Ramadan is starting on Saturday 25th April in South Africa – according on the sighting of the new moon – and I am completely beyond excited! I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit sad too though.. With covid19 this Ramadan will be a bit different because we won’t be able to have family iftaar’s, we won’t be able to attend mosque for taraweeh (prayer) nor for layl sallah, but that does not mean this blessed month will be any less special. It does not mean we cannot turn our homes into sanctuaries of worship. It does not mean the mercy and blessings of Allah will be any less. I know it’s sad. Trust me. My heart yearns to be in the masjied with friends and family, all praying together and gaining closeness to our Creator. But our sacrifice is not in vain. Allah sees our efforts and surely He will reward us for it.
I know it’s hard but please stay home and stay away from family you don’t live with. You might feel fine and might think this virus is just a flu, but if you leave your home for family gatherings and you don’t know you have the virus – because you are young and your immune system is strong – you might infect your elderly aunt or uncle, your elderly parents, your grandparents, and because of their age or health condition it could be fatal to them.
Allah says in the Quran in surahtul Maaidah; “if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind” (5:32) So please, stay home. Protect your family and loved ones.
Despite the lockdown I can still feel the change in atmosphere. I feel calm, and ready for this beautiful spiritual month.
For my non Muslim readers, Ramadan is a month in which it is compulsory for all Muslims who has reached puberty to fast. We fast from the break of dawn to sunset, which in South Africa is from around 6am to 6:20pm. Ramadan is also a month in which the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of hell are closed.
It is narrated by Abu Huraira Radiallahu Anhu: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.” -Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 3, Book 31, Hadith 123
Not only is this month ascribed to us to abstain from food or drink, but rather to abstain from all unlawful acts. It is a month in which you train yourself to abstain from wrongful/unlawful/forbidden acts – a month of pure spiritual upliftment. Because the devil is chained in Ramadan it means all forbidden acts you indulge in is of your own accord, you cannot blame the devil for it. So ramadan gives us an opportunity to reflect on our actions and to change our habits and better ourselves. Ramadan is also the month is which The Holy Qur’an (the book of Allah) was revealed to our beloved Prophet. The Qur’an has been left as a guidance for those who believe. I hope and pray that we use this month to rekindle our relationship with Allah’s book. May it be a source of everlasting light in both our hearts and our lives, Ameen.
I wanted to share something quite special with you guys, which you can print out. If you’re like me, and you enjoy planners and to-do-lists, you will thoroughly enjoy this little ‘Ramadan Planner’. If you enjoy scrapbooking as I do (well, occasionally) you could personalize this planner and have some fun with it. If you have children, you could even have them decorate the pages to occupy them and make this month exciting for them, too! Perhaps with every day they have completed fasting (whether it is half / full day) they could tick it off, and you could get them something small for every 10 days they complete. In no way should you tell them “if you fast, I will buy you this or that” no, I don’t think that’s a good idea because then they will do it for the wrong reasons. Rather, explain to them that they should do it for Allah, and if they want gifts they should make duaa at the time of Iftaar, and ask the One Who Loves To Give. Perhaps every 10 days you get them something small and tell them that it is a blessing from Allah, because it is. Even if we buy it ourselves, it is still a blessing from Allah. I i am not a parent so I’m not trying to tell anyone how to raise their kids, however I work with kids of all ages and I find that from a young age these kids start building a foundation based on what you teach them. So teach them this: sure, A is for apple, but first and foremost, A is for Allah, our Creator. Teach them to love Allah. Teach them about Ramadan, about Salaah, about our beloved Prophet (SAW). Teach them from a young age, and watch them prosper into amazing, young Muslims, In Shaa Allah (God Willing).
I know you guys all love beauty as much as I do but I just want to say, let’s use this Holy Month to focus on our inner beauty, instead of our makeup/outer beauty. Let’s focus on the beauty of our hearts, because what is a beautiful face, without a beautiful heart? What’s the use of being on “fleek” when your soul is on weak?
So, my lovlies, may Allah grant us not only brows that are on “fleek” , but hearts and manners that will be “fleeky” too, Ameen.
Another blogger, Munira from A Touch Of Starlight blog has some lovely Ramadaan printables on her blog which you can find here.
Please remember me and my family in your duaas, and I hope this planner will be beneficial to you all, In Shaa Allah. ramadanplanner
May this ramadan be one of spiritual rejuvenation and may Allah protect us all from disease and calamities and heal the world from covid-19. May He grant jannah (paradise) to those who has passed on and fill their graves with His light, Ameen.
Warm Ramadaan wishes from my family to yours. Please remember all of our brothers and sisters all around the globe in your duaas.