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My 2007 Ramadan Diary (Days 17-18) « Focusing In

My 2007 Ramadan Diary (Days 17-18) « Focusing In

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Who was he?

You should know who this great personality is. I found the following article to be of reference point that acknowledges a historical individual who many have written about in depth. Today the influence of biographies written by Muslims or Non-Muslims continue to spread to every corner of the world. In homes, teaching our children about the real heroes of Islam and to take control over the t.v. programs or video games they are in tune not to miss watching can sometimes be a challenge when all their minds and hearts speak about are heroes that “save the day.” The real heroes are the ones that children so much need to know about whose legacies will shape their lives in society.

Please read on.. Click on article #4 in the following site:

http://www.fisabilillah.org/show_articles.asp?id_cat=18

Valuing beliefs

I came across the following video that raises many good points on welcoming opportunities for positive dialogue. Make sure to check out part 2.

 

Right reason right reward

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 “Fasting is prescribe for you, as it was prescribed for those before you.” (Koran, 2:183)

For many people, Ramadan is the month when they can achieve their weight loss, for others, it is the time to benefit from the charitable goodwill of the Muslims. In saying this, our month of immeasurable opportunities is in mid way progression while still keeping it alive for more oportunities that will stir something positive.
It has been personally challenging but yet, I have learned something each new day which stand out as reminders of what I should be able to find a way to implement in my life on a daily basis. Finally, I thank Allah (Subhan wa Ta’ala) for everything he has given me, and ask Him to continue to guide me on the Straight Path, to make me successful in this life and the Hereafter, and to keep my family and friends firm in Iman and in good health, inshAllah.

My resolutions for this Ramadan can be achievable but the one that I have found to be personally connected to is to try to be as disciplined of a Muslim as I am during Ramadan after it is over as well.

It is so disappointing to make the same resolution each year and fail ourselves. Instead of making it a mere resolution, we should resolve to change a particular habit by intending to do it for the sake of Allah. Whatever we do in this life, we do by the permission of Allah. The air that we breathe is still available on Allah’s command, the water that we drink is pure because Allah deems it possible to be purified despite our severe environmental pollution. Therefore, to become a better person, is a quest to please Allah first and foremost.

There is so much motivation in celebrating Ramadan.

Do you feel like you have been able to meet your Ramadan resolutions? 

or

 Does fasting have anything to do with resoultions?

“…Allah intends every facility for you He does not want to put you to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance you shall be grateful.” (Qur’an 2 verse 185)

Sunsets

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It is the call to prayer that we hear from afar that marks the end of another day of fasting. Plates, spoons, bowls, glasses are ready to be used as they sit so neatly on the table. As we reach for those dates and glasses of water, we praise Allah for another successful day. Since the start of Ramadan the list of things to do while fasting and food preparations have been modified some.  I had to create menus to basically allow me time to help better organize my week after coming home from work. I have actually tried to work smarter rather than harder now in the kitchen. Thinking that I could do it all was something beyond expectation. I have been able to reflect on the many purposes of Ramdan-self-control, spiritual duties, and unity. Fasting is about increasing awareness, savoring the food you eat and appreciating Allah not an excuse to overeat. The important thing in fasting is how to be close to Allah through building a relationship. Thus, it also applies to having  a healthy relationship with food which is just one way to keep physically and spiritually fit. This Ramadan, I have obeserved that fasting can actually do more harm at least physically than good. It all comes down to choosing the right food to break fast which is the key to better health. So how are we to avoid the discomforts of fasting? I am certain that sales of antiacids are an all time high during Ramadan. When it is time to break the fast, there is food galore, particularly calorie-heavy cakes and cholesterol-inducing curries. After fasting all day, there is a tendency to pile food onto the plate. That can make for uncomfortable health problems. Thus, the month of Ramadan is the month of great gains and profits. The smart trader is the one who makes the most of special occasions to increase his/her profits. I have been trying to make the most of this month by keeping in tune with doing acts of worship, forgiving people and cooking for others which I thought would not be a great deal of work for me but it has turned out to be somewhat difficult to keep up with. 🙂

Here is just one example of a very popular dish that is a typical Moroccan soup and time consuming to prepare. However, delicious to the taste and nutritous.

Responding to life

Today marks the 13th day of Ramadan for many around the world. Have I met the goals I set out to do? My lack of sleep has revealed to me a very long day at work, where I keep my performance of tasks in check but later I feel like taking a nap. Managing my time after breaking my fast has been important but just these few days ago that I have been feeling ill I have not been able to enjoy Ramadan. Attending Taraweeh was on the top of my list and I have targeted to attend a few. During the week after work, my day does not end. Coming home to cook, set the table and then sitting at the table to just wish those plates could disappear in an instant. I have tried to keep my son on a routine for school nights but it can be hard when you have visitors coming over. However, we have been able to keep up with our counting of links in the Ramadan chain we made together. It is important for me to make a big deal about the days we spend fasting and worshipping Allah and he has been able to relate to some things. On the other hand, entertaining during the week is not easy and will not be occuring as frequent as it has since the start of Ramadan. You just can’t resist turning down an invitation to iftar or f’tour as it is known here. Dinners can take late to prepare and you just can’t leave after breaking the fast. It is just not common courtsey to stay a few hours without having that special dinner. My Ramadan has been one of much to reflect on a religious level. I have tried to read some Quran at work but it just is not the place to ponder on its meaning. In the evening after clearing the table, putting my son to bed and looking at the clock to see that it is almost 10 p.m. and I still have not set out the clothes for the next day, my intention to get a few pages of Quran reading is still on the list. However, it never fails that once I begin to read the Quran my eyes began to seperate from the text and into a peaceful sleep.

My biggest disappointment has been not reading as much Quran during the week and finding myself during the weekend making up for all that I missed. Thus, I have reflected on these days as follow:

Sometimes Allah breaks our spirit to save our soul.
Sometimes Allah breaks our heart to make us whole.

Sometimes Allah allows pain so we can be stronger.

Sometimes Allah sends us failure so we can be humble.

Sometimes Allah allows illness so we can take better care of ourselves.

Sometimes Allah takes everything away from us so we can learn the value of everything He gave us.

Plan, but understand that we only live by Alllah’s grace…

 I hope that you are making the most out of your Ramadan.

🙂

Eating Right Is So Easy

Yesterday I went to the doctor for my yearly physical.
My blood pressure was high, my cholesterol was high,
I’d gained some weight, and I didn’t feel so hot.
 My doctor said eating right doesn’t have to
be complicated and it would solve my physical
problems.

He said just think in colors…
Fill your plate with bright colors… greens,
yellows, reds, etc. 

I went right home and ate an
entire bowl of what he prescribed

 And sure enough, I felt better immediately.
I never knew eating right
could be so easy.