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August 9, 2010

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Ramadan is the Month of Fitness, not the Month of Fatness…

by Umm Muawiyah

Assalamu Alaikum.

Yes indeed. It’s time for a rant.

So, if you’ll permit me…

<Begin Rant>

Ramadan is the Month of Fitness, not the Month of Fatness.

Ramadan is the Month of Piety, not the Month of Party.

Ramadan is the Month of Fasting, not the Month of Food.

Ramadan is the Month of Abstinence, not the Month of Stuffing-Yourself-Until-You-Drop-Dead.

Ramadan is the Month of Wiping Out your sins from your book of deeds, not the Month of Writing More Sins to your book of deeds.

Ramadan is the Month of the Quran. And no, that does not mean taking a dusty Mushaf off your shelves after 10 months and 20 days and reading it without tajweed, understanding or application.

Ramadan is the Month of Starting Afresh – which means starting a new life until the end of your life, not a new life until Shawwal.

Ramadan is the Month of Silence, not the Month of Socialising (Hello Iftar Parties Full of Gheebah. I’m talking to YOU.)

Ramadan is the Month of Sisterhood (and Brotherhood), not the Month of Cat fights. (Hello Sisters in the Masjid. I’m talking to YOU).

Ramadan is the Month of Giving in Charity, not the Month of Being a Cheapskate.

Ramadan actually lasts for a whole Month, not just the 27th night.

Ramadan actually lasts from Fajr until Fajr, not from Fajr until Maghrib.(Hello Sheesha Addicts and Majlis Tent Goers. I’m talking to YOU.)

Ramadan is the Month where the Gates of Paradise are opened and the Gates of Hell are closed. So why exactly do we behave as if the Gates of Hell are open and the Gates of Paradise are closed?

Ramadan is the Month where we pray more, not the (only) Month where we pray.

Ramadan is the Month of Manners. You’d think people could at least try for a measly 29-30 days to ACT nice???

Ramadan is the Month of Smiling, not the Month of Snarling.

Ramadan is the Month of Tawheed (worshipping Allah alone), not the Month of Shirk (ascribing partners to Him). How truly sad it is that nobody knows what Tawheed is, when it is the Right of Allah and  the Key to Paradise.

Ramadan is the Month where we increase our presence in the Masjids, not the Month where we increase our presence in the Restaurants.

Ramadan is the Month where we Seek Forgiveness, not the Month where we Seek Food.

Ramadan is the Month of Activity, not the Month of Sleep.

Ramadan is the Month of Striving, not the Month of Snoring.

Ramadan is the Month where we go the extra mile to please Allah, not where we go the extra mile to please our stomachs.

Ramadan is the Month of Increasing in Prayers and Khushoo (humility) not the Month of Increasing in Pakoras and Kushari.

Ramadan is the Month of Dawah to Allah, not the Month of Dawah to your Iftar Party.

Ramadan is the Month of Health, which means that manufacturers of cooking oil should NOT be making profits at this time of year.

Ramadan is the Month of Improving your (hereafter) CV, not the Month of Befriending your TV.

Ramadan is the Month of Atoning (for your sins), not the Month of Moaning and Groaning (about the hunger, ibadaah, etc).

Ramadan is the Month where we strive to get mentioned by Allah to His Angels, not the Month where we strive to get mentioned by your Iftar party guests (“Ooh, what a fantastic host you are!”).

Ramadan is the Month where we stand in rows waiting for the Salah to begin, not the Month where we stand in lines waiting to order the food.

Ramadan is the Month where we visit the Masjids, not the Month where we visit the Majlises.

Ramadan is where we behave NORMALLY (where we act likes the slaves of Allah). It’s the rest of the year where we behave ABNORMALLY (where we act like slaves of this world).

Brother Abu Uwais was right. We need a Ramadan.

<End Rant>

Okay, I just had to get that out of my system.

Yes, I know. That was nasty but it was the sad truth wasn’t it?

We’ll all strive to do better this year, insha-Allah.

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3 Comments Post a comment
  1. SYED SHAHEEN AKHTAR
    Jul 27 2011

    WALAIKUMASSALAAM WARAHAMAT ULLAHI WABARAKATAHU. JAZAKALLAH KHAIR AND IT IS THE FACT AND I THINK EVERY MUSLIM CAN DO THIS MUCH FOR THE SAKE OF ALLAH . THANK U BROTHER ALLAH BLESS U . SHAHEEN

    Reply
  2. Aug 1 2011

    aww this is really cute !! Ramadan Kareem !!

    Reply
    • Umm Muawiyah
      Aug 3 2011

      Assalamu Alaikum.

      Ramadan Mubarak to you too, sister.

      Reply

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