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August 26, 2010

Half of Ramadan is over…

by Umm Muawiyah

Assalamu Alaikum.

Depressing, isn’t it? Almost makes you want to cry, huh?

Okay, let’s put it another way:

Half of Ramadan is still left!

How’s that?

I was so busy berating myself the last few days for my not-so-great Ramadan that I almost missed the fact that I STILL had a chance to make it an awesome Ramadan.

The days that are gone are GONE. There’s no point in moaning and groaning about them.

Don’t think about the past that you can’t change, think of the future that you CAN.

We’re all still alive so we still have a chance to increase in our good deeds. And we still have about 2 weeks left to make a difference (and Laylatul Qadr hasn’t come yet.)

I remember Ramadan 2008. My first 20 days were soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo bad. I wasn’t feel well so I felt like sleeping the whole day.

The last ten days though were a different story. They were wonderful. I even got to do Itikaaf for 4 days.

So, come on. We all need to wake up. Otherwise, it’ll be Shawwal soon.

What about working on the following small (attainable) goals:

[Remember: We want to keep this going BEYOND Ramadan]

1) Improve the quality of our salah (and quantity as well).

2) Increase our time with the Quran (recitation, some tafsir and maybe some hifdh as well)

3) Give in charity and help the poor

4) Increase in dua (supplication) and istighfar

5) Try to be well-mannered (smile, control our tongues, try to help others, etc)

Oh and we try to avoid sinning, of course.

Yes, these are very simple goals but:

1) Simplicity is always the key.

2) Complicated does not equate to greatness

3) How many of us are regular in doing these “simple” deeds?

I think it’s best to live from (fard) prayer to prayer. So, first we work on that prayer and then we try to do as much of  Nos. 1-5 as we can before we reach the next prayer.

What do you think?

Simple, no?

So, let’s get going!

PS. Sorry about the lack of teensie-weensie reminders. I’ll post one tomorrow, insha-Allah.

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