Last night (or early this morning), after I had finished and posted my blog post, I realised that I am really enjoying Ramadan. Not in a 'it's fine for now, and I'm sure I'm getting a lot out of it' - which is fine - but in the way a child enjoys an adventure. For … Continue reading Ramadan Reflections, Day 20: The Final Ten Days
Mindfulness has often occurred to me as the new quasi-spiritual secular practice which offers a lot of the benefits of faith worship - being centred, present, connected to yourself - without the 'obligation' to a Higher Power. In an age like ours, freedom seems to be increasingly redefined as having no restrictions, no commitments, no … Continue reading Ramadan Reflections, Day 19: Faith and/or Mindfulness?
A few years ago, I bought and read a wonderful book called Love in the Holy Qur'an. It was a well-researched yet readable study of how the Qur'an talks about love in all its guises; its premise was that the Holy Book covers every aspect of love that humans will encounter, including divine love with … Continue reading Ramadan Reflections, Day 18: He loves me!
I came across this passage in the Qur'an the other day: 'Serve Allah and join not any partners with Him: and do good - to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, those in need, neighbours who are near, neighbours who are strangers, the companion by your side, the way-farer (ye meet), and what your right hands possess: for … Continue reading Ramadan Reflections, Day 17: Good Conduct
I have got a busy few days coming up, starting from today, meaning early starts and late finishes. This means that juggling my various goals for Ramadan - which already feels like spinning numerous plates on a quiet day - will become even more of a challenge. I will have to try and squeeze reading … Continue reading Ramadan Reflections, Day 16: Two Minutes
I had a small money miracle today that made my day. No, week. Actually, possibly half year. By 'money miracle', I mean something happening involving money - whether spending it, saving it, receiving it, finding it - that wasn't going to happen, or I never expected to happen. But it did. It involved getting something … Continue reading Ramadan Reflections, Day 15: Wealth
The all-nighters have begun. The time between fast ending (iftar) and fast beginning (suhur) is, for those in the UK, becoming shorter as the days get longer, and so I have readopted the practice of staying up for all the eating hours I have, and then sleeping after the morning prayer. I am aware that … Continue reading Ramadan Reflections, Day 14: Laziness
A conversation with a friend left me with this: Forgiveness is not about letting go of somebody's faults or mistakes, for that implies that they have done something wrong. Forgiveness is being able to say that they did nothing wrong at all. I am still processing the magnitude of what forgiveness would actually look like … Continue reading Ramadan Reflections, Day 13: Forgiveness
Here's how a number of people approach fasting: they go about their normal day-to-day lives, eating, drinking et al, and when Ramadan comes they throw themselves into a completely different daily routine for 30 days, cope as best they can, and then resume their normal routine afterwards. It's a blip in their calendar, maybe even … Continue reading Ramadan Reflections, Day 12: Well Being
Here's the great thing about sharing yourself with the universe: you have an audit trail of what you shared when you've forgotten it yourself. I just re-read my post from last year, where I shared my Ramadan goals. For reference, here they are: Read the Quran in translation (and listen to the Arabic recitation) Read … Continue reading Ramadan Reflections, Day 11: Goals