You know, ‘Ramadan’ is just around the corner!! And it is about time that we get ready and start preparing our bodies and minds, if we desire a remarkable and blessed Ramadan. I know I do.
There was a time, when I was naive and missed many chances to take full benefit of this blessed month. It saddens me to remember those days. Though, I am still clueless about a lot of stuff. But at least now I am on the path, so, I guess I will get there some day, InshaAllah.
We, Muslims, should not think of Ramadan as a burden, because it is the best time of the year for us. You know why? Well, because Ramadan is like a prized chance given to us by Allah, a chance to purify our bodies, minds and souls, to strengthen our faith and beliefs, to rebuilt and wash the filth off ourselves. In similar words, it is a chance for us to change ourselves for the better.
Ramadan is coming! When we say this, we usually mean, the month of fasting is here. But is that what Ramadan is all about? No doubt, fasting is a significant part of this time of year and also one of our religious duties, but, it doesn’t end here.
Many of you probably know all this, but reminder is always good. Right? Fasting is only 1% about not eating and drinking while 99% is about bringing your heart and soul closer to Allah. If you are going to carry on with your old, regular routine like not giving time to your prayers, not reciting Quran, sleeping all day, using foul and bad language, gossiping, being angry, wasting time in worthless activities that do not benefit you in strengthening of your faith and stuff like that; you know, you are not really performing your religious duty. You are just starving yourself. And Ramadan is not about starving yourself or going on a diet; it is about indulging yourself in your faith (imaan) and making the most of it.
Fasting is an essential requirement needed to cleanse our body, soul and mind. Some of the benefits that we can get through fasting are:
A chance to create a deep connection with Allah.
Learn about patience and self-control.
Learn to strain ourselves from gossiping, backbiting, fighting, harming and indulging ourselves in any devilish activities.
A chance to reflect and improve oneself for the better.
The devil is going to be locked away for Ramadan, and then, it will be just us. I believe there is still good in us, so let’s aim to have a better Ramadan this year than the last one. Let’s aim and work towards it.
May Allah make this Ramadan, a turning point in our lives and accept all our prayers and worships in His path.
Isn’t it funny how the society says, “Do not judge a book by its cover.” But then it turns and go about judging the girls/women in cover.
What’s wrong with this, if a lady covers herself with a decent dressing or a dupatta or a scarf or hijabs and gowns or niqab? Huh?
Our religion, Islam, has a dress code for females.
And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their khimār over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women (friends), or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments.
(Surah An-Nur [24:31])
Even with this knowledge, our people are so naive, so judgemental. Some are like, “Why she covers herself? Does she have something to hide?” While some go by, “When you have no flaw, why cover? Why not show your beauty to the world?”
I have a question for all those people,“Have you seen that food which is placed uncovered? All the flies, dirt, germs and numerous other filthy things find an opening to it. Will you take a bite/sip knowing it has been exposed to the filthiness? Not without a doubt. Eventually, you throw it away. What a waste! But think, if you would have covered it, not because it has some flaw but to protect it from all that filthiness, would that have been better?
Similarly, a female covers herself, not because she has a flaw to hide but because it is her IDENTITY! She is protecting herself from every random/filthy eye to sit on her. She is displaying her faith instead of her body. Just tell me what is wrong with that?”
If a woman is free to show her body then why is she judged when she chooses to cover it?
I agree there are some who uses the ‘covering‘ for ‘hiding‘ purposes but who are you to judge? Are you perfect? I know you are not. Because we are humans and we are not suppose to be perfect. But one should always keep trying to be close to it. That’s why if someone decides to edge towards being better, don’t create hurdles in their path instead be appreciative. May Allah have mercy upon you and all of us. (Ameen)
Classy is when a woman has everything to flaunt but chooses not to show it.
May Allah help all of us to make ourselves a better person than we were yesterday. (Ameen)
You can be the ripest, yellowest and juiciest mango on earth and still there will be someone who hates mangoes.
So, stop trying to please everybody. Do your best, have faith in yourself and then let it be. There will be people who will clap for you, there will be some who will stand against you, there may be few who will throw stones at you but you should not give up.
This is Life. Sometime you feel, you can’t take it anymore and this is the end. Sometimes you feel, there is a lot out there somewhere, you just haven’t find it yet. Sometimes you stand up to the world and shout, ” Try Me.” This is Life.
This is what I come to, every time:There will be times, when you will completely lose all the hope, there will be times when you will be doubtful and there will be times when you will be standing stronger than anything…Just never lose faith in yourself. You are capable of so much more…