Just wanted to send a Ramadan Mubarak to all readers of the blog…
It’s dawn on Ramadan Eve and I’m just pondering on this year from last. It feels like so much has happened. Crazy snow winter, Texas in the Spring, not to mention The Arab Spring!, the Summer social season, friends, dramas, births, deaths. I think back to the words of my Khateeb on Friday who mentioned that some people that experienced Ramadan last year with us are not with us here this year. They have gone back Home he reminded us. No one knows if they will even make it from Ramadan to Ramadan. What a blessing indeed if we are able to reach its shores.
I can’t say I’m particularly ready for Ramadan. I still have so many things to take care of…like my car which won’t start! laundry, zakat. bills. I have like 5 baby gifts that I’m supposed to be mailing/giving to ppl. I haven’t even baked anything! And you know that’s just not right! [I'll have to remedy that...brownies? :)]
Ramadan is a month of duas, forgiveness, repentance, the Quran. Somehow at the end it always brings us closer to Allah, then we have to go back to our everyday lives. Kind of painful, but at least we have the month to take refuge in. So hopefully those things will take care of themselves and I can let the month transcend everything else.
I think everyone’s a little apprehensive about the fast this year because it’s the first time it falls officially in the summer in all of August. Our recent heatwaves don’t bode well for us. But indeed we can complain all we like, but the famine in Africa currently proves that we live in Mercy still.
I was staring at a bug today as it traveled on the bathroom tiles. I really wanted to squish it, but it reminded me of the beautiful Rumi story of the ant crawling on carpet. Through ups and downs and different colors, not realizing the beautiful weave of the whole thing. Just like our lives. I seem to meander and go from randomness to randomness but when I look back it all makes sense. And I see Allah’s signs and guidance throughout.
Just looking back I can think of some absolutely clear dreams I’ve had. I dreamt them in times that I never even thought those things were possible. I feel like maybe Allah was just trying to comfort me. I dreamt I went to Hajj before I did. I dreamt of Damascus before I went. I’ve dreamt clear dreams of other things that haven’t come to pass but still comfort me.
Yes this post is so random. I actually don’t have anything to say except Ramadan Mubarak! And I just wanted to post something public so ppl can stop asking me for the passwords of the last posts
Ok then Ramadan Mubarak u guys!!
May Allah bless your Ramadan and make it a cause of Nearness to Allah for you.
Don’t forget to keep me in your duas!!