Ramadan // Expectation Vs Reality

Hey girl hey. And boy.

Ramadan is just around the corner (literally in a day) and just like many events and occasions, it has its expectations and realities. It’s nothing to do with the month itself but more to do with how unproductive of a potato I am.  😂And just before we begin, I know many of my readers do not celebrate Ramadan, so here is a brief introduction. Ramadan is the ninth and holiest month in the Islamic calendar. In this month, we Muslims fast (not eat or drink) from sunrise to sunset for the sake of Allah (God) and increase our offering of prayers, Quran recitation, good deeds, and charity. The purpose of fasting is to redirect our hearts away from the distractions around us and to cleanse the soul. Ramadan also teaches us self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice and empathy for those who are less fortunate. And yes, you’re probably like “gurl food is bae, how do you survive for 14 hours without it?” 😂 It actually isn’t that hard and even when it is tiring, we’ll get rewarded in the afterlife inshallah which is what matters. Plus, some people go without food and water, except there’s no iftar (feast for breaking the fast) which is really heartbreaking.💔 So yeah, now let’s get started.


 

  1. Decorations

You expect to be on your game this month with DIY lanterns and banners all around your room.  You have a Pinterest-inspired corner in your room just for Quran and prayer and you’re just feeling the vibe. But sadly, one can only dream, and every year you get too lazy to make DIYs and your room remains the same mess every year. But hey, at least there’s that one lantern sitting on the coffee table. 😂

نتيجة بحث الصور عن ‪ramadan room tumblr‬‏    Ù†ØªÙŠØ¬Ø© بحث الصور عن ‪unorganized room gif‬‏    expectation                                                  reality (I need that curtain though)

2. Finishing The Quran
So in order to finish the whole Quran in one month, you can read 20 pages a day. Of course, my procrastinating self keeps leaving pages for the day after and eventually my period comes for a full week to interrupt my progress (you can’t fast, pray or read Quran on your period – tmi but we’re all girls…oh wait I say ‘and boy’ too…dun dun duu- ANYWAYS 😂😂) but next thing I know there’s 5 more days until Ramadan is over and I’m only 100 pages in. But no, this year I won’t organise it like a chore. I’ll read as much as I can every day and inshallah I complete it. Hopefully, this month doesn’t turn into the reality of past years. 😂
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3. Productivity
Ramadan is the month where you find out if it was Satan’s thoughts in your head or if it was just you all along. Satan along with the major devils are locked up in the month of Ramadan so if you sin or procrastinate, it’s like wow so it was me all along. 😂
Image result for ramadan memesw when you realize it was you and not shaytan
 In Ramadan, I expect my productivity to be on an all-time high but it isn’t always. Not only did I procrastinate on Quran but I left homework until after Iftar because I DiDn’T hAvE mUcH eNeRgY. But NOT this month. The new Bayance is back and ready to be productive. 😂 Ugh I say that every year.
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4. Sharing Food
Ramadan is also a month of family gatherings and being kind to one another but when it comes to breaking the fast, it’s a war zone and I’ve already dibsed the whole platter of sambusa. 😂
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5. Drinking Water For Suhoor
After the first day, you realize how thirsty you can get throughout fasting so you make sure you drink lots of water for Suhoor. (early breakfast) Except…you’re suddenly really full and can barely gulp down 100 mL. And the process repeats. Thirsty throughout the day,  but when there is water, I suddenly don’t want it anymore. “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory” – yes, I had to slip that cheesy quote in here. 😂 But seriously, our bodies are so weird!
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6. Breaking The Fast
Similarly to the last one, you’d expect for me to devour the entire dinner table but in reality, I’m so full after the first bite. I think it’s to do with my stomach getting used to it so I get filled up easily but this one gets me every time. 😂
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7. Losing Weight
A lot of people probably think that since we’re not eating throughout the day, we surely must lose a lot of weight but that’s actually not true. In fact, Ramadan often causes weight gain if you’re not careful. This is because eating large meals super early in the morning and late at night with a long period of low activity can wreck your metabolism. But if you maintain yourself carefully, you’ll be fine. The majority of people lose a few pounds or stay the same but no, we don’t suddenly turn into skeletons – don’t worry. 😂 Wow #sciencelessonswithBayance101 😂
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8. Weather
Unlike other holidays around the world, Ramadan shifts around 10 days early each year. For the past few years, Ramadan has been in the summer and now it’s in the summer AND school. I know it’s still Spring but it was literally so hot and sunny today and hopefully it’s not like that tomorrow. The thing with summer and school combined means that you can’t sleep in and not to mention, be outside for breaks and gym class. It gets hard sometimes but thankfully, Ramadan is starting to shift towards Spring so let’s pray for great weather for the next few years. 😂
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 All in all, it’s a really great month and I’m super excited for a month of blessings and family time (if we don’t fight over my mom’s sambusa 😂) Now as for my posting schedule, I might be posting less which is why I set a goal of 8 posts for May but I’m only 2 away so I’ll probably do more. Expect a few more Ramadan posts and if any of you want to collab on a Ramadan post this month, leave a comment or email me at bayanceblogs@gmail.com. I’ll continue with awards and normal lifestyle posts so I’ll try to schedule as much as possible. Have a very blessed Ramadan to whoever celebrates it and let’s try to aim for them expectations this year. 😂
Do you celebrate Ramadan?
If not, do you relate to some realities in other holidays (productivity, decor…etc)? 
I’ll see you all in my next post.
Bayyy. 💞

45 thoughts on “Ramadan // Expectation Vs Reality

  1. Natalie Therese says:

    Girl, I need that curtain! Ramadan sounds super grueling, you seriously amaze me. AHAHAHA, that ‘man, I’m gonna be so skinny tomorrow’ gif is so me…and then I go and eat Oreos and milk and whoops, there goes my diet! Every year I tell myself I’m going to be prepared for Good Friday ( the Friday before Easter, when Catholics fast, eating only one meal) annnnd then I fail and usually end up yelling at someone for breathing on me or something. Great posy! ~Natalie Therese

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    • Bayance says:

      Ikrrr 😂😂 Gurl your mind dictionary amazes me. I literally had to search up the word ‘grueling’. It can be tiresome but it all pays off in the end. OMGGG LITERALLY SAME 😂😂 I’m like yeah I’m so going to be healthy from now on and then I binge eat Takis like ughh why can’t food not have any consequences?? AHAHAHAH SAME 😂 In Ramadan, we’re supposed to be patient and be our best selves aka not swearing and being kind. But legit everyone tries to test my patience and I’m like bvdshdjgiasgwiuh 😂 You can do itttt tho! Neat commy!

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  2. aysabaw says:

    Your post is funny. I was so ready for fasting, like I prepared few days in advance (like eating very light to eating nothing at all and just having water), and on the first day of fasting, Le Period came before sunset. What a bummer (not a Muslim here, but this is the 2nd Ramadan that I am fasting, though I didn’t complete it last year)

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    • Bayance says:

      😂😂 Haha thanks. Ohh that’s great practise. I do the opposite- binge-eat while I can to get energy. 😂 OMG I hate when that happens. 😂😂 Le bummerr! Ohh do you fast Ramadan for health or are you considering reverting?

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      • aysabaw says:

        Oh no I don’t binge eat afterwards. I only eat during Iftar and then drink water before sunrise. Firstly I fast for health, second I am not reverting but it is one of the 5 pillars if Islam and no harm will happen if I practice it 🤣🤣🤣

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      • Bayance says:

        😂😂 Ohh that’s a good way to maintain your health! That’s cool that you commit to that to take care of yourself ❤ How are you finding it?

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      • aysabaw says:

        Actually its difficult during the first few days but as days go on, I just get used to it and its just like normal. Though I feel my body movements just slow down and I feel sleepy all the time 🤣🤣🤣

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      • Bayance says:

        Yesss same 😂 Today I felt fine in the morning but throughout the day my energy ran out and I started to get headaches. But it’s not too much that I can’t gt through the day thankfully. And just like you said, it does take a couple days to get used to. And once the month is done, I feel weird eating during the day for a couple days afterwards. 😂

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  3. Wamby says:

    I’m already fasting rn and the things here are sooo reletable! The time sahoor comes, I’m in total beast mode….they usually keep me far away from food during Ramadan..

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  4. QueenTeen says:

    You only fast 14 hours??? We have to do it for 19😇. I’m eating breakfast rn whilst reading this cos my period decided to come last night 😒😒, like, seriously?

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    • Bayance says:

      Acc it’s 16 I just picked 14 but wow 19!! LMAO missing out on the Ramadan vibes. 😂 I get mine on the last week this year (tmi but whatevs) like ugh noo the last 10 days are important.

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  5. Kaylyn Grace says:

    Interesting! GURLLLLLL HOW DO YOU NOT STARVE TO DEATH????????? XDDDD I actually have never fasted in my entire life! In my religion, we don’t have to fast unless we want to. I definitely got to know more about Ramadan!

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  6. TheUnknownWiki says:

    Two of my friends celebrate Ramadan and I found it interesting to get to know it a bit more. Even though I don’t celebrate it, some of those productivity and decor expectations and realities are haunting me 😂

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  7. Tara says:

    I love this! I am so guilty of the decorations (or lack thereof) and getting full too fast. I say, we do away with the expectations of Ramadan and just give ourselves smaller tinier goals that are achievable! (And keep a water bottle by our bedsides so we can gulp it down before sehri/suhoor even begins!)

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