Marhaban ya Ramadhan
OK, so I planned to post this at the beginning of Ramadhan but internet connections have been sloooow this past week.
Ramadhan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. I’m sure most of you know that we perform fasting during this month. We’re now 9 days into Ramadhan so almost finishing the first 10 days. For those not familiar with Ramadhan, the month is generally divided into 3 sections of 10 days, each 10 days having its own meaning. The first 10 days is I believe to be “rahmah” where everything we do is blessed. It’s the “easiest” 10 days. The second 10 days is “barokah”, a step up from “rahmah”. The section that people are aiming for is the last 10 days, called “maghfirah” where it contains the Lailatul Qadar night, which means “Night of 1000 moons”. It is mentioned in the Qur’an that whoever achieves the Lailatul Qadar will be absolved from their sins and guaranteed a path to heaven… a wonderful thing indeed but here’s the thing… They don’t actually tell you WHEN exactly is Lailatul Qadar so you better be on your best behavior during that last 10 days.
Three guesses to what I’m looking for, and the first two don’t count.
To be honest the past few Ramadhans for me have been spiritually less than satisfactory because I have reaaally busy with “worldly work”. This year I promise to be better at grasping the true meaning of Ramadhan which not merely controlling hunger, thirst, & other desires or emotions during the day but Ramadhan is when you strengthen your faith, taking one step further in becoming a better human being, because what’s more important is that you feel the transformation even after Ramadhan is over…
Have a blessed Ramadhan everyone!