Are you serious? Shut up! Seriously? No, shut up!
OMG you’re right. Saturday is the last day of Sha’ban, which means Sunday is the first day of Ramadan! That’s so… amazing!
Wow… I can’t believe how fast it snuck up on me this year. I guess when you’re really looking forward to something you kind of forget about it and don’t notice how it’s time for it already again. Honestly, I keep forgetting about how the Islamic calendar is shorter than the kufarian calendar, so every year when Ramadan ends, it’s already only 10 months away.
Which is awesome, don’t get me wrong. SubhanAllah, Ramadan is the most beautiful time out of the whole year for sure. There’s just something magical about depriving your body of food, water, and toothpaste for 2/3 of every day, and then after you’ve exhausted yourself, just getting that release of eating, drinking, and brushing your teeth. What could possibly be more beautiful than this?
What’s most amazing is the feeling of togetherness and community we develop during Ramadan, as a result of this hardship we impose on ourselves. And this Ramadan will be especially amazing because the days are 18% longer as they occur during summer, which means this Ramadan is 18% more blessed than those that occur during wintertime.
Even more amazing- that’s right, even more amazing– is the feeling of importance we get from telling ourselves we are helping the poor by temporarily simulating conditions of deprivations that many people experience in real life 365 days a year. Last year in fact, I had a poor person come up to me and tell me:
“Miss, I have been living on the street and eating in soup kitchens since since I got disabled 8 years ago… and the one thing that keeps me going is when all the Muslims fast for Ramadan.
Honestly, the rest of the year, it feels like nobody gets me. But every year when Ramadan starts, I feel uplifted, because that’s when I know that even though my own situation is still the same, at least millions and millions of Muslims are depriving themselves of food so they can feel like I feel every day for a little while themselves.
It just means so much to me that Muslims would go to all that trouble so they can experience the humility of poverty even when they’re not actually poor, and bond with each other over their self-imposed hardship. I can’t thank them enough.”
And you know what, that just reminded me of how we need to be grateful every day that Allah (swt) did not make me have the circumstances that He made for that other person. It reminds me that He tests us all in different ways, even though the main thing Allah (swt) cares about is that we believe in Him and in the message of the Prophet (saws), and if we don’t then we will go to Hellfire.
SubhanAllah, Allah (swt) is so merciful and logical, and He has given us Ramadan to purify ourselves so we can save ourselves from the terrible things He will do to us if we do not behave properly or believe the correct things.
This year, I will plan to make it an even better Ramadan. I will, insha’Allah, spend even more time learning about the life of the Prophet, (saws), so I can learn how to be a better human being. I will make even more du’as and try to maximize my sawab to du’a ratio to get maximum benefit in the afterlife. It is the best month to pray to Allah (swt) for him to shower us with His blessings. Make it rain, Y’Allah, make it rain.
Ramadan is a time to reflect on how we really spend so little time learning what Allah (swt) has ordained for us. Every day we spend so much time on other things. Everything else seems so important, our jobs, our children, taking care of the house. If our neighbor calls us for an iftar, right away we answer and say if we are coming or not. But every day Allah (swt) is calling us to read His book and do we answer Him? No, we put Allah (swt) last on our list. How shameful is this, when Allah (swt) has given us everything and been so kind to us?
Truly, Ramadan is a time for us to become even more focused on the Qur’an and the life of the Prophet (saws), because we do not focus on these things enough for the rest of the year.
It is a time for us to become even more reflective on our religion, and to obsess about our shortcomings in the eyes of Allah and those of our families. It is a time when the more pious members of each of our families get to lecture the rest of us about how even the slightest gap in enthusiasm towards Ramadan is an unmistakable sign of our ingratitude towards Allah (swt) for everything decent in our lives.
Seriously, how beautiful is Ramadan? How can anyone not love Ramadan?
It starts this Sunday right? OK, just reconfirming. I’m super excited.