It’s my second day of fasting today and I want to wish all Muslims reading this – Ramadan Mubarak.
For all the non-Muslim readers; Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar in which all Muslims fast – from sunrise to sunset. As Ramadan is one of the five ‘pillars’ of Islam, those, who are physically able are required to fast each day for the entire month. Fasting helps teach Muslims self-discipline, self-restraint and generosity. It reminds them of the harsh reality of some poverty-stricken families around the world, who go through this on a daily basis. During Ramadan, Muslims say prayers from The Holy Book Qur’an and they have to refrain from distractions and negative habits.
I find the initial days of fasting hard, as it takes time getting used to the long hours; currently I’m fasting from 3:10am to 9:30pm. However, in the next few days I’ll try to update you all with an in-depth post on Ramadan. So until then!
Hey hey, I’m back!
Before I say where I have been hiding the past two months I have big news, it is big news for me. After months of waiting my Different Weddings feature as been published! (Go to pg’s 42-44, it’s the two-page spread called ‘Asian Weddings’ and I think the title says it all regarding the content). Another thing that you might notice is that my nickname ‘Naj Bibi’ has been used as the byline, this is due to the fact that everyone at Wedding Scene called me Naj.
So during the past month, I’ve fasted in the month of Ramadan. (Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, in which it is compulsory for all Muslims to fast). I was waking up at 2am in the morning to keep the fast and then it was no eating or drinking for 20 hours (sunrise to sunset). I ws breaking the fast at 9pm at night, it was bloody hard, I tell you. So whilst on hunger strike I also watched the London 2012 Olympics, which I throughly enjoyed and I have to say during those two weeks I really felt proud to be British – which I’m sure many people in the UK did.
An incident with a particular dentist re-ignited my dental phobia; well, long story short back in 2010 I had a root canal done and suffice to say the procedure was unsuccessful. Two weeks ago (thankfully I had finished fasting) a infection set in and another visit to the dentist was called. I don’t want to bore you with the details but the tooth in question has now been extracted, so thanks for nothing lady dentist! Not to mention the money I wasted.
Change of subject is needed, I think I am going to end up drifting off if I don’t stop now. I am beginning my final year of my degree in approx two weeks and to be honest I am not looking forward to it. Deadlines, pressure, stress and assignments will again take over my life. *sigh*
I have added a new page on my portfolio of work, it’s not much but you can all check it out. I know my dentist trip was turning into a rant but just wanted to get it off my chest. It must have happened to many people, whom have trusted dentists with their teeth and been let down. So if anyone has had some sort incident happened to them at their dentists, do let me know!