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August 13, 2010

Teensie-Weensie Reminder (Day 3): Remember that Ramadan will soon end

by Umm Muawiyah

Assalamu Alaikum.

Ramadan will soon end, you say? It just began!

Yeah, and before you know it, we’ll be in Shawwal.

That’s what happens every year, isn’t it?

We have two major problems:

1) We spend the whole day looking forward to iftar (i.e. the food).

2) We forget about Allah at the time of iftar. We remember Him again at Taraweeh and then proceed to forget about Him until Fajr.

And the days go by and Ramadan comes to an end with us having done close to nothing…

So what can we do about it? Well, we can change our tactics.

This year I have a new tactic called “dread iftar”.

Yep.

Dread Iftar.

Why? Because when iftar comes, one more day of Ramadan will have ended (remember the day is from sunset to sunset) and every iftar brings the end of Ramadan closer.

So, how does this “dread iftar” tactic work? You basically try to pack in a lot of ibaadah and efforts before the time of iftar.  Rather than waiting for the time of iftar, you actually wish it would not come and race against the clock to finish all the important work (i.e. the ibaadah).

Why is the pre-iftar time better than the post-iftar time? Because you are already in a state of ibaadah (i.e. fasting) in the pre-iftar time. So, imagine that you’re reading the Quran after Asr. You’re in the middle of performing two acts of worship: fasting and reciting the Quran. If you do it after the iftar time (which you should as well), you’ll only be performing one act of worship.

Make sense? I hope so…

Did this work for me? Kind of. Rather than twiddling my thumbs, I’ve become more active as the iftar time came closer.

Also, in order for the “dread iftar” tactic to work, you need to pretend that we’re almost at the end of Ramadan. So rather than saying “Oh, I have 26-27 more days left”, you’ll say “Gasp, I only have a few more days left!”

This will also enable us to remember Allah after iftar and after Taraweeh.

I know you might be thinking “This girl has finally lost all her marbles”.

Quite possibly.

But there’s still no harm in trying out my “dread iftar” tactic, is there? Yoo never know. It might work, insha-Allah….

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