– A Christian friend of mine tried to experience fasting. He do the
proper preparations. Woke up at 2:00 in the morning and prepared his
food. By dawn, he started his observance of the Holy Month. At 10:00
am, he told me, he was feeling dizzy and his thirst for water was
driving him nuts. At 11:00 in the morning, he break his fast. That is
exactly what we feel every time we fast. He are very hungry and very
thirsty. And your mind tells you that time runs so slow.
– But when your body adjusts and you get used to it, you will then
realize that its not the longing for food nor the water that makes
your fasting really hard. It is actually the lack of sleep. During the
month of Ramadhan, you barely have less than three hours of straight
sleep every day. Especially if you work during day time, you have to
deprive yourself of proper sleeping time. You may ask, how do we do
– My answer is simple. Because of our faith of Allah (SWT) that we can
do it. The body and soul is detach from each other and the soul can
control the body. Thus, I realized that Islam is not merely an
ideology nor a theory nor an idea. It is about faith and praxis of how
to live a life with moderation and control of our desires and
struggles. Like when you fast the whole day, when Iftar comes, when
you drink a glass of water all your hardships disappear. Imagine, if
most Muslims really understand and practice Islam, then we may solve
half of the world’s problems today.
– “Fa innama’al usri yusraa.” Verily after every difficulty, there is relief.
– “La tahzan innALLAHA ma’ana.” Do not despair, Allah is with us.