Raspberries during Ramadan

Today I got cocky. Did a two hour hike up a beautiful oak forested low mountain just outside of Dublin. And then I nearly caved. Again.

Halfway to the top of the mini-mountain I ate a raspberry by accident. I was so excited to see my first ever wild-raspberries that I completely forgot about the fast. If I had found any more I probably would have eaten them too. But it was by mistake so I think it’s okay.

And then my sister-in-law invited me to a bar-b-q. ‘If you want to break the fast’ she said in her text. I did want to break it but held on. I was even tempted to eat in McDonalds when my husband picked up a take away for himself and my toddler. That’s how hungry I was. The hunger monster in my belly was banging for attention. Loudly.

By 6 o’clock I was really craving food and wondering ‘why am I doing this anyway?’ Hitting at the edges of persuading myself out of going any further. I visited my sister-in-law’s house just for the company and there were glasses of prosecco on the go and people slagging me munching on the final bits from the bar-b-q. Kids were running around waving chocolate cookies in their hands. Taunting me.

Today was the toughest yet. I was really beginning to feel foolish and questioning the whole experiment of fasting for Ramadan even though I’m not Muslim. As consolation for the challenge I think to myself ‘ah surely I’ve lost a few pounds in the process’. But I’m not getting onto the scales to face the fact that probably – no!

6 thoughts on “Raspberries during Ramadan

  1. Salaam! My friend showed me your blog on Facebook and I have to say I find what you are doing so interesting. I am in Iranian Muslim, living in London. I have to applaud you for your efforts. Fasting, as you know is not easy, so for you to do it when it not obligatory is just amazing.
    I think you are an inspiration to the many Muslims who say fasting is too hard and do not do it. I am not judging them – that wouldnt be right but I do think they may think twice if they looked at your blog.
    Thanks for blogging about your experience. I am now following 🙂
    I will be sharing your blog on Facebook and Twitter.
    All the best, Grace from London

    • Hi Grace. Thank you so much for your comments and shares too. I imagine that sharing the fast and the breaking of the fast must be a lovely part of the experience which I’m missing out on. I’m going to the Shi’a mosque in Dublin tonight for Iftar so I’m looking forward to that. Happy Ramadan & thanks again 🙂 Colette

  2. Hi Colette

    I have been thinking about you and your blog all day. I have emailed the link to my friends and family as well as the shares on FB and Twitter as I mentioned. I think its fantastic what you are doing.

    I hope you had a lovely Iftar tonight at the Masjid. I too am Shi’a (not that it matters, we are all the people of Allah).

    My family live in Southampton so I can only see them some weekends. I tend to wake up at 2am on my own to eat something and most Iftars I am alone as well, but you are never truely alone – Allah is always with us. Im just trying to let you know that I know whats its like – I am often on my own at meal times here in London.

    Happy Ramadan to you too – sorry for not saying that before

    Lots of love and keep going – you are doing great 🙂 xx

    • Hi Grace – thanks for that! Whatever about me, as a nonMuslim, eating alone, I do imagine you must miss your family as from what I’m hearing it’s very much a month for family to get together. I will think of you tonight when I break the fast! Last night was really lovely and I met some great women too. Will be writing about it later today. Thanks also for sharing my blog – readership is increasing by the hour!! Have a good day today 🙂 Colette

  3. Hi Colette, I am really impressed that you are fasting the month of Ramadan. Sometimes people eat by mistake during the fast, and when that happens, we say that Allah fed you. I was raised roman catholic here in Ireland and my parents were brought up in the old school style of religion and I was brought up with the very easy going post Vatican II version. I did not understand why it had to change. What I like about Islam and one of the reasons I converted to Islam is that it has been consistent since the beginning, it hasn’t changed and never will, although humans by their nature will try and change it. I wish you all the best, Louise

    • Hi Louise, thanks for the comment – I’d love to meet up with you if that would be ok with you?! I am in Dublin. If you are interested I will try to send you a direct message and we could try to organise it. I love the idea of Allah feeding me the wild raspberry!

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