The most awaited time of year, the big one...is finally here..well it's already been here for about 23days, but you get the drift.. Its Ramadan! <3
To be completely honest, I like ramadan but I am pretty scared of it too ;) Not eating isn't a big deal for me, but this year its proving to be very difficult at times, but surprisingly easy at times aswell! Weird, right?! Well if your like me, you'll realise that ramadan is everyone's epiphany moment, which is alhamdulilah good! But we shouldn't wait for ramadan to make the CHANGE, it should be a step towards progress throughout the year although, maybe, perhaps, it's easier to make more bigger changes IN ramadan, it's not THE ONLY TIME. I am aware some people choose to make ramadan their change-a-year. Which isn't ..good.. Really folks, to change once in the year then go back to your old habits straight after is not the point of ramadan! I mean i am not disregarding the fact that it is hard to keep the changes what with everyone else doing the same thing + its not as easy cause' you don't have the holy feeling. We need to keep the faith alive! Don't let ramadan be your one-hit-wonder! Make it a -change-forever InshaAllah! I mean if it were that you changed in ramadan and alhamdulilah kept it that way that's different! That's abso-fab-lutely Great!
There's so much goodness in ramadan, not just the opportunity to change but also the opportunity to gain more or bigger reward. You know pretty much this WHOLE ramadan has been thee most hottest ramadan EVEER! It's like wow! Allah really wants to test us, Alhamdulilah! And InshaAllah we all have been keeping it up and fasting! I was in the car one time during the hot day, and I was thinking about how Abu Bakr (RA) and Aisha (RA) used to like fasting in the heat:
“…And from the acts of worship whose reward is multiplied during the heat is fasting, and this is because of the thirst that one experiences in the mid-day heat.
This is why Mu’adh bin Jabal expressed regret on his deathbed that he would no longer experience this mid-day thirst, as did other early Muslims.And it was related that Abu Bakr would fast in the summer and not fast in the winter, and ‘Umar advised his son ‘Abdullah on his deathbed: “Try to obtain the characteristics of faith,” and the first one he mentioned was fasting in the intense summer heat.And al-Qasim bin Muhammad said that ‘A’ishah would fast in the intense heat, and he was asked: “What drove her to do this?” He replied: “She would take advantage of the days before death.” And some of the righteous women would choose the hottest days and fast them, saying: “If the price is low, everyone will buy,” meaning that she wanted to do those actions that only a few were capable of due to how hard it was to do them, and this is indicative of the high aspirations these women had.
SubhanAllah! Look at that! Allah gave us the oppurtunity to gain MORE reward! Wow, that's amazing. Some of us may have seen it as ' OMG why is it so hot?! And WE HAVE TO FAST' But come on sisters, its not why or have, it' ALHAMDULILAH! We are blessed with so much and we should take advantage of it rather than complain! This is reminder to myself first, then to anyone else reading :)
Fasting is a pillar of Islam. It's hard but it's also really beneficial, it reminds us to be
1) Grateful for what we have
2) To realise the worth of food
3) To bring us closer to Allah (SWT)
4) And strengthen our faith
WOW, FIVE ultimate cool reasons to fast! Not only in ramadan but as optional fasts aswell. Stuck on what optional fasts mean? By optional I mean the sunnah fasts, the fasts our beloved prophet (SAW) used to keep, that are not obligatory. These are mon & thursdays. The 13,14,15 of the islamic month. By Islamic month I mean the months in our islamic calendar, google it and take down the 13,14,15 of each islamic month and insert into your normal calender!
The six days of shawwal (The day after the first Eid- the 6 days begin)
The first ten days of dhul hijjah
Arafah day (those who do not go hajj)
Muharram (9th day + 10th day)
Some days of Sha'baan
- You can research these days on google to find out exact dates for your calendar! I highly suggest you try your best to do atleast some of them! It's so easy to do it, because its not a whole month! Only a couple of days! InshaAllah you get alot of reward, there are hadiths regarding these days, so inshAllah check it out if you want evidence. I don't have alot of time right now, so please excuse me not putting the hadiths up here :)
P.S SORRY ITS BEEN SO LONG! I've been busy! :)