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Better Late than Never: Month of Goodies & A Blog Launch

photo (3)How do you feel when you manage to get up long after your alarm goes off?

What about when you miss your bus to school or work?

Or realise the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah (last month of Islamic calender) is almost over?

Those are moments you may feel like you have missed out on an opportunity. But, it is also at such times that it is good to remember – ”Better late than NEVER”. There is still a chance to seize whatever is left of the opportunity.

The first ten days of the month of Dhul Hijjah may almost be over but the opportunity for good still remains; goodness from charity, words of remembrance (from increasing in Tahleel, Takbeer and Tahmid); and sacrifice.

You also have the day of Arafah for absolute devotion and reflection – offering you an opportunity for reward upon reward.

”Fasting on the Day of Arafah expiates for the sins of the previous year and of the coming year ”[Muslim].

If you missed out on the fasting & good deeds of the past few days, go ahead and get started – grab the golden chance. It is ‘better late than later’ or not to try at all.

If you have an unfinished project; a plan that has stagnated or ideas gone rusty; pick yourself up NOW. You have a choice to revamp your plan/project and bring it back to life again, even if later than planned.

You may have to sacrifice more time, energy and resources but it is still your choice.

After much ado about my blog launch, a simple plugin update caused some minor glitches on the new site. Then my tech. assistant went AWOL.

Well, since the lesson for the month is that ‘it’s better late…’; here we go with a late launch.

Take a tour of my new Blog here. The site is all about Youth & it’s Opportunities.

Don’t pay too much attention to a few things that may look out of place, as some minor operations are still going on behind the scenes. Hope to get it sorted out real soon In Sha Allah [God Willing].

Enjoy the tour and share the goodies on the site with all those you care about.

Last Word. Maximize your day of Arafat – it’s not too late to seek the goodness of the blessed month….


[Welcoming Ramadan] #2: Think ‘Balance’


Balance (Photo credit: ant0720)

As we continue with the countdown to Ramadan, it is important to try and maintain a balanced outlook. The reality of fasting may not be the same as we wish to experience it, so rather than get over-ambitious with the planning, let us try to give each activity its due right.

Aa’id Abdullah al Qarni  described the righteous predecessors in his book Thirty lessons for Those Who Fast”, as ‘people who accepted fasting as a season for goodness and also an opportunity for competition’.

He further explains that when a person fasts, the soul is humbled, the heart is subdued, ambitions curbed and canal desires are dispelled. Thus, his/her prayers are answered because of his/her closeness to Allah”.

We should therefore strive to remain close to that primary path of reward from fasting; The path of gaining consciousness of Allah. And avoid getting overwhelmed from an overdose of plans – all aimed at gaining rewards.

Being excessively busy is no guarantee that one is engaging in rewarding deeds because the sincerity of intention and manner of striving matters a lot.

So, rather than plan to read the entire Qur’an two or more times during the entire Ramadan while holding a demanding job or running a business; And also caring for children or significant others after work hours; In addition to planning to attend nightly tarawih  and pray tahajjud.

Why not have a focus, say completing the Qur’an once – while reading the tafsir + translation along the way? The reward for reading the Qur’an should not be underestimated but appreciated so as to read it with attention and intention for the reward involved.

It is important to be realistic, knowing the limits of how much you can achieve in Ramadan due to responsibilities and priorities.

It is tempting to get carried away by the quantity of what we want to achieve – rather let’s switch that with a heart full of sincere intention and polishing one’s worship and actions during the month with it.

This is no way encouraging laziness or making excuses – but rather seeking balance, partaking in healthy competition for rewards, and maximising the opportunities within the special month.

Consider seeking balance in various circumstances during the month of fasting and even beyond.

  • Extravagance/ Waste vs. Miserliness  Think charity & sharing
  • Complete seclusion vs. Unnecessary socialisation  Think keeping ties & community projects
  • Overburdening the self vs. Laziness…    Think small but consistent acts
  • Wasting time with random activities  vs. Hanging around till iftaar time Think preserving time
  • Backbiting/ Slandering vs.  Sleeping all day & night Think pure speech e.g Reading the Qur’an & books of  Tafseer, engaging in Dhikr (remembrance) & Dawah.
  • Negligence in worship vs. Ignorance in worship Think consciousness in worship
  • Excuses + Regrets at sins and transgressions during fasting vs. Arrogance & show-off over the many acts of worship one is engaging in Think pleasure & submission from seeking blessings and rewards of fasting.

 Let’s countdown to a Balanced Ramadan!

Resources to getting you more Balanced In Sha Allah

Click HERE on ”Tips for Balancing Work, Home and Spiritual Obligations During Ramadan”. By Sr. Kimberley Ben

Click HERE on ”Working in Ramadan” by Sr. Saiyyidah Zaidi

Check out Part 1 of the [Welcoming Ramadan] series HERE, in case you have not read it.

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