Why I love the month of Ramadan

Ramadan,
I adore it,
indeed it’s a blessed month,
it teaches me to be patient,
it brings discipline back into my life,
it makes me remember that there’s more to life than eating,
most importantly, it brings me closer to God (Allah),
it re-ignites my interest in the Qur’an,
it reminds me of what I’m so fortunate to have,
it makes me think of those less fortunate than me,
it helps me clear my mind,
it’s a time to contemplate,
on matters more spiritual,
more closer to the soul,
time to reflect on ones role,
to rectify oneself,
to be more in control,
not to fall for fruitless desires
but to do what really matters,
to help those less fortunate,
to be an example to society,
to show what life is really about,
self-sacrifice and service to others,
to bring hope to others,
to be a force for good,
the ultimate aim of course,
is to please the One and Only Almighty.

Thank you God (Allah) for giving us this beautiful month of…

…Ramadan..,
Oh how I’ll miss it when it goes.

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Ramadan Day 19 to 30 (2012)

Apologies for not posting anything the last ten days or so of Ramadan. This is partly (mostly) due to a lack of discipline on my part, but also the greater intensity of the last third of Ramadan; a time when the act of spirituality takes more of one’s time, and the mind is pre-occupied with higher purpose.

In the last ten days worship becomes more active at night. Between sunset and sunrise, with intermittent breaks, the focus is on greater spirituality, probably more than any other time of the year, although this need not necessarily be the case (why not make it regular?)

In a way, night turns into day, and day turns into night, thus for the last 10 days of Ramadan this is a continuous theme across the world. We beseech, we implore, we request, for greater peace and success in our lives and the life beyond.

Although there is a greater quantity of worship, it’s the quality that matters. Were we distracted during our spiritual experience, or were we genuinely in one-to-one communication with the force to whom we are to return?

Despite the fasting and the intense spirituality, the end of the month brings forth feelings of desire for the next Ramadan to come quickly, so that we can again be engrossed in this most uplifting of months.