Tuesday, July 1, 2014

It's Ramadhan Once Again

The holy month of Ramadhan has descended upon us once again. It seemed like only a few months ago we observed Ramadhan last when in truth, one year has passed. 

For the first time since 2002, I would be performing the fasting obligation in winter. It is a common thought that I will be having it easy. In fact a recent article How Long Muslims Fast For Ramadan Around the World by Huffington Post has confirmed that Sydney-siders will be experiencing the shortest fasting day in the world. This has sprouted feelings of envy from certain people especially those who are in Malaysia or experiencing summer.

Without getting into a discussion of who has it easier, let's just say that every Muslim will face their own personal challenges in getting through this month regardless of their geographical location. Challenges could be in the form of
  • weather, 
  • lack of sleep, 
  • ease in getting food for sahur and buka puasa (aka iftar), 
  • waking up for sahur, 
  • ability to buka puasa on time
  • support of family/friends to get you through the day and 
  • everything else that that come our way.
While one might be disadvantaged in one area, they probably have it easier in other ways and vice-versa. Ultimately, the playing field is level whether we like (or realise) it or not.

In addition to the points above, I foresee a different challenge for myself  in the form of feeding Mr H. Although he is not that a fussy eater, I worry whether I am feeding him enough to get through the cold, the long working hours and also the strenuous operations he performs through the day. Having said that, I will take it one day at a time. 

May we all have a fruitful Ramadhan and achieve our personal targets we have set for ourselves.

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