As part of Ramadan, our Change Management Consultant, Abdul Omar has kindly shared what a typical day during one of the holiest months in the Islamic calendar looks like and what this time of year means to him…
Ramadan is a month when Muslims get closer to religion. It allows us to fast, give to charity more, pray and read the Quran. The month is full of you doing good deeds.
A typical day for me during this month begins with waking up before sunrise, this allows me to get some food in my system before beginning my fast for the day. When I’ve finished eating, I would pray the first prayer of the day then it’s back to bed for me. I would then begin work at 9 am and pray at the correct times during the day. I also like to allocate time to allow me to recite the Quran every day during this month.
Normally by 3 pm the smell of my mum’s cooking would be attacking my nose and causing me to become hungrier but unfortunately, I don’t have that luxury this year. This year I’ve been improvising all my meals but that’s not a problem, as I am compared to Gordon Ramsey in the kitchen. I like to go to the gym for a couple of hours before I break my fast so when I do inevitably get thirsty, by the time I’ve finished it’s time to eat. I would then break my fast when the sun comes down and let my hair down for the rest of the night by feasting on my late-night snacks which I would’ve been craving all day.
The celebration of Ramadan comes at the end of the month, and this is called Eid. Eid is a time which allows all close ones to get together and celebrate as a family. Once the month of fasting is over, it’s back to normal regarding when you can eat. During Ramadan, you tend to cut out all your bad habits and start to develop good ones. It’s important to try and carry them on even when you’re not in the month of Ramadan.
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