Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Marking the Start of Ramadan Posts - Ramadan Mubarak to You!
It's only been a few days since Ramadan has started and I've already learnt a few things.
A) Ramadan is a great moment for dawah. I was so touched when my boss at work came to realize that my Ramadan was approaching, she thought about making Ramadan easier for me more than I was thinking about it. She wants to make sure she doesn't eat lunch in front of me and wants to hide all the tempting chocolate goodies we girls stock up at work. She was curious about Ramadan and how it is different here than abroad.
B) This reminded me of Ramadan in college in San Francisco where a few of my white friends would fast with me in solidarity with Muslims suffering at the hands of imperialism and war on terror (i.e Palestinians, Afghans and Iraqis to name a few). My South Indian friend would wake up with me for suhoor because she felt bad that I had to eat in my dorm room alone.
C) It was also the moment when I came to really admire a Jew teacher of mine. Out of all the other professors who I had to ask for a holiday on the day of Eid, she was the most forth-coming. In fact she was almost upset that I had to "ask" for it. She was the first person to have taught me to demand it as a right!
D) But most importantly, what I realized was how much Allah wants to make life for us easy only if we approach it with half the right attitude. 16 hours is a pretty long fasting day undoubtedly and initially I was only surrounded by Muslims who were near-complaining about the hours and suggesting that every person in their right frame of mind should skip it. They made it sound like we would be exempted because 16 hours is too long any way. One person in particular suggested that as a good wife she should explain to her husband how its bad for his health that he should fast while working. It makes money more important than what Allah has asked for. But then I also came across those who preached that patience will make it easy for us and our bodies will suggest. Many thanks to Allah, surely not even the first fasting day was tough leave alone the rest. We have not been feeling thirsty or hungry and for some odd reason I feel more energetic at work than the days I am thinking more about food.
E) The above instance reminded of the fact that "when you take one step towards Allah, Allah takes 10 steps towards you." We have been thinking about going for tarawih but initially thought that we would have to work out our time table and just stand by our resolve alone and walk it to the nearest mosque. Just the night before Ramadan, we only came across old friends or neighbors who themselves were thinking of going for tarawih every night starting this year. Alhamdulillah, Allah sure does have ways of making life easier for us.
With this note in mind, through out Ramadan I am going to be posting notes related to different aspects of Ramadan lifestyle. If you do have any input, suggestions or comments feel free to post here.