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August 29, 2011

Ramadan is over…

by Umm Muawiyah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Yup, it’s over.

[Or at least it is in the Gulf. Some of you would still be in Ramadan in which case I would advise you to milk every minute for what it’s worth before Shawwal comes.]

So, what now?

Well, unfortunately most people are already thinking of their Eid food and their Eid clothes…

What should a believer do?

Well, we need to continue being steadfast. As simple as that.

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter whether it’s Ramadan or not, our purpose of life is still the same.

Some last bit of advice before Eid (I’ll temporarily resume blogging after a few days after which I’ll go on a long break):

a) Don’t lose that Ramadan feeling.

b) Do all the sunnahs of Eid, even the little ones like eating some dates before going out to pray.

c) Please remember to pray all your fard prayers and try to pray the sunnah too.

d) Don’t forget to recite the Quran even if it’s a little bit.

e) Have fun and be grateful to Allah that you have the opportunity to have fun.

Yes, Eid is supposed to be fun and we can have fun (halal fun, alright?). It’s fine to go out and visit family and friends, etc.

However, don’t forget to be grateful to Allah for being able to do all these things. Just look at the situation of the Somalians and the Libyans. I wonder how much fun they’ll be able to have on Eid in their situation.

Just in case, you’re like “Oh, why is she depressing us with those reminders??”

Depressing you? I was trying to make you feel happy that you’re not in that sort of position…

f) Try not to stuff your face with cakes and sweeties.

I know that this is the most difficult part because every house you visit insists on giving you a bit of their oh-so-delicious pastries and you don’t have the will power to say no (until, of course, your stomach refuses to accept anything more in which case you are forced to say no after which your host glares at you).

But try anyway, won’t you?

May Allah accept our fast and our prayers and keep us steadfast on His deen.

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