Ramadan 2017: Day 1
The first day of fasting is brutal; 4 hours after suhoor (pre-dawn meal), my stomach was making funny noises. The temptation to break my fast was intense. In order to keep my mind off my hunger, I distracted myself with prayer and studying the Qur'an. But after a few hours of that, a new hurdle arose: physical fatigue and brain fog. I felt like my energy was almost completely gone. Sitting on a chair and staring at the wall seemed strenuous. My mouth felt as though it was stuffed full of cotton balls. I thought that I could spare myself the agony of the first day by taking a nap, but I found that I couldn’t fall asleep. Instead, I burned incense and listened to the rhythm of the recitation of the Qur'an online. I stared at the ceiling, and I made sure to not miss one single prayer. The first couple days of Ramadan can be difficult, but somehow I thought I would be immune to the difficulties. Allah must have chuckled slightly at how adamant I was that I wouldn’t feel the fatigue as strongly as others might feel it. I was very wrong. Now, it is time to prepare to break the fast and also prepare for evening prayers. I apologize if this post is short; I don’t have the energy at the moment to write more. I can’t wait to eat delicious food and drink delicious water and feel the abundance of blessings from Allah.
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