Update on Ramadan

»  mark    14 Sep 2008 @ 22:13    

Some of you may be wondering if I was really serious about my intention to observe Ramadan. So I thought I would give a status report halfway through. That’s right, 15 days down, only 15 or so to go.

The fasting is harder than I first imagined. While it isn’t as hard as a 24 hour fast, it is relentless. Kind of like running a 5k vs. a 600 yard dash. That may not be the right metaphor but you get the picture. My body is adjusting, most of all, to the lack of fluids. I hope my kidneys forgive me.

So let’s examine my goals:

  • Fasting
    I have fasted each day. This hasn’t been easy, but I’m sticking to it the best I can.
  • Charitable donations
    The fast really has given me more compassion toward the hungry. Eating nothing and eating not enough every day are different feelings. I’m not sure which is worse. I have scoped out several organizations I would like to make donations to, and will write more about that later.
  • Prayer
    I have been praying more than usual, though not the quality times I had hoped for. This could use more work.
  • Worship at local mosque
    I did manage to make it to a mosque in San Jose, though I did not enter. The temple, on the other hand, I have been able to attend several times since the start of Ramadan. Anya being my major deterrent. How can someone so tired fight sleeping so much? She didn’t learn that from me!
  • Reading the Qur’an
    I haven’t made any progress on the Qur’an, but I have been listening to the Book of Mormon recited on my MP3 player. I am at Mosiah 15, only 178 pages into the 531 page book. I should be 87 pages ahead at Alma 22. Need to pick up the pace!
  • Refrain from worldly influences
    Ooh, this is a toughy. I admit to reading the newspaper in San Jose. And I have watched some television programs with Anya in the evening. The background noise calms her. That’s the truth! On a positive note, I have refused to watch my favorite programs when not bouncing Anya, and I’ve avoided Google News almost entirely. Some improvement to be made here.

So how would I grade myself so far. Probably a C+. It is not an easy task to leave the world behind when it invades my life on so many fronts.

 
 

1 comment

  1. I am sure this has been quite an eye opener and learning experience. I wish I was brave enough to do something like it but I will just learn from your experiences:)

    ann    24 September 2008 @12:25

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