It is that time of the year again. The time when Muslims around the world are eagerly anticipating the arrival of Ramadan. In sha Allah. This year, after a lot of thinking, I decided to bring back my daily Ramadan Journal prompts. I had taken a break from it last year to try out different things and I have to admit I missed it sorely. It's always a pleasure to go back and flip through your journal and reminisce.
If you are new here and wondering what Ramadan Journal is all about - it is a memory keeping idea that was inspired by Ali Edwards' December Daily and Fat Mum Slim's Photo A Day. Since I started paper crafting, I have been seeing many Christian scrapbookers and memory keepers journal their twenty five days leading to Christmas and sometimes New Year. I loved this idea and wished there was something similar for us Muslims to document our Ramadan. That's how Journal your Ramadan was born. Given how hectic our schedules are during Ramadan, I felt it would be easier to have a list of prompts to help us take photos or write - like the one Fat Mum Slim shares every month or week.
This documentation process has brought me a lot of joy to me and others who have participated. The last three years I have been using the hashtag #ramadanjournal via my personal Instagram account through which I also got to make a lot of good friends. Few months back I had started a separate account for my blog to keep my personal one private, which means many of my previous posts under this hashtag won't be visible to public - just giving you a heads up. I have noticed that some companies are using the hashtag now to promote their products because of which I made a new hashtag this year - #njramadanjournal.
Of course, whiling away on social media is the last thing we want to do during Ramadan, which was one of the reasons I did something different last year. If you feel that this is something that you cannot make time for, please do not feel pressured to participate. You can always use the list and keep a private journal - I have received numerous messages from ladies who have used my previous lists that way.
Whatever our plans are for Ramadan this year, let us strive to make the most of it. May this Ramadan be a blessed one for us and our families. May this Ramadan bring us closer to our Creator and provide us with the spiritual enlightenment we have been working towards. Ameen. I wish you all the good luck. Ramadan Kareem!