Fasting During Ramadan Isn't Self-Harm, It's Self-Reflection

Fasting During Ramadan Isn't Self-Harm, It's Self-Reflection

Be grateful for what you have and illuminate positivity amongst everyone around you with an open mind.
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“You’re telling me you fast for 30 days with no food?”

“Technically, but we can still eat after sunset and before sunri—”

“How do you fast without water??????”

It is currently the beautiful month of Ramadan for the Muslim community. Within this time, we fast for 30 days consecutively with no food and no water. However, don't be alarmed, we break our fasts at sunset and can eat until the sunrise (I don't think anyone would survive 30 days with no food or water).

I allowed a parched mouth and empty stomach to mask the true meaning of fasting. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized, this is the cruel and inevitable lives of many. There are many individuals who undergo this "fast" unwillingly due to the lack of basic necessities. In the back of our minds, we push ourselves to reach that specific hour of sunset knowing that Iftar, or our sunset meal, is being prepared for us by family and friends. But, many are not as fortunate to have a meal awaiting them whenever they please. As an act of gratitude, my family and I aid another family in need during this month and provide them with meals, clothes, and shelter. Although this act of kindness is only a fraction of support for a larger problem, it is so valuable knowing that I am making someone's Ramadan wholesome just like mine.

These thirty days of Ramadan are defined by self-reflection, forgiveness, and compassion. Some may view this no food and no water fast as unnecessary suffrage and self-harm, but there is a very strong message when adapting to these 30 days. Fasting has allowed me to realize, that the things that we are sitting and taking for granted down to our food and water, are things that people are praying for constantly. It is so important to value the things you have instead of lusting for more.

I am thankful I have come across one of many self-realized lessons: Be grateful for what you have and illuminate positivity amongst everyone around you with an open mind.

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1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

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If You Post These 16 Things On Social Media, Can You Just Not?

The rest of the world doesn't care, I'm sorry.

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Honestly, we all have that one friend that posts every single detail of their life on social media. Whether it's good, bad, ugly or even straight up disgusting. To be honest we've all done it, but it needs to stop at some point, I'm saying if you're no longer a teenager yo need to cut the sh*t. Not every little thing needs to be shared with the world. So let me help you out, here's 16 things you should absolutely never post on your social media pages, and if you already do, please do everyone a favor and STOP!!

1. Your sex life...in detail and in general.

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Honestly I don't care how many times you and your significant other had sex last night, or where you did it. Thanks but no f******* thanks.

2. Anything about your bodily fluids.

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Seriously no one cares how much you puked or about your heavy flow.

3. Pictures of you attacking your baes face.

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We're not 12 so we all know what goes on in a relationship.

4. Pictures of you in bed with your bae.

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Once again we know what you just did, you don't need to show us.

5. A pregnancy the second you find out about it.

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Congratulations, but make it out of the "safe zone" first. But super happy for you.

6. Screenshots of your beef with somebody.

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You're making it worse for yourself and making yourself look dumb. Nobody thinks immaturity is funny anymore.

7. Screenshots of you and your baes conversations.

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Cool, they said something sweet to you. Wow, guess what, I get messages like that too but I don't post it.

8. Duplicates of the same pictures over and over.

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Cool, you wanna share it again a while after you post it, fine. You want to share it 50+ times in a month and a half, NO!!

9. Details about your "special" events.

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Okay so get this, Iowkey crashed a wedding with my mom because we saw every single detail about it online. ARE YOU KIDDING ME. Mind you we didn't lowkey crash it once, but we did it twice, and I have picture proof of it too...and no one even saw us.

10. You complaining about the same thing over and over again.

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It isn't going to bring awareness to anything. Example me quitting my job and letting everyone know about the crazy sh*t that goes in that store, there was a reason but if there isn't a reason, DON"T POST IT. Okay McDonald's forgot your ranch dressing once out the 359782358 times you been there....,did you die though?!

11. Speaking of work, we don't care when or how long your shifts are.

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Go to work, clock in, do your job and then clock out.

12. Anything racist, sexist...actually anything considered bullying.

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This might be consider bullying to some people but I'm doing this with good intentions, not to make somebody feel like crap on purpose.

13. Political rants/opinions that are just going to cause drama.

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If you can agree to disagree and not come at the person you don't like a mature way, STOP. Also, if you aren't registered to vote, I don't want to hear it, your opinion doesn't matter since you didn't act on it.

14. Your location 25/8.

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Why does everyone always need to know exactly where you are? We aren't your mom. Post about it alter.

15. People, especially children and babies, or animals being physically abused.

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Spreading violence isn't okay at all.

16. A picture or video of any person or animal that is no longer living.

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My friend was telling me about a person that he knew who made a public post of a baby that she lost pre-mature, she dressed her up and everything. Very sad to see and my heart goes out to her but why? (and this wasn't a post with a longer story behind it either, it just said the baby name and how much she weighed.)

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