Ramadan Reflections-Day 1
I decided to have a reflection about each day in Ramadan. It helps to write and reflect about everything, this will help me learn from my mistakes and cherish the good in life.
Bismillah. First day of Ramadan is already gone. The much anticipated month is here! When I was younger, I used to cry and would never be able to fast. I actually never knew what Ramadan was all about, if anything-my older brother and I thought it was a time where our parents would wake up in the middle of the night and have secret meetings and eat. Fasting used to be the hardest thing for me, but hamdulillah after understanding it more as I got older it came with ease. We should make sure that Ramadan isn’t just a time of starving our bodies. One of the main reasons I love Ramadan is the fact that I get to see everyone from my community come together<3 I really hate it when people say “Ramadan Muslims” or “Part time Muslims.” The truth is we all have our flaws, unless if you go to the masjid 5 times a day, perform Qiyaam throughout the year in the masjid, then I would like to ask you to please stop calling individuals this, it really hurts and is just uncalled for. Ramadan started on a Friday this year and what a beautiful Friday it was. Jum’ah had people out the door and praying in the parking lot, in the rain, subhanAllah. We started off on a Friday and it was raining, Allah literally showered us with His blessings. The days are long, but that just leaves more time for us to do good. The khateeb reminded us yesterday that Allah has locked up the Shaytaan during Ramadan to make it easier for us to do good. In Ramadan it is easier for us to do good, it’s easier for us to be in remembrance of Allah and to be inclined to do good. It’s easier to pick up the Qur’an and start reading continuously. It’s easier to pick up a book about the deen instead of reading a best selling novel. Most importantly, we feel a pull towards the masjid. Taraweeh is my favorite part of Ramadan, being the company of good simply fills your heart with a special joy that is indescribable. All the pain I’ve ever felt, all the sadness I’ve ever witnessed gets washed away as I hear the beautiful recitation of the Qur’an. The first day of Ramdan was actually a really hard day for me being hit with bad news, one right after another. My patience truly was tested, but hamdulillah, Allah is witht the broken hearted, and that makes things so much easier. Seeing familiar faces from the community brings happiness and joy. Seeing everyone squished to the point where I need my inhaler is something I wouldn’t trade no matter how uncomfortable it may be. A friend of mine even mentioned last night; ‘this is like a tradition, seeing each other each night for Salah.’ Yes it is, and what a blessing it is to be part of such an amazing tradition. Being in the company of good, being drawn towards the good, being in the house of Allah and feeling your feet swell up and forcing your eyes to be open, subhanAllah I am truly lucky, blessed, and undeserving of all this good that I am surrounded by! One thing we should remember throughout Ramadan, be thankful for everything! Each and every single thing in your life! It is Allah’s mercy that he has allowed us to do good and it is Allah’s generosity that He has chained up the Shaytaan to help us throughout this blessed month. A hadith that has helped me to stay focused in Ramadan, and actually throughout the year, is:
“Your love of something can blind and deafen [you].”
Keep the entire Ummah in your du’as.
O Allah, You are the Forgiver, You love to forgive, so forgive us.
Take care inshaAllah,