The blessing Ramadan 2011 has ended, mine was great, how about yours? This year’s Ramadan again has helped me reset my spiritual compass and give my life a renewed direction.
If you don’t know, for Muslims, Ramadan is a time of increased worship in our lives. In addition to the fasting, there is often an increase in other areas of worship, for instance, the reading of Qur’an and giving in charity. It is also the time to increased connections, which are:
* Through remembrance of God and the search to please Him to increased connection to Him.
* Through the collective of fasting to increased connection to the Ummah.
* Through the shared intimacy of fasting and breaking the fast together to increased connection to the family and close friends, and
* Through the act of fasting and stripping away externalities to increased connection to one’s inner self,
Beside other things I learnt and gained benefit, Ramadan also brought more discipline into my life, it has taught me that to meet the target of completing the fasts one has to be steadfast in adversity, and patient perseverance is important.
“Give glad tidings to those who exercise patience when struck with adversity and say, ‘Indeed, we belong to God and to Him is our return.’ Such ones receive [the] blessings and mercy of their Lord, and such are the guided ones.” (Qur’an 2:155)
Another great thing I experienced (greater self-awareness) in the Ramadan is to watch out and control the anger. The Prophet (peace be upon him) advised, “Do not become angry”, and those who control their anger are described by the Qur’an as well, “Those who spend (in God’s cause) in prosperity and in adversity, who repress their anger, and who pardon men, verily, God loves those that do good.” (3:133-134).
Anyway, let’s keep up that Ramadan spirit and let your life shine. To make the goal, it is worth remembering that you are a creation of the Most High, and of the best of creations. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “God is merciful towards the one who knows his worth.”
By saying that, the pictures that I shared in below this video are some of the activities I did in the Ramadan and Eid Ul Fitra 2011.
You will see the people who I spent time with – orphans from BaanHaThaiRak orphanage, friend’s kids and sisters. Also the places I went – beach, mosque and etc.
The background music is from Sami Yusuf – “Who is the Loved One”.
Hope you like the video, thank you for watching it and read this article.