Thursday, September 13, 2007

Day One

Thus ends day one of Ramadan.

It wasn't as bad I was expecting. At around noon I was pretty hungry, and when my class ended at 3 this afternoon I couldn't get my mind off of a chicken sandwich. Around 4, I think my body finally accepted the fast and just stopped trying to get me to eat. It wasn't that bad.

It was cloudy at the end of the day, so I didn't know exactly when sunset was. I was pretty much counting down the time because I wanted to eat. I wasn't so much hungry as just wanting to taste of food. I figured something like 6:30 would be a good time to consider sunset, but Doug decided to check when the sun officially set here. Turns out it didn't go down till 7:44pm. Being true to my word of sticking to this fast, I waited until 7:44, at which point I made myself two burritos, had some of the chicken and dumplings that Doug had made (he offered), and a handful of Wheat Thins (I found out the Garden Vegetable Wheat Thins are far better than the Sundried Tomato and Basil).

Today wasn't perfect, though. While waiting for my class to begin outside the room, I nonchalantly wandered to the drinking fountain and had a sip. Immediately afterward I realized what I had done and was mad at myself - then I remembered that unintentionally eating or drinking doesn't count as breaking the fast "for it is only Allah who has fed him and given him drink." I felt bad that I had failed after only 4 hours, but it wasn't technically failing as it was unintentional, so I can still say I'm holding to it.

1 comment:

Becky said...

I am interested to see how your thirty day experience is. It's interesting to experience another culture--be it by fasting, or by living in a village of mud huts.
I wake up with a very dry mouth too--I don't think it's as bad as yours though, because I don't sleep with my mouth open.