Ramadan 2023 - The Half Way Point
Thank you Abdul Majeed, Habeeb Mohammed, Ali Bin Mohammed and Nazir Abdullah for sharing with us an insight into your mid-way journey through Ramadan.
How are you? How has the first 2 weeks been?
The first 2 weeks would seem challenging in terms coping with schedule and adjusting to new eating patterns, but actually it isn’t - Habeeb Mohammed
The first 3 to 4 days are always tough because everything changes. Two meals a day (before sun up and after sun down). Your daily routine changes, need to pray on time, visiting mosques fives times a day. Feel exertion. Within a week, it will ease and become a routine - Ali Bin Mohammed
The first two weeks of Ramadan are often seen as a time of adjustment, as individuals adapt to the changes in daily routine due to fasting - Abdul Majeed
It’s been going great, feeling refreshed. I have achieved a good physical and mental balance - Nazir Abdullah
Can you share with everyone about your daily routine?
My daily routine starts with completing professional work (as I work the night shift) then take Seher meal (before sunrise) and perform morning prayers. Then head to sleep for 7 hours, wake up to afternoon prayers then followed by reciting Quran. Get all the arrangements of fruits, dates, and juices ready for breaking fast. After breaking fast and performing prayers then I will log in to work - Habeeb Mohammed
Wake up at midnight, 2 or 3 AM offer prayer (tahajjud), eat midnight meal at 3.30 (known as Sehar), recite Quran until we hear Azaan (it is a Call for Prayer from Mosques) at 5, offer first prayer of the day at 5 or 5.30 AM - Ali Bin Mohammed
Spend some time in mosque, come back home and sleep. Wake up before 1am for second prayer after Azaan from Mosque, go mosque/offer prayer, recite Quran or sit along with people listening about God's kindness. Come back home, have a nap, do a few household chores, go to the market to bring fruits or anything needed at home or spend some time with family. After 3rd Prayer at 5.30 in mosque, come back home and read Quran.
Wait for the 4th prayer, which is the time when we break our fast after sunset (around 6.45). During the sunset, we eat for like 5 to 10 mins and go to mosque to offer our fourth prayer of the day. Come back home and have some food. We wait for 5th prayer of the day that happens at 8 or 8.30 and it lasts for like 2 to 3 hours.
We come back home at 10 or 10.30. Sleep and wake up again at midnight, 2 or 3 for midnight prayers and prepare for next day (eat midnight meal – Sehar) - Ali Bin Mohammed
Starting my day with early morning meal and then pray, then sit with my family and everyone is busy for the whole day in their daily work and busyness, along with the prayers. Then when it is nearer to fast breaking time, everybody gathers in one room and starts praying for everyone around. Then at a particular time, everyone breaks the fast. Then after a couple of minutes go for the prayer, sit together for some time. Then I start my work day here - Nazir Abdullah
What are the main benefits?
Body Detox (keeping an empty stomach for long), skin rejuvenating (eating fruits), solve digestion problem, cleanliness leads to godliness (we take ablution or wazu before every prayer) - Ali Bin Mohammed
I personally feel good by eliminating unnecessary and bad things from routine. And health wise too, fasting has proven benefits - Habeeb Mohammed
It’s great to look around, there is a calm everywhere. When you look at the people around you feel that energy that everybody is doing the same thing. Plus with time, your body detoxifies itself. The other benefits are unlike other days, if charity is given, it is equivalent to 70x more - Nazir Abdullah