The Ramadan Diaries #2: The Steps to Final Destination
It’s been a month since my first episode of The Ramadan Diaries. However, I’ve been swamped with assignments and now that I’ve finally finished uni for the year, I’m ready to fill the days until Ramadan prepping myself.
Ramadan is the month in which Muslims spiritually challenge themselves and try to get closer to their Lord. A month of taking a step closer to our final destination. Its the time where Muslims believe the good deeds are rewarded 10 times more than usual. The Devils are locked up. There is an atmosphere of peace, tranquility, and serenity. Mosques are full of people, happiness surrounding the homes, the waft of divine food in the streets. It is an incredible month!
To make this beautiful month the most beneficial for me, I have self-reflected and have decided to write up all the things I want to change, spiritually, as a reminder to myself through Ramadan.
Read the five daily prayers
In Islam, there are five pillars: testifying there is no God but Allah and Muhammed is his messenger; the five daily prayers, fasting in the month of Ramadan, giving charity and pilgrimage. The five pillars of Islam is the basic foundation. However, as a human who forgets and makes mistakes, I sometimes neglect the second pillar, the five daily pillar.
During the blessed month, I shall be challenging myself to read all the daily prayers.
Read The Holy Quraan
I think this comes in with praying the five daily prayers. As Ramadan is all about getting closer to our Lord, I want to read the holy book and try to learn some English translations.
Cut my swearing
To all those people who know me will know I say profanities in every sentence and when I am angry, my whole vocabulary is a whole sentence of swears. However, I have decided I no longer want to express myself with profanities. There are so many other interesting vocabularies to say than constantly saying fuck all the time.
When I was younger my school used to give Ramadan advent calendars that also contained a paper charity box. My older sister and I used to fill it up with loose change and then receive a certificate at the end of the month. I loved the concept and because I love reminiscing my childhood, I have decided to give more charity in this month. Also, I want my youngest brother to learn all about helping the poor and giving charity but that comes in another post.
I am completely addicted to my phone. Maybe, its a blogger thing or maybe I just can’t live without it. However, I have come to the conclusion that if I spent a little less time watching TV and playing the Hogwarts Mystery, I will be able to spend more time praying and reading. Simple maths!