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The age old Eid dilemma

It seems like Eid has been split once again across two days……. Half of my family are celebrating Eid tomorrow and the other half on Saturday…… For once why can’t there be a unanimous decision on when Eid is…..

Anyway Eid Mubarak to you all……….May Allah help us continue the good habits we have acquired during Ramadan…… Ameen

Not a happy bunny

Last week has just been such a testing time!!! It started with PMS and then went on to my car breaking down in the middle of no where to me getting a monstrous ear infection caused by the cold that was circling the office which in turn ruptured by ear drum. I was up all night crying like a baby as the pain was unbearable (You could literally hear me barling down the road – and yes my pain threshold is very low) and today I’m in bed not being able to hear anything with my left ear apart from a constant ringing………. *sighs*

On top of things it might be Eid tomorrow and I’m in no state to start circling relatives houses. As for Eid clothes I bought some material but left it too late to give to a tailor to get sewn….. (Its times like this I wish I knew how to sew.. ), luckily I found some clothes that I had bought last year that I never got to wore so I guess they’ll have to do….

Things can only get better ???!!!??

Lapsing in ibaadat….

So the last couple of days I’ve been lapsing in my ibaadat…. I’m not reading enough quran majid and my mind is beginning to wonder about worldly things whilst I’m praying which is not a good sign.  I’m also having mood swings resulting in me throwing a couple of hissy fits now and again.  This could be because PMS is approaching but none the less my short fuse needs to be kept under wraps at least for this month.

 How do you keep your minds focused when you’re praying??? Sometimes when i catch myself drifting I try to snap out of it by reminding myself that I’m standing before my lord…. but thats only when i catch myself drifting away….. I guess learning to understand more arabic might help…. no???

Sakina

A week of Ramadhan has past already and I’m feeling an amazing peaceful tranquality & reassurance (otherwise known as sakina) that this blessed month always brings.  I’ve got no words to describe the feeling but this nasheed by native deen might some it up……

Temptations

It’s taken me a while to get into the momentum of things this year……. The fasting hasn’t been so bad but sleeping only for 5 hours a day has proved to be very testing. That and passing through the Krispy Kreme store or the array of take a ways where the aroma of donuts or doner meat tries to lure me in……

At work I also had the usual array of questions that Suga mentioned in her blog but this year my colleagues decided they were going to give me their lunches or penny sweets to hold whilst they questioned me as to why I’m torturing myself.  The worst bit is the same people ask me the same questions year after year!!!

Next year I plan to draw up some FAQs and make sure I distribute them amongst my colleagues prior to ramadan….

Ramadan Kareem

I wish you all a blessed Eid… May Allah SWT accept our prayers, our charity, our fasts and our good deeds…. Ameen.

My Goals for Ramadan

As the first taraweeh prayer commences tomorrow night, I have used today to set myself some clear cut goals to help me achieve a deeper sense of spritual awareness. Inspired from 10 great goals to set for this Ramadan and The objectives of ramadhan fasting

1. To Learn at least 4 new Surahs during the course of the month.

2. Inshallah to complete the quran majid at least once during the course of the month. To improve my tawjeed skills by emulating the recitation of a sheikh/hafiz.

3. To try & pray the taraweeh prayer in congregation

4. Increase dhikr “Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah: for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction (Qur’an, 13:28).”

5. Focusing on learning/reading more on the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH)

6. Avoid excessive spending.

7. The biggest goal – to not just do the above for just the course of ramadhan but to inshallah continue afterwards which will also help me focus on jihad al nafs (the fight against the inner evils).

Please share your goals for Ramadhan here………

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