American Ramadan Day Three: 29 Days of Fasting, Jesus and New Year

I cheated today on three sips of water. I couldn’t talk with my mouth and throat that dry.Although, I’m starting to get used to the time schedule of eating and the strange physical effects of fasting, like your tongue turning white, things are still tough. My husband tells me that  when he went to school in Saudi Arabia they would tease you and call you a cheater if your tongue was pink. (They also started fasting in second grade.)  And I still have a strange heat and burning sensation in my chest and throat in the late afternoon. Sometimes my chest feels too tight, but that could also be because my new bra kind of pinches in weird places. Today was a challenge for me. I started school and this semester will lecture for four hours a day, three days a week (without water for the first few weeks). Can I drink? Yes, if I feel on the verge of passing out. And Muslims who are suffering with illness, who are pregnant, on medication or traveling are also allowed to drink and eat.Your health does matter. But feeling a little parched or really wanting that cappuccino at 4 p.m. is not a reason to break fast. It’s supposed to be a struggle. Lots of Muslims must function in their daily jobs without water or food. Today, I fought hard but the dryness made it almost impossible to speak and the pain in my chest is very uncomfortable even now. At least I didn't pass out on the first day in a sad pile of chalk dust and dry erase markers. 


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