June 23, 2014
Start: 1:35 AM
End: 2:27 AM
It’s morning already and as usual I am stuck in this iPad surfing the net. I was watching some of the video vlogs of my favorite Youtubers and realized that it’s almost Ramadhan. Ramadhan always gives me this kind of excitement that I don’t really understand. It’s a very nice kind of feeling. I guess it’s the same with the Christians saying “naaamoy kuna ang simoy ng pasko”. Some people think of Ramadhan as plainly just fasting. Such as not eating for 14 hours and eating all the delicious and extravagant foods when we break our fast. Well partly, that is true, but our Ramadhan is not just about fasting and eating. This is our Holy month, this is our time of salvation and celebration.
" During the blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs during the daylight hours. As a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self-sacrifice, Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking.
Muslims are called upon to use this month to re-evaluate their lives in light of Islamic guidance. We are to make peace with those who have wronged us, strengthen ties with family and friends, do away with bad habits — essentially to clean up our lives, our thoughts, and our feelings. The Arabic word for “fasting” (sawm) literally means “to refrain” - and it means not only refraining from food and drink, but from evil actions, thoughts, and words.
During Ramadan, every part of the body must be restrained. The tongue must be restrained from backbiting and gossip. The eyes must restrain themselves from looking at unlawful things. The hand must not touch or take anything that does not belong to it. The ears must refrain from listening to idle talk or obscene words. The feet must refrain from going to sinful places. In such a way, every part of the body observes the fast.
Therefore, fasting is not merely physical, but is rather the total commitment of the person’s body and soul to the spirit of the fast. Ramadan is a time to practice self-restraint; a time to cleanse the body and soul from impurities and re-focus one’s self on the worship of God.” (From islam.org.com)
I am writing a blog about Ramdhan because I am feeling this feeling again, it is soo overwhelming that I cannot help myself but to write about it. It feels soo good to remember that you will pray most of the time and that you will wake up super early in the morning to eat. I do ‘t know why it feels so good to be excited about it when in fact it is hard. It’s hard to wake up early just to eat even if you are not even hungry at all and there is soo much struggle to complete the prayers of tahajud and tarawe but still, this feeling of excited-ness is overwhelming and I always, ALWAYS feel this everytime the Ramadhan is approaching. Ramdhan comes too fast. It’s the fastest month of the year in every year of my life and I always lost track of the time.
POINTS TO PONDER
Please let us not be too judgmental about others, lots of us are not practiced in wearing the proper hijab but still we must do our best to wear it properly “for the sake of Allah” only, not for the expectation of others. I know that some will have side comments like “purkit ramdhan mag hi-hijab” but that is expected. We should anticipate that. Even your close friends and best friends will also think of that to you but you can’t take that against them. Think outside of the box. That is just a very small reason for you not to cover up yourself.
Most of all, YOU MUST NOT BE SHY TO PRAY. Soo what if your friends will tease you? Soo what if others will think that its just for a show? Soo what? Your imaan/niyyat this Ramadhan is what matters most, and believe me, those who will side comment will only do it for a day or two and will ask tawbat afterwards for thinking that way. This is about our personal struggle. People will have side comments same as you but in the end, your imaan will matter the most.
These are all reminders to myself as well. I will also receive some side comments but it’s fine because I know that we are all in this together ;)
I have some resolutions or to do and bare in mind this Ramadhan that I’d like to share to you and I hope that you will find some that you might also want to do.
1. Understand the true meaning of Ramadhan
2. Check your imaan and niyaat and be firm with it
3. Be ready for the side comments and remember that it is okey and it is normal for humans. You do that too remember? It will pass. People will forget and will totally ask for tawbat
4. Always niyat before you sleep that you will going to wake up and fast for the sake of Allah tomorrow
5. Never miss any prayers. As in Never. Do all the means to pray on time. If you can’t then the least you can do is pray very late. Never let shallow reasons and “shyness” hinder you. Remember that it’s a Shaitan.
6. Remember that this is all for your Creator, the ALMIGHTY ALLAH who never loses time, patience and hope for you. He knows your imaan.
7. Do your very best to complete the Tarawe and Tahajud. I have read somewhere saying that “if only people knows the importance of tarawe then they will crawl to the Masjid even if they can’t walk”
8. Avoid girl talks. Avoid talking about others. Detach yourself from your friends who gossips. If you have backbiter friends then it’s better for you to leave them if you can’t change them. Remember that it is better to lose a friend than to have a friend that will push you to naraqah.
9. Aim to finish the Qur’an this Ramdhan. If you don’t know how to read then use your free time and use it to listen to the Qur’an
10. Stay away from social networking. Update your status for some reasonable and helpful reasons.
11. Lessen your time on the television
12. Read the Qur’an if you are bored.
13. Always bring a pasbi
14. Remember that this is just a month and it is not too long it is actually very short
15. Always remember that this could be your last Ramdhan in your life here in Dunya.
Wow! You made it until the end of this blog. Thank youuuu for reading. I know I am not capable of doing taalims but I hope that this Ramadhan 101 of mine has somewhat given you enlightenment and confidence to pursue what you want to do this Holy month. Just always remember that it is your Niyaat that will matter and our Almighty Allah is the only one who knows what’s in your heart.
Allah Bless you and Happy Happy Ramadhan to you and your family!