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[Welcoming Ramadhan Series] #1: Plan Ahead

A crecent moon can be seen over palm trees at ...

A crecent moon can be seen over palm trees at sunset in Manama, Bahrain, marking the beginning of the Muslim month of Ramadan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just like a long lost & dear friend, there is so much anticipation already for the arrival of the special month of FastingRamadhan. It seems like only  yesterday when we enjoyed the days and nights of Ramadan & Eid celebration.

Yet a full cycle has gone by, 11 months of the lunar calendar. Amazingly true, though quite scary – how our lives move through the changing of days into nights and nights into day.

Ramadhan is packed with so many blessings – the merits and goodness of which are too many to detail here. We can reap it’s many benefits by preparing from now. And as it’s commonly chanted ”He who fails to plan, plans to fail”. One of the best preparations is to fast a lot in the preceding month of Sha’ban which we are presently witnessing.

Having a planner is advisable;  to detail your Ramadhan activities; While keeping in mind how best to optimise the day and night times, and also putting in mind family and work responsibilities. It is not uncommon for the month to go pass with many people filled with regrets, because they slept through the nights and ate too much at the time of breaking their fast and probably also slept or chatted through the daytimes.

Why not pick 2-3 habits to develop during this month such as daily recitation of the Qur’an, daily night prayers (tahajjud), daily charity and striving to button those lips.

We must strive to avoid all backbiting, false words/acts in trying to safeguard our limbs and tongue from all sinful acts during this month but especially beginning from this very moment.

Our beloved Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said in regard to that, ”For he who does not leave off saying falsehood and acting upon it, Allah has no need for him to leave his food and drink.” [Bukhari and Ahmed].

What a beautiful advice! Whether in this coming month or outside of it.

Ramadhan help builds a worthy character and if we strive hard enough, we could reform our ways easily in this month. We should all plan to perform as much worship as possible in Ramadhan and especially in the last ten days.

Start working on a Ramadhan planner today or get a readymade one to ease your task.

So many who reaped the fruits of last Ramadhan will not make it to experience this year’s fasting. If you make it to this coming Ramadhan; try to make it your most Amazing Ramadhan.

Let’s welcome this special month by planning ahead and reminding others to do the same. There is so much goodness for everyone to benefit from and In Sha Allah (God Willing), an opportunity reform our characters and strengthen our relationship with our Creator.

And let us remember the wisdom behind fasting; as found in the Qur’an – where Allah declared ”O you who have attained to faith! Fasting is ordained for you as it was ordained for those before you, so that you may remain conscious of God”. [Q2. V183]

On your mark, let’s countdown to an Amazing Ramadhan!

Amazingly Useful Resources

1. The ULTIMATE Ramadan Planner

2. Heart wheel journal


Woman’s Nature

~ Nature Trail Eye Play~

~ Nature Trail Eye Play~ (Photo credit: ViaMoi)

A woman adds value and flavour to the lives of all those around her – as a friend, daughter, mother, sister, employer, colleague and in so many other different roles.

Even better is the value she nurtures within – in her heart, but seen through her actions and from her words. Her amazing ways reveal itself in a maze-like course; Sometimes straight and direct while at other times curvy and confusing.

She builds relationships from huge fountains of love, and with lots of compassion to share. She does this in her own unique way, using her special language. Her caring self rarely diminishes but when her angry side overcomes, it can crash structures.

Some of her emotions run so deep, they get buried and lost forever. Others are manifested in the most creative ways inspiring the like-minded and even strangers.

Strong from the core to the outside – she builds empires by day; Leading teams to success. Then constantly nourishes her mind, body & soul with doses of quality knowledge, inspiration and company.

She adapts to the twists and turns of the rollercoaster ride that life offers. With a thinking hat that is never far away, her thoughts rove far and wide. Reflecting on today, tomorrow & even yesterday.

She graces the home with radiant light from her presence and a gift of patience. But when the  patience cracks, the light & its beauty diminishes to darkness and coldness.

Though sometimes feisty – brimming with different kinds of spicy emotions – one thing remains unchanged, her soft caramel infused heart.

And other times so selfless to the extent of even forgetting herself – her successes and greatest needs. She remembers the world in her big heart but may forget herself – taking for granted all that lies within.

She endures and commits with all that she has. Nurturing her faith, younger ones and community through different acts of contribution. Her commitment and strong determination allows her face up to mountains of adversity.

With faith as her pillar; knowledge as her foundation; sacrifice as a companion… she continues to radiate warmth and always giving a lot to be remembered for.

Every woman is a special part of nature.

Your inner strength shields you, directing your path; It overflows and oozes forth to shine a bright light as an example for others.

Keep shining and remember that it’s your time to shine. Shine with hope, even as you struggle to hug your secrets within and carefully guard your choices. Celebrate your womanhood everyday wrapped in absolute faith….. teaming only with the purpose-driven.

Honour this gift that is only a woman’s – her superb nature.

This post is dedicated to the faithified woman.

Stay Faithified!

 Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah ‘s Apostle said,

 “Treat women nicely, for a women is created from a rib, and the most curved portion of the rib is its upper portion, so, if you should try to straighten it, it will break, but if you leave it as it is, it will remain crooked. So treat women nicely.”

 [Found in The Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Book 55: Prophets, Number 548]

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