06/17/2015 05:35 EDT | Updated 05/18/2018 15:21 EDT

16 Universal Struggles Of Muslims Who Fast During Ramadan

Please forgive your Muslim friends if they fall asleep in the middle of a conversation this month.

Editor's note: This post was originally published in 2015. In 2018, Ramadan runs from May 16 to June 15. Ramadan Mubarak.

Ramadan begins June 18, and Muslims are all like:

Muslims around the world look forward to the month of Ramadan, when they fast daily from sunrise to sunset, give to charity and attend nightly prayers.

But whether it's containing hanger (yes, that's hunger + anger) or simply staying awake, there are undoubtedly some common struggles those who fast can agree upon.

1. It all begins with the yearly struggle of looking for a new moon, which signals the start of Ramadan

It's harder than you think.

2. Waking up at 3 a.m. to eat breakfast*

*Drinking of tears may also occur.

3. When Ramadan happens in the summer, when there's more daylight, making fasts extra long

4. Finding unembarrassing ways to explain why you're not fasting when you're a girl

Tip: Never ask a girl that.

5. Hanger. All. The. Time.

6. Listening to someone tell you about the delicious food they've been eating

7. Thinking you'll use Ramadan to reach your goal weight

When what actually happens is:

8. Passing by your favourite restaurant


9. Free lunch at work and your co-workers are like:

10. No water. No gum.


It's only natural...right?

11. When someone asks you how much more time there is until sunset


12. The final countdown at the dinner table


Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.

13. Things get nasty when you get to the dinner table before the food does

Basically happens every day.

14. Containing your joy when you finally get to do this

15. The horror that is navigating the crowds at nightly Taraweeh prayer

...Mom? Mommy? ...Daddy?

16. Encountering aunties that are only at the mosque for one reason


Beta, you're still single?

All jokes aside, Ramadan is one of the best times of the year, because nothing beats the peace Muslims feel when reconnecting to their spirituality.

Ramadan Mubarak and happy fasting!


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