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Ramadan is very much in full swing. After the struggles of the first week, you’re probably used to the long days without food and water by now. This means you can begin to focus on the more important things, like self-reflection, prayer and charity.
Naturally, this takes a lot of discipline, and anything requiring a high level of personal control can cause us to slip. We’re only human. To prove you’re not alone, let’s take a look at some of the common mistakes we can all make during Ramadan.
Judging Someone for Not Fasting
When you’re 17 hours into your fifth day of fasting you might start to feel less-than-friendly to someone who’s eating normally. Even so, people usually have good reasons for not fasting, and it’s important to respect their decision. BTW, if you want to find out more about said decision, don’t forget that they may prefer to keep it private.
Here’s the thing – if you start to worry about someone else’s motivation, you might forget the reasons why you (yes, you) are observing Ramadan in the first place.
That is unless this person is literally chowing down on lip-smacking meals right in front of you – then you can call them out.
Ramadan is a time to give thanks to God for how blessed you truly are. While whining about a public transport is, in some ways, a British rite of passage, delays on the Jubilee line aren’t exactly the end of the world.
And if stuff like commuter strife is one of your biggest daily problems, you can definitely count yourself lucky.
Badmouthing and Bad Vibes
Ramadan is a time to reflect and look out for your fellow man, so don’t beef with other people. It always pays to be nice to those around you, whether face to face or behind their back, Ramadan or not.
In short, try to be a stand up guy/girl 365 days out of the year.
Sleeping all day
Sleep, as we all know, is a surefire way to not eat. However, it’s probably not a great idea to waste away entire days in bed just to forget you’re hungry.
The occasional nap is not bad thing, a nocturnal month is. Especially if you have school or university or a job.
Eating way too Much
You know the drill. There are only a few more hours of sunlight left. Tonight, your aunt (your aunt who can really cook) is cooking an Iftar meal for your friends and family. This is it, this will be the night you stuff yourself; the night you’ll not only break your fast, but kick it in the chin when it’s down. It’s going to be lit.
Unfortunately, dominating 4,000 calories in 45 minutes might not be the best idea for your mood, your sleep or your waistline. We’re not saying don’t do it a few times, just don’t do it every Iftar. And another thing, don’t do it because of this…
Focusing on Fasting Above all Else
While no one can deny that the fast is a huge part of Ramadan, it’s not the only part. However, many people make the mistake of prioritising this particular aspect above all else. We get it. It’s easy to do.
Ramadan is about reflection, prayer, charity and remembrance of God. We’re not saying people make a conscious decision to forget these things, but it can be all too easy to push them aside when you’re so focused on making it to that delicious, delicious Iftar.
Even so, don’t beat yourself up if it happens. Just try remember to always focus on every aspect of Ramadan. It will not only help with your spiritual growth, but it will (hopefully) ensure food isn’t the only thing on your mind.