My Dream Ramadan…
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
A girl can dream, right?
So I did just that. What would my ideal Ramadan be like?
Well, some of the things would include:
1) I would get to do itikaf for 10 days (and spend all the time on ibaadah (worship) not chatting).
Why: It’s one of my biggest dreams.
Chances of it occurring: 1%, insha-Allah.
2) I would eat only healthy food.
Why: It’s obvious, isn’t it?
Chances of it occurring: 70%, insha-Allah [because I’ve done it before and I can’t eat oily food anyway.]
3) I would be full of energy.
Why: I need energy to do ibaadah. As simple as that.
Chances of it occurring: I haven’t a clue. It’s been dreadful the last few years. Fasting seems to really zap me of energy.
4) I would spend most of my time with the Quran.
Why: Because this is the month of the Quran.
Chances of it occurring: 30%, insha-Allah. [I came pretty close a few years ago.]
5) I would be able to pray all of the Qiyam al-Layl prayers without my bones creaking.
Why: Do you have any idea how depressing it is to feel like a 90-year old?
Chances of it occurring: 0% if I keep my current routine. 40%, insha-Allah, if I manage to start and continue my planned routine.
6) I would have the proper khushoo (humility) in every prayer especially taraweeh.
Why: Because there’s no better feeling than that. Oh and the reward of the prayer depends on the amount of khushoo you feel.
Chances of it occurring: 5%, insha-Allah [I’m trying to be very, very positive.]
7) No kiddies would come to my masjid so that I (and the rest of the sisters) would be able to pray in peace.
Why: You need to come to my masjid to understand why this is a big dream of mine. [Once the IMAM came up to tell the sisters that he was getting distracted because of the children!!!!!!]
Chances of it occurring: 0.000000000001%, insha-Allah.
8) I would be able to go to the masjid without being asked personal questions by every sister I bump into.
Why: Because I HATE being asked personal questions. From absolutely anybody. I don’t ask (unless there is a valid reason which I mention on the spot) and I expect the same courtesy from others.
Chances of it occurring: 0.00000000000000000000000000001%, insha-Allah.
9) I would talk only when necessary.
Why: Because that’s the sunnah.
Chances of it occurring: 0.0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001%, insha-Allah.
10) Being part of an all-night all-girlie taraweeh.
Why: Someone once mentioned an all-girl taraweeh to me years ago and I still keep dreaming about it.
[My dream (assuming that it is in accordance with the sunnah) is that all of us ladies (in Dubai and nearby obviously) get together in an open area (like a field and with gates so that the men can be locked out) and pray all night long from Isha until just before Fajr. The night would be cool and we would take breaks for short lectures on the tafsir of the ayaat (verses) that we would recite next.
Then all of us would eat suhoor together and then we would all pray Fajr and then remember Allah until sunrise. Then we would leave.
If it’s an all-girlie thingie, we can feel more relaxed and comfortable and also interact with the sister who would be doing the tafsir. Also, I think that this would be a great thing for the sisters who are converts and still single (as Ramadan is a lonely time for many of them). They would feel like part of a big family.]
Chances of it occurring: Hmm… the open field might be a little out there (no pun intended) but a sister with a nice big hall could invite a bunch of us over. All the husbands/fathers would be in the masjids and all the kiddies would be fast asleep upstairs.
[What do all the Dubai/Sharjah sisters think? Any takers?]
So, those are just some of the things that would happen in my dream Ramadan (the key word being “dream”, of course).
Question: What would YOUR dream Ramadan include?