Settling into Ramadan 2023 – London

On the 2nd of Ramadan I was at work. I work part-time at a university.

I try to be quite animated in my teaching style. I will wave my arms around, prefer to stay on my feet, and walk around, as well as vary the tone of my voice.

Of course, I don’t talk all the time, and make sure the students speak more.

I was teaching from 9 am to 3.30 pm and was hoping that everything would be fine.

After midday and half-way through my second class, I started feeling something in my head. Yes, I was beginning to develop a headache.

At the start of Ramadan, many will start feeling withdrawal symptoms of various kinds. I knew what my headache was probably down to; lack of tea!

In these instances, we have nothing else to do but to carry on.

The headache stayed and got worse, but I continued as normal, waving around my arms, and speaking at the top of my voice, and being my enthusiastic self.

In reality though, I probably have it easy. There are people working in more difficult circumstances, and with longer working hours. I can think of construction workers being busy in physical work. I can’t imagine how they must get through the day (but they do!), doctors and nurses working 12 hour shifts, sometimes having to open their fast, or even start it in between the small breaks they have.

And then I remind myself of people who are in suffering as a result of poverty, or even being in war zones. The list could go on.

What unites people, is the sense of purpose Ramadan brings. To worship Allah (the creator of everything), and to place a greater emphasise on spirituality.

I had no headache the following day. I was beginning to settle into Ramadan.