In Anticipation of Ramadān…

Come, Ramadān, and welcome. Oh, how we have missed you. Month of mercy; month of peace; month in which blessings fall like heavy redemptive rainfall. Come, Ramadān, and hurry. 

Ramadān is the best time – a wonderful and unique opportunity – in which to renew oneself. Spiritually, and physically, and in terms of all our emotional attachments and stresses. In this month, we are truly reminded of what our purposes are, here, and of the realities of this life. Fasting brings about mental clarity; it quells certain spiritual ailments, such as our inclinations towards gluttony as well as our more carnal desires. And Ramadān is a great time to contemplate, and to truly and deeply ask of ourselves: who am I? What are my faults? And how can I be better? Ramadān is an ideal time in which to convert restlessness into peace; deep worldly attachments that weigh heavy on the heart, into spiritual beauty and lightnesses; all past regrets and mistakes into contentment and positive action.

Truly blessed is he or she who makes the most of this holy month: spending time at the mosque, studying for upcoming exams there, perhaps, and then getting up every so often so as to enjoin in congregational prayers. Sharing Ifthar with others: there is so much Barakah in this. Those blissful little naps that we take throughout the day; the anticipatory hour before the breaking of the fast; that first gulp of crisp cold water as soon as the time arrives…

Roughly thirty days, characterised by sacrifices, and hunger, and a widespread atmospheric stillness, and by a potent potential for powerful self-development. Love, and community, and charity. The most splendid nights experienced after Tarawih prayers – when the floodgates of the mosque open, and when worshippers ooze out onto warmly-lit streets like molasses.

Come, Ramadān, and hurry. Our souls, right now, are in dire need of you. We find ourselves down here, stargazing, and thinking of you, and eagerly awaiting the first signs of your moon…

New Ramadān, New Moon, New You. Bismillah.

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