Ramadan Challenge: 28/29

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I’m tempted to put a picture right above here ^ but i think this time, i’ll let the words speak for me. I’m generally quite bad at writing. Haha you can probably feel how nervous i am to write this as i’m already putting disclaimer before i even begin. 

To all the readers out there who are currently enjoying ketupats, lemangs and rendangs. Selamat Hari Raya.

My experience

As a few of you know that I’ve recently challenged myself to fast during the month of puasa alongside with my fellow muslim friends. Well, i did not quite make it til the end of the month. 

I failed my challenge two days before Hari Raya. On the 28th day of the Ramadan month, I was offered a situation which I couldn’t refuse. A slice of Tiramisu. Yes, a FRIGGIN slice of Tiramisu and it was ONLY two hours before breaking fast. It was the cause of both my misery and slight joy. Imagine how devastated I felt. The feeling was like halfway through on the final level of Super Mario Bros and then all of the sudden, the Gameboy battery decided to die and you’d never see the princess.

Obviously, I was disappointed at myself that I did not make it to the end of Ramadan month as it was just two days away but i’m still quite proud of myself for taking the initiative to fast and somehow made it to the 28th day. After that, I continued to fast normally for the next two days before Raya. I don’t know if I’m still eligible for them lemangs, rendangs and ketupats. I still haven’t had any of them yet.

I tell you, the last 1-2 hours of fasting day were the hardest. It wasn’t any easier when I had to wander around Ramadan Bazaars for pictures and food. The sight and smell of Ayam Perciks, Murtabaks and etc. made me salivate like Pavlov after a bell ring. However, the amazing thing was the food that I fall prey to did not affect other fellow Ramadan Bazaar shoppers who were there. How did I know? Well, they weren’t constantly licking their lips, swallowing back in their saliva and looking like zombies that just saw a group of fat and juicy warm blooded humans. Such will to resist temptations is definitely something to be admired.

Why did I fast?
The reason I fasted is the same reason why I was reluctant to fast in the first place. I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to resist from drinking and eating. By that, I knew I had to do it. Not being cliché, but I vowed to not let fear scare me from doing something. Rabindranath Tagore, a poet, once said,

“Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it. “
It’s a great quote.

It was my first time fasting. Previously I’ve never gone more than 3 hours without at least some snack or drink. Due to the sudden transition, my body had a hard time adjusting for the first few days. I lied down and played video games just to get by. Few days later, my body is more accustomed to not eating and drinking.

I usually have huge meals for sahur to bulk me up for the rest of the day. They are heavy on fiber and protein. For example, one of the many mornings, I ate 2 slices of toasted wheat bread, a couple of dates, oat meal, an assortment of berries, a handful of walnuts and banana with peanut butter for dessert. Sometimes, i’d go to mamak stalls for a typical Malaysian breakfast for a change. I eat as much during iftar. 


Through fasting i was able to gain insights of Muslims who were fasting as well during Ramadan. I’ve definitely learnt a lot during Ramadan through meeting a lot of great individuals who shared their previous fasting experience with me.
I want to thank everyone for your support throughout Ramadan. Even though i didn’t really completed the challenge it was still a journey to be remembered. I’ll try it out again next year. 

Thank you!
Bryan Yong
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2 thoughts on “Ramadan Challenge: 28/29”

  1. This may be an overdue post but would like to say a big, hearty congratulations to Bryan! Amazing feat!! You definitely put some of the Muslims to shame, since fasting is obligatory upon us as it's one of the 5 pillars of Islam. Myself too, having fasted since I was young and now in my late 20's, still experience the usual headache and needing to adjust in the first few days of Ramadan.

    For us Muslims, fasting is supposed to be more than just holding back the hunger and thirst. It's a period of time for reflection, getting close to our Maker, always in constant remembrance of Him, thanking Him for the gifts and things we take for granted in life daily. So a Muslim's willpower during this month is fueled much by this intense spirituality, which is despite the hunger and weariness, a Muslim is able to carry on with his/her daily routines as usual.

    So seriously, much respect goes to you Bryan, for braving the month of Ramadan the best you could. May Allah grant you hidayah. Keep up the good work at WHQ also~!

  2. Thank you so much for your heartfelt comments. You elevated our spirits and spurred us to continue our vision mission with much vigour and enthusiasm. It's not easy for Bryan, a non-Muslim to pursue this but he did it! We are proud of him, too! Thank you and do continue supporting us. We look forward to seeing you in our events as well! Do email us : worldhalalquest[at]live.com.sg , so that we can meet you, personally. Thank you!

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