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July 21, 2010

LECTURE: THE FASTING AND THE FURIOUS

by Umm Muawiyah

Assalamu Alaikum.

What Ramadan is supposed to look like:

We start the month out with high hopes. We strive like crazy for the whole month.

Ibaadah after Ibaadah.

Mount Everest might as well be a small hill.

Sleep – what’s that?

The only thing on our minds is pleasing Allah and attaining His Forgiveness.

By the time the moon for Shawwal has been sighted, we have reached the summit.

What Ramadan really looks like (for most of us anyway):

We start the month out with high hopes. We strive like crazy – for the first three days. After three days, we’re toast (no pun intended).

We spend the next 3 weeks sleeping because we’re so tired.

That small hill might as well be Mount Everest.

Ibaadah – what’s that?

We come (crawl?) out of hibernation just in time for the 27th night.

Then, we go back to sleep for the remaining two days so that we have energy for Eid.

By the time the moon for Shawwal has been sighted, we have reached the pits.


This year, insha-Allah, we’ll try to aim for the first type of Ramadan  (hey, if you don’t aim to climb Mount Everest, you’ll never get there) and prepare to solve the problems that cause the second type of Ramadan.

So, how do we manage to keep it all together for 29-30 days without falling apart? This lecture tells how to avoid the mid-Ramadan dip and other pitfalls:

The Fasting and the Furious By Muhammad Alshareef (Download):

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