Ramadhan Diary #2 – 10 Days Left

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Asalam Alaykum everyone, I hope you are in the best of health and imaan. In my country we are entering the last ten days of Ramadhan. So far this is not my best Ramadhan at all. Apart from fasting, there is not much difference from the other months of the islamic year. Still, as there are 10 days left, I will try my best to multiply the acts of ibaadat.

My mistake is to actually think I can do better next year. Nonetheless am I sure to be alive for the next Ramadhan? No.

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Ramadan Diary #1

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Asalam Alaykum everyone. How are you? And what about your Ramadan? Alhamdulillah, I finally got a little time to update my blog. I am so happy to be able to do that. You truely find happiness in simple things right? Well this is just to share what’s going on in my life lately 😀

Well, let’s start with Ramadan. Fasting is going pretty well. I am glad I no longer spend the whole day sleeping (knock knock Fatma, I am alluding to your article here :D). Furthermore, I cook simple meals. I hate spending the whole day in the kitchen cooking complicated meals. I find it to be a total waste of time especially when you end up having a huge amount of food at the end of the day, not knowing what to do with them. So, I said STOP. No more of that! By the way, I can’t believe we are almost reaching half the month of Ramadhan, time flies, time flies, time flieeees!!

Secondly, a few words about my personal life. I have lot of projects in my mind and in sh Allah I am working on them so that they can come true. I feel alive and I am glad to work on things to break away from the routine as a housewife. Actually, I do feel from the depth of my heart that the life of a housewife does not suit me. I am used to a lifestyle where I have to be productive and active while when being at home, I always do the same things and I feel dumb, quite dead, almost like a robot. In sh Allah things are about to change.

I might be criticized by others who are of the opinion that women ought to stay at home and take care of their children’s education. Nonetheless, there is something inside of me that tells me I have to do more than that. Indeed I wish to work so that I can provide a better life for my son. His dad quitted his job, I don’t really know why as he always gives different reasons. Consequently, I find myself obliged to work as the father of my son seems not to be interested in looking for another job. He even told me he does not mind if on the contrary I’d be the one working while he stays at home. I am shocked, Allahu Alam.

All that aside, despite the ups and downs of life I am very excited because now I have set some goals in life for me and my son. When you set goals and you do your best to make them work, you feel lively, you feel you are good for something and you’ll do whatever is possible to work on “your mission”. Sometimes it takes time for us to realize what we are really good at and in which ways we can help the ummah. But once you find how you can take part in improving the world just a little bit, it is such a sweet a delight. Alhamdulillah, ya Allah!

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Ramadan Mubarak

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I’m quite late but I do want to wish to you all brothers and sisters a Blessed Ramadan. I remember last year having read a post from a sister who compared Ramadan as a long lost friend that you meet once again. She expressed the various emotions we go through when meeting Ramadan every year and she was right.

You know few days before the start of Ramadan, I was worried and scared about how I will spend this year. I am actually feeling spiritually low and I was not happy to know that Ramadan was coming (Astaghfirullah, I know shame on me). However when The Imam on TV claimed that the moon was seen in our country hence Ramadan began, I was so happy and full of tears. I won’t be able to explain that behaviour.

Ramadan is magical, it is beautiful. It is a month full of blessings, a month when we can do our best to change our bad habbits, to pray to Allah and seek His forgiveness. Also, let’s not forget the rewards we get from our good actions are multiplied. Mash Allah.

Now I am tensed for Eid, but that’s another story!!!

Belated Eid Mubarak / Ramadan News

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Asalam Alaykum my dear friends. Sorry for being late in wishing you Eid Mubarak. I hope it went well and that you enjoyed time with family or friends. I know some people who spent Eid alone, this is sad I could never imagine that such a thing could happen 😦 It also makes me realize that not every muslim on earth could buy new clothes or shoes. Some kids could not get gifts, some muslim family could not afford a meal or spend Eid under a shelter.

But I know that Allah is Just and in sh Allah better things awaits such people 🙂 My dear brothers and sisters, let us not forget them, we can help the ummah by making a donation or simply praying for them. Many people think that duas will change nothing to their situations but this is wrong. When duas are from the heart and when they are sincere, they can change the world. I believe duas when being constant, regular, honest and sincere they always come true.

Now I am changing the topic and going back to Ramadhan. Alhamdulillah it was far better than last year. I could read Qur’an regularly, pray some Tarawih, do some dhikr and managed to pray with concentration. Last year was really horrible I did not know how to manage with my baby, my acts of ibadat and the household chores. The only thing is I spent less time blogging while I had the intention of sharing some knowledge related to Ramadhan but it’s not a big deal. Last thing I’d like to say is I really felt sad when I was into the last days of Ramadhan. I remember a sister who blogged on Ramadhan saying it is like a friend you had not seen for long and once you meet him/her you welcome him/her with a huge hug. So when Ramadhan went my heart was feeling low and sad.

However, I have learnt new things especially on how to manage Ramadhan. I wish to apply them for the next year in sh Allah. I will always bear in mind those who have hard time and whenever I can I will help them let it be in the form of duas, giving some of my time, giving money or food.

Ramadhan tips: Suhoor

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Today I wanted to know more about suhoor (pre dawn meal). Very often I tend to ignore it and I think this won’t happen again because of the following ahadeeth. I am posting them in both English and French (because by reading too much in English I have forgotten this language)

Before going further, do check out the article on Productive Muslim called The Ultimate 10 Step Suhoor Guide“. It gives you tips on how to wake up for suhoor and wht it is advisable to eat at that time in order not to feel hungry while fasting.

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ENGLISH VERSION

Amr ibn al – Aas (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) said:

“The difference between our fasting and that of the people of the Book is eating shortly before dawn” 

[Muslim].

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Aboo Saeed al–Khudree narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (May Allah be pleased with him) said:

“Taking the pre-dawn meal in Ramadan is a blessing, so do not leave it, be it just drinking a mouthful of water. For Allah the Noble and the Mighty, and His angels send blessings over those who have taken the pre-dawn meal”

 [Ahmad].

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VERSION FRANÇAISE

D’après ‘Amr Ibn Al Ass (qu’Allah l’agrée), le Prophète (que la prière d’Allah et son salut soient sur lui) a dit:

« La différence entre notre jeûne et le jeûne des Gens du Livre est le repas du sahour ».

(Rapporté par Mouslim dans son Sahih n°1096)

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D’après Abou Said Al Khoudri (qu’Allah l’agrée), le Prophète (que la prière d’Allah et son salut soient sur lui) a dit:

« Manger le sahour est une bénédiction ainsi ne le délaissez pas même si l’un d’entre vous ne prend qu’une gorgée d’eau car certes Allah et ses anges prient (*) sur ceux qui mangent le sahour ».


(Rapporté par Ahmed dans son Mousnad n°1186 et authentifié par Cheikh Albani dans Sahih Al Jami n°3683)

(*) Les savants expliquent que la prière d’Allah signifie le fait qu’il mentionne son serviteur auprès des anges qui lui sont rapprochés et la prière des anges signifie le fait qu’ils font des invocations pour la personne.

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Ramadhan Mubarak my dear Friends !

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Asalam Alaykum everyone, I would like to start by wishing you all a blessed month of Ramadhan. May Allah help us reap as much rewards as possible. May this month be the time when we can purify our soul and body from bad habits, sins and ill emotions. May this month be the time when we forgive those who wronged us and ask forgiveness to those whom we have hurt.

Well, to help me get motivated during this month , I got the idea of writing down tips/knowledge I will find about Ramadhan. In fact, even though I am a Muslim I have a very poor knowledge about this month. It is more than refraining oneself from eating and drinking ; and that is what I want to know about. So every two/three days I will try to share on my blog what I learnt and I hope it will make me become more conscious of this blessed month. On the other hand, as I acquire these knowledge I will be able to strive in doing more acts of ibadat (worship) and to better myself in sh Allah.

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