"Mommy, don't forget to wake me up for sahur!"
That's what I get every night from my youngest (5 this November) before he goes to bed. The first time he said it, this is what I asked him, "Do you know what sahur is ?"
I smiled, "then how come you want to wake up for sahur?"
He stood quiet for a moment, deep in thought. "What's sahur, mommy?"
"Oh, you get up very early in the morning and eat so that you can puasa the next day." I paused. He still looked lost. "Do you know what puasa is?"
"No, what's puasa?"
That put a bigger smile on my face. "Puasa is to not eat, drink, quarrel or be unkind to others from the moment you wake up until it gets dark, about 7.30pm."
I let the information register in his little head but all he said in a small voice was, "Oh..."
"I don't want to puasa then..."
So I explained to him that he can slowly try fasting, a day at a time, an hour at a time. But ever since, he has yet to last until noon. The earliest was 9.00 am, the latest was 10.30am.
Ergo, what do I do when he shouts, "Mommy, don't forget to wake me up for sahur!"??
"We'll see, Didean... we'll see..."