Ramadan Journal 2014 | Ramadan 101

by - July 02, 2014

Hope you have had a good start to Ramadan. Alhamdulillah, ours has been good so far. The first day was exceptionally good with me thinking where did those fifteen hours go! But then on the second day, I kept counting remaining hours like a child. I think I felt energized during the first day because of the amount of water I had during Suhoor. Keeping ourselves hydrated makes a huge difference when fasting for long hours. 

One of my goals for this Ramadan was to tell a non-Muslim friend about Ramadan. I've been pondering over it and realized that I've Muslims and non-Muslims reading this little blog of mine and what better way to introduce someone to Ramadan! 

Ramadan, as you might already know, is one of the twelve months of Islamic Calendar. Among others, following are four reasons why we Muslims consider it to be a blessed month:

a) The revelation of the Holy Qur'an started during the month of Ramadan
b) Fasting, which is one of the Five Pillars of Islam is observed during the month of Ramadan
c) During the month of Ramadan, door of Divine blessings is open to all those who pray and supplicate
d) The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) would strive harder when it came to prayers during this month and urged his followers to do the same. 

One might think, especially seeing the lofty Iftar buffets in this part of the world, that Ramadan is only about keeping ourselves away from food, drink and physical desires. Yes, during Ramadan, we Muslims abstain from food and basic physical appetites from dawn to dusk. However, Ramadan is much more than that. 

The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "When one of you is fasting, he should abstain from indecent acts and unnecessary talk, and if someone begins an obscene conversation or tries to pick an argument, he should simply tell him, ‘I am fasting. I am fasting’." (Bukhari and Muslim)

This is the month when we strive to connect with our Creator and try to do better spiritually. We train ourselves to curb our intense natural inclinations and strengthen our spiritual self. For a month, we fight various evil inclinations which gives us the power to do the same for next eleven months. We come back to Ramadan again, the cycle continues and our lives become a never ending process of spiritual enrichment. 

Ramadan is also the month when Muslims, despite of all the differences among themselves, unite and connect with each other. The communal feeling is much more obvious with everyone coming together for prayers and charity work - which is in fact a part of worship.

I hope I have been able to give you a brief introduction to Ramadan. If you have any questions, I would be more than happy to answer them in the best way possible. In sha Allah. 

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  1. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love how Ramadan is a great unifier, whether you're rich or poor, you have to go hungry and thirsty for the greater part of the day. It really helps us realize that we're all basically human beings with the same needs and desires.

  3. Thoughtful post - really enjoyed reading

  4. Very nice Nilu. Ramadan Kareem to you and your family.

    1. Thank you. Ramadan Kareem to you and family. xx


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