“Hangry” is a combined feeling of anger that derives from feelings of hunger. It’s a word that perfectly summarizes what many of us feel when we’re hungry and angry. It’s one of my favourite portmanteaus. A portmanteau is also my new favourite word. Anyway, going back to the point, it’s common to have these feelings. But it’s never okay to let those feelings get the better of you, especially during Ramadan. Acting upon your hanger makes Ramadan harder than it needs to be and also reflects poorly on Muslims. We live in a time when we need to place ourselves in the best position to show non-Muslims the beautiful side of Islam. For those of you who are observing Ramadan, here are some tips to help you avoid hangry feelings.
Remember why you’re fasting
You’re not just fasting because you’re Muslim and that’s what you’re supposed to do. You’re fasting to gain the blessings and rewards that come with this month. There’s a Hadith in which the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) states: “whoever does not give up false speech and acting upon it, Allah has no need of his giving up his food and drink.” Acting upon your anger and frustrations falls well within this idea. The key is to gain better self control and patience so that you can be in the best position to benefit from this blessed month.
Remember that Ramadan is about feeding and not eating
I credit this idea to a dear friend of mine who wrote this statement on her Facebook. It’s absolutely true. Ramadan is a time to get closer to God. In the process, enjoy feeding your soul with the spiritual connectedness you can gain from extra worship and being with your community.
Keep busy with positive activities
It will make the day go by faster. Plus, one of the blessings of Ramadan is that the weight of our good deeds are significantly multiplied. You’ll keep your mind off food as you keep your mind on the rewarding feelings that come from the positive activities. When you intentionally fill your day with positivity, it makes your day a lot better. There are times when negativity is inevitable. The news, people being mean, and so on. But those are all things we can’t control. Sometimes the positive can overshadow how we react to the negative.
Eat a healthy Sahoor
While it may be tempting to get a bit of extra sleep before Fajr prayer, don’t give into it. It’s Sunnah to have Sahoor. Depending on where you are in the world and what time of year it is, you may be facing some long and hot days. It’s important to hydrate yourself properly and eat a healthy Sahoor. Doing so will allow you to feel energized and better able to take on your day. You can use these recipes to help you have an awesome and healthy Sahoor.
Be realistic and listen to yourself
It recently occurred to me that Ramadan is the best time to listen to yourself and the guidance of Allah. Since Shaiytan is locked in chains, you are in a position to be more accountable for yourself. You are also blessed with the opportunity to hear what your heart says and to allow Allah’s guidance to penetrate your heart and actions. In the process, you come to realize how sneaky that little devil really is.
Although we’re supposed to carry on with our days as we normally would, that doesn’t mean we should push ourselves. Certain activities in your day may take longer. Be slow. You can’t expect yourself to do everything exactly the same if you were not fasting. Don’t be hard on yourself if you need some rest. If it helps you to fulfil your purpose of observing Ramadan then it’s worth it. Stoicism will only take you so far.
The month of Ramadan goes by so quickly and you will never know when your last one will be. You will never know how circumstances will change between this Ramadan and the next. The best way to gain the most from it is to enjoy it and feel thankful that another Ramadan has come your way. Being absorbed in your hangry attitude will only make the month harder and less enjoyable. I hope these tips will help you enjoy whatever is left of this Ramadan. Feel free to share the love and share this post!