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December 25, 2010

Project “Recover Ramadan” – Step 13: Remember to savour it…

by Umm Muawiyah

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Qs. Are the Recover Ramadan posts helping you to recover Ramadan? Yes or no? If not, then why not? Answers would be appreciated so that I can improve the content, insha-Allah.]

Savour what, you ask?

Savour our beautiful, wonderful, awesome, fantastic religion, of course.

[Sound familiar? Perhaps because I spoke about this issue in Ramadan. What’s the difference between this article and that one? Well, about 4 months and the content.]

How do we savour it? Let me tell you a story and you’ll understand, insha-Allah.

I met a Muslim sister last year. At that time, she was a brand new, 2 week old Muslimah.

What struck me about her was her reaction to the Islamic  information that I shared with her.

She would get that “Wow, awesome!” sort of expression on her face. You know, it was that “Aw shucks, I can’t believe that I found something so totally supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,  so completely amazing. This is too good to be true but it’s true!!!!” sort of expression.

It’s the kind of expression that tennis players get when they win a grand slam for the first time or lottery winners when they found out that they hit the jackpot. Yes, it was that sort of expression.

I was stunned when I first saw that expression and my amazement grew when I noticed that she reacted that way to all the ahadeeth that I mentioned, no matter what their topic was. Masha-Allah, she LOVED Islam and it showed.

I always thought that I loved Islam a lot, but after I met her, I realised that I was far behind her in that department.

I met her again last week. It had been over a year since our last meeting.

I wondered whether she would be the same. I assumed that the attitude might have lessened as it does for many people when they get over “the initial high”, so to speak.

Nope. She was still the same.

There was a bottle of Zam-Zam on a table nearby so I started to tell her the whole story behind it (with plenty of wonderful diversions, of course). Usually, when you tell Muslims about an Islamic story that they don’t already know, many of them are so busy feeling embarrassed about not knowing the story that they fail to enjoy listening to it.

Not her. She savoured it.

Did that expression come back?

Of course it did.  She looked like she was having a ball throughout the whole story.

When I told her three more stories (the Boy and the King, the Magicians of the Pharoah and the People of the Ditch), it was there again.

I was both relieved and saddened to see her reaction; relieved because it was so satisfying to see someone approach Islam in this positive fashion and saddened because there was still someone out there who loved Islam more than I did. My eyes were happy though as that wonderful expression is a sight to behold.

And may Allah keep her steadfast in her love of this religion.

So what do we need to do? Savour this religion, of course.

When we seek Islamic knowledge, read the Quran, ahadeeth or Islamic history or find out any new Islamic information, we need to approach it the way this sister did: like it’s the most awesome thing that we’re going to find on this planet.

And you know what? Islam IS the most awesome* thing that we’re going to find on this planet.

[*Yes, I know I overuse that word and no, I am not a teenager.]

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