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Why Fast on Ramadan?

August 2, 2010

Ramadan is here again =) .. my fav month of the year. There are exactly ten days to begin, which the first day is on 11th of August.

BTW, the date it starts changes every year, so you recognised I suppose. That’s because Islam is based on the Hijri Calendar which is a lunar calendar with 12 lunar month and a year is 354 or 355 days, and that means 10 days less than the Gregorian calendar that’s used all over the world (unfortunately stupidly including us although we’re Islamic) other than Islamic countries. So that’s why Ramadan comes 10 days earlier every year. It’s something magical actually, we go through Ramadan in different times, in spring, in summer, in autumn and in winter, on hot days, on cold days, on short days, on long days, on holidays, during vacations .. At home, away from home.

Ramadan doesn’t care about being invited, about the time, about the place, about the weather or about the people. She just comes and spreads on us. Expects us to give her a place to stay and gives us peace and joy, and more understanding in return.

So we’re waken up by mum about 1 hour earlier before imsak (time when first lights of sun seen) and table is usually set for us to eat (i try my very best to wake up earlier to help her, ok?) and after eating, the fasting starts with niyyah which is expressing our intention, like, I have the intention of observing a Fast today of the month of Ramadhân.

You so don’t have to say it out as long as you had the intention in your heart. No need to state it with tongue since it’s the inclination of the heart. But still, i do.

There starts a Ramadan day. No food, no drink. But it’s not hard, you know. I’m not saying you don’t feel hungry at all or thirsty and all, because you do, espeacially during the last few minutes but since you know that it means something, you stand. It’s not like fasting is bad for your health or something, opposite actually, it helps your body like some kind of a detox. It also clears your mind, the way you think.

Then comes the iftar time, which we break our fasts with the sound of evening azan.

O Allah, I have fasted only for you, I believe and depend only on you and I break my fast with the food you provide me. Thank you for the ni’mahs you’ve given us and for health and well-being. Amin.

Either in Turkish or Arabic, that’s what we say. So we break the fast usually with dates since it’s sunnah. Iftar tables are really awesome, you know. Mum cooks some more complicated meals during Ramadan since we usually have guests invited to iftar and all. That’s also another nice thing about Ramadan that either you’re invited or you invite to iftar meals or you go out with friends for iftar. The City Hall builds big iftar tents all over the city but since there happens very long lines before them that was made by homeless people or people who are late to home because of traffic or just for the fun of it. It would be fun to eat alltogether like that, but we couldn’t bring ourselves to wait in the line and it also felt wrong to do since there are so many people who are really in need of the food that’s given in these tents.

Hope, we’re going to have another merciful Ramadan.

Ramadan mubarak!


From → Islam, Turkey, World, İstanbul

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