…Including 100 Things To Do When Fasting To Get Your Mind Off Food.
It’s Ramadan. Wow.
I could just leave it at that and leave you all here thinking ‘what is she on about?’, but the whole point of this post is to help any of my fellow Muslims fasting to survive and to teach all of my other readers about what Ramadan really is and what it really means.
That’s why I made this post- to help my fellow Muslim readers get through the month and to show my readers who are still confused about it all as to what it means.
I’ve got a Q+A, some of my best tips and even a list of 100 things you can do in Ramadan to help you get your mind off food. Are you ready for an insane blog post?
Let’s do this!
Let’s start with a bit of a Q+A about Ramadan…
In a nutshell, Ramadan is a 30-day-long Islamic month where all adult Muslims must fast from all food and drink during sunlight hours (you are able to eat whatever you want, so long as the sun is completely down!). During the winter, this is quite easy as the sun is only up for around 12 hours but in the summer, it is incredibly difficult because the days are much longer.
Not even water?
Why do you do it?
Just kidding. It’s actually because we believe that our holy book was revealed to our Prophet Muhammad* in this month, so it considered to be a holy month and to celebrate we fast. The month is full of blessings, meaning that all good deeds we do are multiplied by at least 70 and many Muslims devote themselves to religious reflection and being kind to others. Ramadan is the month of fasting, and therefore Muslims fast every day and try extra hard to please God and do good deeds.
Who is allowed to do it?
Anyone is allowed to do it unless you fasting will put you in great danger health-wise, for example, if you’re pregnant, very sick or have a condition that means you will get hurt if you do not eat. It also isn’t compulsory if you’re travelling, but will have to make the fasting days up after Ramadan for the ones you missed. Most people will go to a doctor to get this reference as to what they should do if they believe it may not be safe for them to fast. It is firmly believed that fasting should never be dangerous, which is why it is not compulsory for children to fast (however, they can if they want to and it is safe) and for those who are sick.
When do you break and start your fast?
For me personally, in Melbourne winter, I stop eating around 6AM and start eating again around 5PM. I’m incredibly lucky! However, in London for example, where it is summer and the days are longer, they have to stop eating around 2:30AM and start eating again around 9:30PM! It’s pretty hard. It is fair, however, because the Islamic calendar goes by the moon, meaning that it goes backwards around 11 days each year. Soon in Melbourne I will have to fast in summer and London will be fasting in winter etc., so it is all fair in the end.
If you have any other questions about Ramadan, just comment them below and I will answer them and add them into the post!
RAMADAN SURVIVAL GUIDE
Ramadan is hard, no matter what time zone you are in. However, there is a way to get out of this alive, so I’ve put together my best tips from Ramadan to help you through Ramadan!
HAVE A FULFILLING SUHOOR (BREAKFAST)
Get lots of protein, water and caffeine if you need it. Eggs on toast, meats and legumes are great options for a protein-filled breakfast that will keep you fuller for longer. Try to have at least one glass of water if you can and a coffee/tea should you need one.
ALL THE NAPS
This is completely justified in Ramadan. Nap everywhere. I literally napped backstage before a performance during Ramadan once (for about half a second, but still). Go to bed after breakfast. Go to bed right before Iftaar and set an alarm for five minutes before (this is always the best feeling to wake up to). Sleep deactivates your hunger for a while and also kind of resets your tummy so when you wake up you will feel refreshed and more energetic.
DO. NOT. EXERCISE.
Unless you want to die. Don’t. Do. It.
I can help you with that, actually. Behold…
100 THINGS TO DO WHEN FASTING TO GET YOUR MIND OF FOOD
- Organise your makeup
- Try makeup tutorials
- Buy makeup
- Have a super long bath/shower (use ALL the bath bombs)
- Listen to music
- Listen to Soul Food
- Listen to the world. Just the cars going by, the wind in the trees, your family chatting. Just listen.
- Read Quran
- Read a book in general
- Write a book
- Go chat with your family
- Write a poem
- Scroll social media
- Watch TV
- Chat with your friends
- Paint your nails (make Wudu first and take it off when it’s time to pray!)
- Come up with blog ideas
- Scroll blog designs
- Renovate your blog
- Schedule your blog
- BLOG BLOG BLOG
- Try on all of your clothes
- Change your room up
- Go for a walk
- Go on a random train, ride it to the end of the line, and see where it takes you (make sure you don’t get lost, haha!)
- Write in a journal
- Watch a movie
- Read fanfiction (why not)
- Play Just Dance (maybe)
- Light candles and reflect so you can feel super Zen and shiz
- Write a song
- Overanalyse Fall Out Boy lyrics
- Overanalyse Panic! At the Disco lyrics
- Question everything
- Write down these questions
- Go shopping
- Go around in your suburb or whatever and look at stuff
- Read all the Tumblr text posts
- Read motivational quotes
- Help someone in need 🙂
- Clear out everything
- Wash your makeup brushes
- Write a list
- Scroll the LOL section of Buzzfeed
- Stalk a celebrity online
- Go online shopping
- Browse dat boi (Because dat boi is the best)
- Make a travel wish list
- More nap
- Start a Ramadan diary
- Pamper your face
- Take photos
- Dream of cool hair colours
- Read a Frankie
- Clear our your camera roll
- Dust your furniture (yep, I said that).
- Go to a furniture store
- Learn to contour
- Read blogs
- Do your homework (Uh-huh)
- Practise an instrument (Uh-huh)
- Make a blackboard
- Make your room more Tumblr
- Do colour swatches
- Shop ASOS
- Stalk people on Instagram
- Make flower crowns
- Buy flowers
- Make DIY succulents
- Buy succulents
- Chat with someone you haven’t talked to in a while
- Go to the park
- Listen to instrumentals
- Try out cool nail art and miserably fail
- Browse cool bedrooms
- Study (Uh-huh.)
- Move around (Why not)
- Make soundtracks
- Make a new background for your phone/laptop
- Make loom bands (they’re surprisingly fun!)
- Do a magazine collage
- Write a fashion post
- Get up-to-date in politics
- Make a positive affirmations page in a notebook
- Practice handwriting
- Change your clothes just ’cause
- Even more nap
- Memorise a Surah
- Listen to the radio
- Binge watch TV shows
- Or movies.
- Or cat videos. Anything, really.
- Many a nap
- Get a date (the fruit, haha.)
- Well done! You’ve finished a day of fasting once again! Now EAT.
Ramadan Mubarak (Have a Blessed Ramadan)!