extra prayers. You end up with a whole new routine which takes a few days to break in and a few days to shake off once the month has come to an end.
It is more than food
As you may have gathered Ramadan is not just about the food but also the reflecting that comes along with it. There is a clarity which can come from the month. Many want to take extra prayers they have done and implement it into our lives outside of the month. (Something which I try but do not always succeed at)
I won’t lie, I am a bit hesitant to share this with you all because I do not tend to talk about my religion too much on here but I want to open more about my life and this month in particular my religion is a big part of my life.
Let me know what you think and if you would like to know more.