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November 27, 2010

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Remember Ramadan Ramblings – Episode 3: Muharram – Our Fourth Chance

by Umm Muawiyah

Assalamu Alaikum.

Yes, Ramadan was our 2nd chance and the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah was the 3rd.

Now, we have yet another chance: Muharram.

You might wonder why I keep pointing to specific months as being 3rd or 4th chances when, in reality, a person can make a fresh start from…NOW.

Yes, that’s true. However, the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah and Muharram are what I call mini-goals and iman-boosting opportunities, because of their many virtues.

It is very difficult for a person to think about working hard for a lifetime. So we need to shorten that to working hard until the end of Ramadan, so that we can take it year by year. However, as Ramadan is still quite far away, we need to work towards another goal that is close by in order to keep ourselves motivated.

That’s what I’ve noticed about most people. They need deadlines. I’m like that too. I need a real tangible deadline so that I can get the adrenaline going.

So, let’s give ourselves yet another deadline to improve: Muharram.

And we’ll just keep doing this until Ramadan comes, insha-Allah.

Remember: The only way to actually “remember” Ramadan is to become our “Ramadan selves” and better in all the months.

PS. Question to all of you: Are you still asking Allah to accept your Ramadan? If not, then why not? The early generations did this for 6 months after Ramadan!

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  1. Anon
    Dec 7 2010

    Salam

    I can totally relate to this, the very idea that I will have to work hard every day for the last year of my life can be tiresome. Regular ibadahi is manageable but possessing the same zeal during Ramadan is difficult – I know it shouldnt be but this is the case for many people. Subhallah to the mini-opportunities that arise during the year, it is refreshing and enlightening to know that Allah swt is giving us another chance to jump on the bandwagon in the same manner as we did in Ramadan, may Allah swt grants us the hidayah and tawfiq to realise how immense these opportunities are in reality. We hear everyone banging on about Ramadan up to the lead up, but it dies down soon after.

    Any yes, allhamdillah I can say I continue with dua post Ramadan for Ramadan, when I look back and think how the month was full of blessings, the words of shukr emanate willingly from my heart. May Allah swt grant us the ability to thank him.

    I would also like to say I this blog, it is full of zeal and I read it regularly. I missed your Wimbledon analogy – did you finish the last part? Please do so. I loved that so much.

    Wsalam, may Allah swt continue to strengthen your pen.
    R

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    • Umm Muawiyah
      Dec 8 2010

      Wa Alaikum Assalam Sister.

      Firstly, jazakillahu kheira for your encouraging message.

      I was actually quite frustrated and annoyed yesterday (sent hundreds of people an email about an important issue and ended up only getting 10 replies!) and was really close to writing a highly negative post (was planning to rail against the whole world) but then I logged in and saw your comment and my mood totally changed.So jazakillahu kheira for that.

      Secondly, we aren’t supposed to have the exact same zeal as we do in Ramadan. Your comment actually led me to put up yesterday’s post, which I will explain in the next Remember Ramadan Ramblings post, insha-Allah (which will also be inspired by your post).

      Thirdly, I did finish about 60% of the tennis post but I kept on delaying it (time limitations and nobody seemed eager for part three). However, I’ll try to post it by next week, insha-Allah, as you are so eager to read it. I’m glad that you liked it, alhamdulillah.

      Fourthly, ameen to your dua. [But what about my heart? I think it needs more strengthening than my pen…]

      Fifthly, I’m assuming that it’s “I like this blog” (a word is missing) – at least I hope so!

      Jazakillahu kheira one again.

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