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19 Moments That Fully Capture What Fasting For Ramadan Is Like

Going through all the 'motions.

If you weren't aware, Muslims all around the world are participating in Ramadan where we fast (and abstain from all vices like smoking and sex) from sunrise to sunset.

I'm lucky enough to live in Australia, where Ramadan is occurring during winter, meaning the days are shorter and the weather is forgiving.

But that doesn't mean I'm immune to the many, many stages we go through on a day of fasting.

1. When the first alarm for Suhoor goes off.

2. And suddenly you've hit snooze five times without realising it.

3. When you get up and eat and drink as much as you can while your dad sips tea and stares on judgmentally.

4. When you're lying peacefully in your warm bed, proud of yourself for successfully stuffing your face, and then realise you forgot to brush your teeth.

5. And then you have to reluctantly drag yourself out of bed to brush your teeth.

6. When you wake up from the best nap of your life and start your day feeling optimistic.

7. When you pour yourself some cereal into a bowl for breakfast but then immediately remember that you're fasting.

8. When you're feeling fine at work until your body realises that it's not actually going to get its usual caffeine hit.

9. When you grab a midday drink from your work fridge...

10. ...and then sadly realise you have to put it back because you can't drink it.

11. When you're over the lunchtime slump and realise, "Hey...I've got this."

12. When a colleague offers you a stick of gum and you almost take it, but then remember you're fasting.

13. And then you subtly check if your breath stinks.

14. When you start scrolling through your timeline and lose yourself in a vortex of food videos.

15. When home time hits and you can finally say goodbye to their colleagues and their incredible smelling coffee.

16. And then you get home, and the minutes go by slower than ever before.

17. When you finally bite into that sweet, sweet date and everything is right with the world.

18. When you realise you've eaten enough to feed a small village and fall straight into a food coma.

19. And when you begin to get ready for bed and remind yourself of what Ramadan is really about.

Ramadan Kareem, friends!

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