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Seven-year-old boy completes Ramadan fast

Ahmad never once complained of hunger or thirst

  • By Noor Nazzal, Special to Gulf Nerws
  • Published: 18:33 August 18, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Arshad Ali/Gulf News
  • Seven-year-old Ahmad made good his resolve to complete the entire 30-day fasting period.

Ajman: A seven-year-old Indian expatriate Ahmad Madani has surprised his parents and friends by fasting the whole of Ramadan.

Mahmoud Madani, the boy’s father, told Gulf News that Ahmad was influenced by his elder sisters Humera. 9 and Ameena, 11 who have been fasting for the last three years.

Last year, Ahmad attempted to fast during Ramadan, but was stopped by his mother on the fifth day because she feared for his health.

This Ramadan, however, Ahmad insisted that he would fast the whole month.

At first, his family was sceptical about whether he would complete the entire 30 days. “We initially thought that he would break his fast after the first few days,” Ahmad’s father said.

“We kept telling him that he is young, and that he could eat and drink whenever he felt hungry or tired, but he never did.”

Ahmad’s mother stated that Ahmad went about his daily routine, playing and running around with his sisters without complaining.

“On normal days, Ahmad like any seven-year-old would ask for food every other hour, so I was surprised that he never complained from hunger or thirst,” his mother adds.

This made Ahmad’s father suspicious about whether he was secretly breaking his fast. However after watching him closely they were pleasantly surprised to know that he was, in fact, fasting religiously. Ahmad’s mother added that he would insist on waking up for suhoor.

When Gulf News asked Ahmad about his experience, he said: “I enjoyed fasting with my sisters and I pray to Allah that I will be able to fast next year as well.”

The family has planned to throw a party for Ahmad.


Noor Nazzal is an intern with Gulf News.

Comments (8)

  1. Added 15:20 August 19, 2012

    It would be nice if the parents inculcated into the children some lessons in religious tolerance also, along with religious lessons. They should be taught to respect and accept other beliefs also. After all,there are hundreds, if not thousands, of religious faiths in this world and mostly a man's adherence to any one of them is an accident, like parentage, nationality etc. Very rarely people choose a religion out of conviction. Hence let people believe in any religion of their choice, but love each other and believe in the one and only God !

    Mathew Philip, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 14:12 August 19, 2012

    I would like to inform that my son aged 5 yrs and 10 months was fasting the entire 30 days and never missed his tharavi prayers and on the 27 night of fasting he had even attended Qiam ul lail prayers held at ETA - D block building, Dubai His name is REHAN AHMED FIAZ.

    Fiaz, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 13:33 August 19, 2012

    Masha Allah Masha Allah Masha Allah Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar

    Thoufeeq, dubai, India

  4. Added 12:27 August 19, 2012

    MashaAllah your son has been guided by Allah (SWT) helping him to finish the whole month of Ramadan.I hope that my daughter 6 yrs. now will do the same next year to prepare them in the future to fast.

    Dra.Fatimah Libid, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 12:01 August 19, 2012

    I'm not against it but I strongly believe that younger kids need their complete nourishment for their growth to fully develop. They are kids, most of them normally don't want to eat.....

    Maria, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 11:22 August 19, 2012

    Al Hamdhulillah. My seven year old Son fasted the whole of Ramadan, prayed all the five prayer with Jamaath, prayed Thahajudh (used to be 90 mins. duration), recites quran and memorised the last 29 surahs of the quran. Allah (swt) gives the power and capability. It is the duty of the parent of every child to educate them and make them understand about the vlaues.

    Mohamad Gani, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 11:15 August 19, 2012

    There's no competition going on brother, its just that I feel people should encourage this kind of efforts done by such small kid, which i am sure have we not done in our lives at this age, God bless your daughter.

    Salman, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 10:40 August 19, 2012

    My daughter (6 years) completed ramadan without a complaint at all

    Jamil, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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