The month of Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was sent down,
a guidance for the people, and clear verses of guidance and criterion.
[Quran: Chapter 2:183]


Saturday, August 22, 2009

First Day of Fasting Ramadan 2009

Ramadan Reflections contributed byWorldly Muslimah

The first day of fasting during the month of Ramadan has always been the hardest. The usual routine is no longer the same. The morning hot drink (typically tea or coffee) - the first item of ingestion into the body - that perks one up from slumber is no longer there.

The lethargy sets in as the body struggles to stay awake unused as it is to the sudden caffeine-deprivation.

The first few hours of the morning are definitely the hardest.

Then the daily activities ensues and you push yourself through the day. And somehow the time flies by.

Before long it is time to break the fast.

But that is not merely what the fast is supposed to be.

We are also supposed to increase remembrance of God through prayer and reflection.

But the hunger pangs of the first day of Ramadan made this near impossible. However, the body will get used to the fasting in a few days and so will be able to focus on the main goal of Ramadan - to further strenghten the relationship between Man and Creator.

"When My servants ask you about Me, I am always near. I answer their prayers when they pray to Me. The people shall respond to Me and believe in Me, in order to be guided."

~ [al-Baqarah, 2:186]

"O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint."

~ [al-Baqarah, 2:183]


Special Ramadan Series

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Ramadan Mubarak. We wish you a blessed and productive Ramadan! Make no mistake about it - keeping the fast and increasing our acts of worship during this blessed month is not an easy task. The physical demands of balancing work or school with fasting all day, feeling fatigued and less effective than you normally are, waking up for Suhoor, praying Teraweeh and Tahajjud prayers, dealing with sleep deficits.

But the last thing we would want is to let Ramadan pass us by without doing all that we aim and desire to. Do not allow yourself to feel guilty or regretful when Ramadan passes.

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