When I started my blog I promised myself that I wouldn’t neglect it…whoops. The past few months have been busy and stressful and I regret not keeping up with my writing as it probably would have helped me cope with life. Writing is therapeutic for many people including myself but lately retail therapy has been my therapy of choice (haha).
I first wanted to write about the basics of Ramadan in case any of you reading are unaware or unsure about the definition!
Ramadan is the name of a month in the Islamic calendar that is significant to Muslims due to daily fasting. Muslims abstain from food and drink, as well as sexual activity from dawn until sunset. Refraining from sins such as backbiting and swearing is also a part of fasting. Extra worship, recitation of the Quran and good deeds such as helping others and charity are highly encouraged.
Fasting is not “starving yourself”. The body may be physically empty but there is emphasis on feeding the soul. There is so much hatred going on in the world where cruel individuals that have no compassion towards others are committing crimes with religion as an excuse. The world needs more love and respect for humanity. That topic needs it’s own post because of how much I could go on about it. I am mortified on how people can have it in their hearts to harm others like that. This is the time of the year where I feel that while we are abstaining from food we should put the rest of ourselves in perspective. How can we become better people and spread positivity and acceptance? Taking out cursing and gossiping from our language can be encouragement to say a kind word or do a nice gesture. It starts with ourselves and the little things we can do to bring more love into the world.
I was on instagram yesterday and I read this quote (if you have read my blog before you know my quote obsession) by Nashiha Pervin who is on Youtube. I wanted to share it because of how beautifully written it was and how much it resonated with me.
"You start to realize that not eating food or drinking water isn't the hard part. By subtracting food and wanter from our systems, all we're left with are our conscience, our habits and our inner most thoughts. And to some of us, what's sub conscience is one of the scariest, most terrifying things to face. Allah unveils everything to us about ourselves this month, that was left under a cover the entire year. And fasting and observing Ramadan is like Him saying "Face yourself, forgive yourself, so that I can forgive you."
How beautiful was that? She is such a beautiful writer! This is how I personally relate to Ramadan and what I want to get out of it this month.
We are all flawed, and once we face that and forgive and accept ourselves we can love who we are and spread love to other people. I don't mean to sound repetitive and I am aware that the topics I choose to write about have a similar theme, but this what I relate to and struggle with. If I can help even one person in anything I choose to share it is worth it for me.
I hope we all are able to make the most out of the last 10 days of this blessed month!
Lots of love :) <3