Friday, March 05, 2010
The law of the Fast is ordained for those who are sound and healthy; as to those who are ill or debilitated, this law hath never been nor is now applicable.
(Compilations, The Importance of Obligatory Prayer and Fasting)
Today I faced a dilemma. To fast or not to fast. I could tell that I was coming down with something but I could not bring myself to eat or drink. I know this is not in the spirit of the Fast but I have always found it difficult to abstain from fasting just because I'm not feeling well. Even when I have caved in and quietly had a bit of food or water in private, the guilt is very real. I'm curious how others have dealt with this issue.
Mental tests continue, but overall I felt better today. I had moments where a true smile appeared on my face. I started the day with good ol' oatmeal and broke the fast with chicken, couscous, broccoli and a slice of apple pie. The apple pie was a true indulgence as I've been trying to loose a few pounds. Hopefully it won't do too much damage to my waistline!
My spouse has instructed me to lay down for a bit. Perhaps this is good counsel. More tomorrow.
How goes the Fast for others?