Ramadan comes every year. The month of fasting (sawm), is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, and it is when Muslims refrain from eating and drinking from dawn to sunset.  The BBC have some helpful information for anyone who wishes to learn more about Ramadan, here

Despite Ramadan being nearly over, I thought it might be helpful for non-Muslims who are curious about fasting, to learn more about how some Muslims at Near Neighbours are finding Ramadan this year!

So I asked Rabiyah (Birmingham Coordinator), and Ali (Grants Coordinator) what motivates them and what they find challenging during Ramadan.


  • What do you think is the most common misconception of Ramadan?

Rabiyah: That we can drink fluids.





  • What inspires you during Ramadan?

Rabiyah: Reading and understanding the Quran better, is recommended and from it comes forth inspiration to become a better person each year.  This is achieved through taking time out for reflection and spiritual growth. 

Ali: That we can go without food and drink during daylight, which are what we would usually consider essentials, gives me inspiration to cut out the superficialities in life.



  • What do you feel is your biggest challenge during Ramadan?

Rabiyah: Getting up to eat during Suhoor (pre-dawn meal), so I tend to veer toward staying up until after dawn breaks and then getting a block of sleep in.

Ali: I usually like to keep busy most of the time, which can be challenging during Ramadan, so I’m having to slow down more and take extra time to reflect on things.



  • What are you learning from Ramadan so far?

Rabiyah: This year I started reading a helpful book which teaches lessons for those who fast. It’s been great to read and reflect on Ramadan.

Ali: That hunger is a passing phase.


I want to thank Rabiyah and Ali for answering my questions. I hope some people found this blog post little helpful!