'You need to fast for how long?!"."So you can't drink as well as not eat?!" These are some of the comments I've been hearing this Ramadan when telling people about the fasting Muslims undertake during this holy month. To someone who is not used to it or who is not looking at the spiritual goal of abstaining from food and drink then this must seem quite a challenge. It makes me reflect back to when I first came to Islam and began learning to manage the obligations of the religion, such as prayer and fasting.
When I became Muslim over 9 years ago, Ramadan was in the autumn so the days were much shorter and the weather was cooler, so on reflection I do not remember it being much of an issue. Perhaps if my first Ramadan was around this time of the year then I would have more vivid memories. One thing I do remember is staying over at a friend's place and waking up for breakfast at what seemed to be a very strange hour. My friend who introduced me to Islam was very patient and understanding, he did not push me too hard; nevertheless I did wake up that morning for a memorable bowl of cornflakes.