Blessings of Ramadan: a personal reflection

by Sprinkle of Surprise

Ramadan Geylang Serai, Singapore: https://flic.kr/p/6VsH5v
Ramadan Geylang Serai, Singapore: https://flic.kr/p/6VsH5v

Ramadan. This month means so many different things to so many different people. For some this is another month, for others, this is the time of utmost importance. Everyone performs various religious duties as they see fit this month, what ties us all together is the fasting. Fasting by abstaining from food & other acts that will break our fasts. Recitation of the Quran is at its peak this month, as are iftar get togethers & gatherings at the masjid.

As a child, I loved waking up for sehri* / sahoor with my parents thinking I was so cool eating in the middle of the night. As I got older, the less and less cool this became and the more tired I felt eating at such odd times of the night. All through most of my life, I never truly understood or cared enough to understand the true meaning and gains one can receive through this month. It hasn’t been until this past year, when I truly did a lot of soul searching and found the need, desire, passion and joy in praying to Allah & trying to better myself as a Muslim girl living in America.

This Ramadan for me is different than any of my last. I feel like I am truly fasting for the first time in my life. The fasts this year are extremely long and extremely testing. I work full time and this year for the first time I’m keeping my fasts without waking up for sehri. I have iftar at normal iftar time, and an hour or two later I just eat something light which is my sehri. I can’t wake up in the middle of the night any more like I used to as a child. Sigh, adult life problems.

Besides the actual abstaining from food, I have also told my coworkers of this month. They’re all so supportive and questioning (as they all are) but I still take my lunch break with them and they eat while I pass time. It doesn’t bother me, and it helps keep the regularity in my work day. For the first time this Ramadan, I am not listening to music for this whole month. I know for some people that is normal during this month, but I was never one of those people. This year I felt like I should keep myself from that as well, and so far I am succeeding. I have a long drive to and from work, so I now I put youtube on as I drive listening to naats.

“I am proud of myself for making these changes & feeling a difference in myself this Ramadan. I hope I can continue this in the next few years and better myself as a Muslim.”

With Eid approaching in almost a week, Eid fashion is all the hype amongst Muslim girls these days. Every time I go to an iftar party or the Mosque, this becomes a topic of discussion. Being a Pakistani Muslim, our Eids are even more extravagant than they probably should be. One of our Mosque’s in the state I live in, holds an ‘Eid Chaand Raat’ a week before Eid—This year it is July 10—where a bunch of clothing vendors come to sell their clothes. We go to this every year as the selection is so wide and it’s a good time to invest in some new clothes. I can’t wait to go shopping this weekend for a new outfit. I’m not sure yet of what I would like to buy, but we’ll see, if I find something nice, then it will be my Eid outfit.

Traditional sweet cakes and desserts served in Ramadan. https://flic.kr/p/uub3gf
Traditional sweet cakes and desserts served in Ramadan. https://flic.kr/p/uub3gf

Eid clothing & food is one of the many ways that Muslims celebrate Eid. It’s my favorite part of the holiday as it gives us all an excuse to look nice and dress up to celebrate the end of this beautiful month. The food we eat, especially in the Pakistani/Indian community, for Eid, is truly a feast. So much food is made and eaten, I always feel too full after Eid. But we should all be thankful that we are blessed with such meals on a daily basis, and especially on Eid. There are so many Muslims around the world starving and cannot enjoy these simple luxuries we have.

I hope your Ramadan is a blessed one and a very Eid Mubarak to you and your family! ☺

*’Sehri is essentially the time of the morning meal. We wake at 3 am to eat something, before morning prayer time-the time our fasts begin.

Sprinkle of Surprise is a 20 something year old girl living in the USA. She writes a personal blog ‘Sprinkle of Surprise’ documenting moments of her life and experiences. She enjoy’s writing about her life, beauty, fashion, and healthy lifestyle. She would love it if you follow her on her blog and Instagram @sprinkleofsurprise

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