The month of Ramadan is the holiest month in the Hijri (Islamic) calendar. This is the month when it is the duty of all Muslims 12 years and older to fast from dawn till dusk. How long one fasts depends on where that Muslim is—in
I wake up everyday at in the morning to have my breakfast with my parents and my siblings. It is one big meal, not your regular breakfast. After we’re done having breakfast, my father recites the prayer and from that time on, we neither eat nor drink. I go back to sleep after the morning prayers but my parents stay up to recite the Quran. I then wake up at and go to college.
That’s how my usual Ramadan day usually starts—but today it was slightly different. Today when I went to college, I wasn’t feeling alright. Now according to Islamic rules, once you have decided to fast, you can’t break your fast at any time, no matter what, or you’re going to hell. But I don’t give a rat’s butt about that. What I do care a little about is my parents’ happiness (and my own skin) and how upset they will be if they find out I have broken the fast before dusk.
But today I forgot about all the consequences as soon as when I felt that slight little headache that I feel when I don’t eat (and I love food). I said to myself, ‘ah! To hell with all the rules and the laws, I’m eating!!’ I ran down to the food court and committed the terrible sin of having a huge lunch with all the infidels who were there eating merrily, Ramadan or no Ramadan.
My forbidden food consumed, my headache was gone and I felt really good. I then came home, and my mom was still reciting the Quran in her room. I went into her room and told her, ‘I broke my fast, because I wasn’t feeling well…’ and she looked up at me like I had just committed murder. Not remaining in her presence a second longer than that, I closed the door to her room, went to my room and went to sleep. Good thing they don’t wake me up out of my sleep around my house.My dad hasn’t come home yet, but when he does, I will surely have to face whatever he has to tell me. Maybe it will be a lecture and a warning, or my Hindu friends may get blamed, who knows!