Editorial - Ramadhan Goals 2015

Assalamualaikum and hello folks . It’s been a while since my last post . I love ramadhan ! It is the best. Most people do not fully understand the meaning of Ramadhan, well let me just copy and paste from the internet wink wink

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim year, during which strict fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset. It is a time of fasting for the Islamic people. Each day during this month, Muslims all over the world abstain from eating, drinking, smoking, as well as participating in anything that is ill-natured or excessive; from dawn until the sun sets. Fasting is intended to educate the Muslim in spirituality, humility and patience. It is a time to cleanse the soul, focus attention on God, and put into practice selflessness. Ramadan is a time for Muslims to fast for the sake of God and to put forward more prayer than is customary.

Each day before dawn, Muslims observe a pre-fast meal called suhoor. After stopping a short time before dawn, Muslims begin the first prayer of the day, the Fajr prayer. At sunset, families hasten for the fast-breaking meal known as iftar. Charity is very important in Islam, and even more so during Ramadan. Zakat, often translated as “the poor-rate”, is obligatory as one of the pillars of Islam; a fixed percentage is required to be given to the poor of the person’s savings. Sadaqa is voluntary charity in given above and beyond what is required from the obligation of Zakat. In Islam all good deeds are more handsomely rewarded in Ramadan than in any other month of the year.

YAHOOOOOOOO !! Ramadhan

I love Ramadan. It is such a spiritual moment and draws me closer to myself and God. I tend to understand myself better, I do not to hurt anyone’s feelings and during this time .Ramadhan is amazing, it is just a feeling I can’t explain. I am not a religious fanatic, but I love my religion. I keep to what is true and do not let others confuse me, I do not listen to the world’s version of my Religion and sometimes I wish people will just take a minute or 2 to learn more about such a PEACEFUL and heartfelt Religion of Islam .

Ramadhan is such a special moment, Muslims all over share, are selfless and If you in kampung ( I’m not sure whats is it called in english but “Kampung” literally means in malay is “Home” ) walk into a strangers home to eat during this season (wish it was all the time though) Hahaha #JustKidding . It is a time to reflect on a lot of things

Yep Almost one year has gone by and Ramadhan is about to knock on our doors one more time,insha’Allah. Being able to fast the month of Ramadan is truly a gift – how many have gone back to Allah? – and it is also a trust that needs to kept with care and concern. Just like all other great things, Ramadhan requires some sacrifice and determination, if you wish to truly benefit from this gift and protect this trust.

Ramadan requires preparation, which in turn, requires time and reflection. The companions of the Prophet ? used to start preparing for Ramadan six months prior to it, and they would increase their worship especially during the month in which we are now, Sha’ban.

It’s kind of hard to go into Ramadan without any specific goals in the hope to ‘wing it’, because to be able to improve one’s self, one needs to… well, obviously set some goals! Specific and personal goals will naturally vary from person to person, but here are some achievable ones that can be set in shaa’Allah
Make all five salawat (prayers) on time: If one of your struggles is to perform your prayers on time, make it a goal to make each obligatory salat during Ramadan on time. Once this becomes a habit, insha’Allah, it will be easier to continue praying on time during the remainder of the year.

Recite the Qur’an: At least once a day, with reflection on its meaning. I know a lot of people like reading the entire Qur’an during Ramadan, which is great if you can do it, but do not forget to actually reflect upon what Allah is saying. Obtain a Qur’an with the English translation and read the tafsir of ten verses minimum each day. This is an achievable goal for anyone! 

Avoid backbiting: Sometimes we tend to forget that backbiting is a major sin. “There’s nothing wrong in some gossiping, right?” Wrong! Try to catch yourself when you realize you’re backbiting and stop immediately.

Pray Qiyam ul Layl: I know it gets hard with school and/or work, but try to wake up at least 15 minutes before suhoor each morning and pray. This is one of the times when du`a’ is readily answered, so make sincere du`a’, ask for forgiveness, and reconnect with Allah. From my personal experience, I know that it makes a world of difference.

Recognize your sins: Admitting that you are imperfect and depending on Allah is the first step – reflect on the causes of your sins and the harms they have done in your life. Think about the greatness of the One whom you have sinned against, and ask for forgiveness. Pick a sin that you commit and make it a point to avoid committing it during Ramadan. Then pick another sin and avoid that until you behave at your best, at all times, as though Allah (swt) is watching you. Which He is.

Share Ramadan with your neighbors: Our neighbors have a right to know about Ramadan, and it is our duty to inform them. Think of fun ways of sharing Ramadan with your neighbors. My siblings and I usually make Ramadan goodie bags and cards and put them in our neighbors’ mailboxes. Be creative.

Try the 1/3 food rule: I know this one super hard and may sound like a broken record, but really…try not to over eat this Ramadhan! The moment you feel nearly full – stop eating. Drink more, eat less. This is a goal that benefits others too as you can make two meals out of your one.

At the end of the day, whatever goals you choose to set for yourself, be sure to make them realistic and precise. Make a list of 5-10 goals you can reach to make this the most wonderful time of the year. Challenge yourself, but remember, you are going to have your limits so don’t be overly ambitious and expect a spiritual conversion overnight. Perhaps the most important advice to keep in mind is the saying of the Prophet ? , “The best deed before Allah is the most persistent one, albeit small.” (Muslim).
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19 comments:

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  4. Nice sharing! Let us improve our ibadah in this Ramadhan.

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  5. Good sharing btw, written with much knowledge. Salam ramadhan all the way from sabah :)

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  6. Perkongsian yang baik. Ramai yang berpuasa hanya menahan lapar dan dahaga, tapi perbuatan , kelakuan , percakapan belum tentu berpuasa sama. Yang paling penting kita kena jaga hati, time inilah nak bersih kan hati dari sifat sifat yang tak elok. Semoga kita dapat memperbaiki diri dari masa ke semasa, selamat berpuasa ye

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  7. Nice writing, Syamsid. Agreed with the line 'being able to fast the month of Ramadan is truly a gift.' Happy Ramadhan. :)

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  8. It's a wonderful writing... Gain more knowledge from this writing.. Btw, Salam Ramadhan, Mr. Syamsid... Thanks for visiting my blog before... Salam Ramadhan again wa barakallahu 'alaikum..

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  9. Menyambut puasa sememangnya menjadi suatu yang seronok tahun demi tahun. Seiring dengan pertambahan usia, cabaran berpuasa memberikan pengalaman berbeza. Semoga anda semua berhasil memanfaatkan kehadiran ramadhan dalam hidup kita. Sesungguhnya hanya orang-orang yang beriman amat mengerti maksud ramadhan yang sebenarnya. Tabarakallah

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  10. Dah habis Ramadhan, semoga dipertemukan dengan Ramadhan tahun hadapan :)

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