I feel like sometimes as we go through our mundane lifestyles, we have a fixed emotion. We have a serious outlook on life and a need to just pursue the next task at hand. Maybe that’s not everyone but I feel sometimes we don’t acknowledge our inner soul and see what it’s been craving. Alhumdulillah for Ramadan because fasting during this month and doing good deeds helps to get in touch with our soul. And lately I’ve felt that we have been lacking in our hope of Allah. The hope that because we are on the right path, that everything will be ok in the end. The hope that Allah wants us to be happy and be true to our nature and our soul. The hope that we are strong enough to overcome any challenge that we face and that we are never alone. Hope allows the soul to gently smile and be at peace. It helps fuel us to be our best selves. It gives us optimism in a sometimes not so positive world. And it can act as a drive for us to do better than we did yesterday. I have hope in us. I have hope in or tomorrow. I have hope in Allah. May Allah give us hope and optimism to navigate this world. May He give us hope and courage to be our best and true selves. May He give us strength to not lose hope when times get tough. Ameen.

Granted there are hangry moments during our fasting days of Ramadan, there are still lessons we can learn. One thing to notice is how energy is decreased naturally. Even if we get angry, we tend to lose energy fairly quickly and can’t fully hang onto our anger or let problems dwell for too long. We don’t have that strong willpower inside to be so angry. But most of all it gives a sense of perspective at the unnecessary moments of anger in and outside of Ramadan. Times where we tend to lash out or boil inside and it hurts no one but us. This realization of what anger is doing to us essentially helps to make us better. It helps to create a need to lose all the anger and stop wasting energy. And hopefully this helps to remove anger in unwanted ways from impacting our lives outside of Ramadan. Hopefully this helps to turn our life into a more meaningful and positive one and create more happy moments rather than angry ones. May Allah guide us and keep us strong enough to quiet our angry selves. May He help us control the unwanted anger and do things that only please Him. Ameen.

There are (way too many) moments in my day that I tend to spend just scrolling through my phone. The internet can be so convenient and yet so torturous to one’s productivity in life. I have found myself checking all my social media apps and then going through what seems like a loop throughout the day and just checking, checking, checking. I mean, sure I’m up to date on a ton of things, but what good is that doing me in my daily routine? In the masjid during Ramadan I rarely ever see anyone on their phones. They’re focused on worship, on these blessed moments that will not come again very soon and will go by quickly before they know it. They’re inspired by their own spirits just lifting at the remembrance of their Lord. I realize you can not be inspired to write, to be productive, to live a better life, until you truly disconnect from this mindless routine of checking your phone. You have to recharge and reconnect your energy and channel it in prayer so that you can find yourself again. Ramadan is a chance to do that. To disconnect from all that is mundane and petty in life. To focus on the good things. To give you back that energy you have been lacking the rest of the year. I hope to find a balance and to really just keep on focusing my energy towards worship, being in the present, and living life the way it should be lived.

I’ve noticed a lot of talk about gratitude. Being grateful and feeling good as a result. Having a grateful state of mind. But talk is less effective unless put into practice. The month of Ramadan has really reminded me of the need to be grateful. Sometimes during the course of the year we assume we are being grateful but Ramadan really forces the soul to really see things in a slower pace. It hopefully forces us to see all the things we have been taking for granted. Sometimes those things can be as small as daily meals and actually having food to eat for iftar or warm water for our showers when we feel icky. It can be bigger things like the beautiful happiness of our children or easily being able to afford gifts for eid. If we can’t have empathy for those less fortunate and see how blessed we truly are then how effective have our fasts truly been? There are so many around the world suffering horribly and when we realize that we aren’t one of them, we should be nothing but grateful to Allah for giving us the opportunity to do so much in our lives. To live our life to its full potential without any fear inshallah.

May Allah continue to keep our hearts filled with gratitude. May we always help those less fortunate and use our gifts and talents to do good in the world. May we not take the small and big things for granted and may we especially not take life for granted. Ameen.

 

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