Ramadan-My Reflection for day 23

Surah Mulk 67:23

قُلْ هُوَ الَّذِي أَنشَأَكُمْ وَجَعَلَ لَكُمُ السَّمْعَ وَالْأَبْصَارَ وَالْأَفْئِدَةَ قَلِيلًا مَّا تَشْكُرُونَ

23.Say: He it is Who brought you into being and made for you the ears and the eyes and the hearts: little is it that you give thanks.
23. Di: Él es Quien os ha creado y os ha dado el oído, la vista y el corazón. ¡Qué poco es lo que agradecéis!

Wow today I thought it would never end. I really thought I would not make it to maghrib. I was so sleepy at work and so hungry. I really thought I was going to pass out. But Alhamdulillah I made it to 5:30pm Yay me!

Yesterday I the pleasure of breaking fast (Iftar) with a wonderful sister. She is actually my sewing student. At first I did not want to go. I was just exhausted and really just wanted to go home and sleep. BUT then I remembered reading some where about keeping your word and keeping your promise. So I changed my mind and decided to go to my friends house to break fast (Iftar).

It was the best decision I made that day. I was so happy that I went. It was nice to pray with a wonderful group of women. It was nice to feel at ease and just relax. We all knew what we were there to do. Worship Allah (Ala, God, Dios) and fellowship.

The food was good, the atmoshphere was awesome. It was the perfect ending to a long day. Alhamdulillah! At the end of the day, breaking fast with friends made realize how important it is not to lock yourself off from the world. We has humans need to interact with others. It does something wonderful to your soul. And you can feel the re awakening of your soul. It is such a wonderful feeling.

Remember, when someone invites you over do not hesitate to accept. That interaction may be the thing your soul needs to wake up!

Thank you again for allowing me to share my day of fasting. Until next time have a wonderful night.

 

Tu Hermana en Islam

Alma_atl

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Ramadan Reflection days 18&19- The Last 10 days 



وَلَقَدْ كَذَّبَ الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِهِمْ فَكَيْفَ كَانَ نَكِيرِ

18.And certainly those before them rejected (the truth), then how was My disapproval.

18. Ya habían negado la verdad los que os precedieron. Y cómo fue Mi reprobación.

أَوَلَمْ يَرَوْا إِلَى الطَّيْرِ فَوْقَهُمْ صَافَّاتٍ وَيَقْبِضْنَ مَا يُمْسِكُهُنَّ إِلَّا الرَّحْمَٰنُ إِنَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ بَصِيرٌ

19.Have they not seen the birds above them expanding (their wings) and contracting (them)? What is it that withholds them save the Beneficent Allah? Surely He sees everything.

19. ¿Es que no han visto las aves sobre ellos y cómo mueven sus alas? No las sostiene sino el Misericordioso. Realmente Él todo lo ve.

Bismillah

Wow two more days gone. We have entered the last 10 days of Ramadan. During these last 10 days we ask Allah azzawajal (The Most Exalted) protection from th hellfire. 

By this time of the month. We are exhausted mentally and physically, BUT spiritually we are awake. We spent 30 days praying everyday. We spent 30 days reading Quran and making extra prayers. Some days we stayed up All night as a family praying and spending time with each other. Seeking the love and mercy of Allah. 

I am really impressed and happy about my children and their dedication to Ramadan. Not breaking their fast nor sneaking to eat food. Kids will be kids and right now this is training for them. 

I pray we are able to see another year of Ramadan and Insha Allah as a family we can do even better. 

Thank you for sharing another day of Ramadan with me! 

¡Disfruta!

Tu Hermana en Islam

Alma_Atl 

Ramadan day 15-The full moon marks the half way point

Surah Mulk 67:15

هُوَ الَّذِي جَعَلَ لَكُمُ الْأَرْضَ ذَلُولًا فَامْشُوا فِي مَنَاكِبِهَا وَكُلُوا مِن رِّزْقِهِ وَإِلَيْهِ النُّشُورُ

He it is Who made the earth smooth for you, therefore go about in the spacious sides thereof, and eat of His sustenance, and to Him is the return after death.

15. Él es Quien ha hecho la tierra dócil para vosotros, caminad pues por sus confines y comed de Su provisión. A Él es el retorno.

Monday 6/20 was the 15th day of Ramadan. As I was driving to the masjid (Mosque, Mezquita) for prayer. I happened to look up and see the moon. It was so full and so beautiful and bright. It was almost as if I could reach out and touch it. It was just amazing, Subhan Allah. When you are in a spiritual state of mind you really take time to stop and smell the roses and really look at the beauty in your surrounding environment. It is truly amazing.

It was funny thought, one day I was looking at my calendar prior to seeing the full moon and I thought wow time is flying by we have out 2weeks to go. Then I saw the moon and it all clicked. WE ARE HALF WAY DONE!

At that moment I had to check myself right then and there. What have I been spending my tie one? have I been doing enough for the sake of Allah? and for myself spiritually?

By the half way point, one should be well adjusted to their fasting lifestyle. Usually, around this time in the morning I am not really hungry. A couple of dates, fruits and water I am good for the day. Around this time as Muslims, this is when we dig in and do more!. We do more praying, we give more sadaqah, we do more good deeds, we make extra duas.  Around this time we realize our special friend is leaving, because at this time we have made this connection with Allah (God, Dios) because of our lifestyle change and in our hearts we are happier, we are at peace, we have more energy and we feel more fulfilled. It is such a wonderful feeling and knowing Ramadan is ending we become very sad and push ourselves to do more.

Have an awesome day and Thank You for allowing me to share my fasting day with you.

Tu Hermana en Islam

Alma_Al

Ramadan day 13 & 14 another weekend has gone by 

Surah Mulk 67:13-14

وَأَسِرُّوا قَوْلَكُمْ أَوِ اجْهَرُوا بِهِ إِنَّهُ عَلِيمٌ بِذَاتِ الصُّدُور

13.And conceal your word or manifest it; surely He is Cognizant of what is in the hearts.

أَلَا يَعْلَمُ مَنْ خَلَقَ وَهُوَ اللَّطِيفُ الْخَبِيرُ

14.Does He not know, Who created? And He is the Knower of the subtleties, the Aware.

13. Y tanto si guardáis en secreto lo que decís como si lo divulgáis… Él es Conocedor de lo que encierran los pechos.

14. ¿No habría de tener conocimiento Aquel que ha creado y es el Sutil, al que nada se Le oculta?

Another weekend has gone by and I am falling behind on my post. Yikes! My intentions this year is to actually post ALL 30 days. Last year, I did not complete all my post and pretty much gave  up.. The posting not the fasting! lol. But you see this is the beauty of Ramadan. This is the challenge that we are given. The challenge is to challenge ourselves. To remove ourselves from our comfort zone to see if we can do something different that is beneficial to our life, to our spiritual selves. Actually, the way we live our lives during Ramadan is the way we should live our lives 24/7 365 days. The way we are during Ramadan is who we should be ALL the time.

It is a struggle is not to live a new life. The struggle is to leave your old life. When I sit and think about Ramadan and my morning routine. I am really just amazed.  During Ramadan, I eat breakfast EVERYDAY and a high protein breakfast at that. Before, Ramadan I barely ate breakfast. It’s was pretty much coffee and a croissant. I drank less water, I ate less fruit. During Ramadan I drink MORE water and I eat MORE fruit. And because of those actions I feel more energetic during the day and at night. I have a power nap during the day on my lunch break. This year I even signed up for a intensive arabic course. Which I thought would be rough, but in actuality I am so happy that I am taking the course and mentally I have not been exhausted. Actually, it has given me that extra boost of energy needed to get finish out the day because my mind is not on is it time to eat yet.

So this year I am determined to post everyday! I may be a bit slow but know my post is coming! 🙂

Have an awesome day and thank you for allowing me to share my fasting experience with you.

Tu Hermana en Islam

ALMA_ATL

Ramadan day 12- 10 days of forgiveness 


Surah Mulk 67:12

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَخْشَوْنَ رَبَّهُم بِالْغَيْبِ لَهُم مَّغْفِرَةٌ وَأَجْرٌ كَبِيرٌ

(As for) those who fear their Lord in secret, they shall surely have forgiveness and a great reward.

 Es cierto que los que temen a Allah cuando nadie los ve*, tendrán perdón y una gran recompensa.

*[También cabe entender: “Temen a Allah aunque no Lo ven…”.]
1/3 of the month of Ramadan has passed. For the next 10 days we ask and beg Allah to forgive our sins. In 3 more days it will be 15days. Which means we are half way through the month. I am asking Allah to give me the strength to complete the fast. Ameen

I am so proud of my children. They are all fasting and going through their test but not one of them have given up. There has been plenty of test as well. And plenty of learning experience, for example my son has Asthma. Something triggered his asthma so he couldn’t fast for a couple of days as he had to take a puff every 2-4 hours. So what my children learned was if  a person is sick they cannot fast because they have to take their meds. When they are better they will begin to fast again and at. Later date the sick person will make up the days of fasting they missed. 

Alhamdulillah what a wonderful teaching experience. As my older kids where trying to understand why he was not fasting. I explained this is the mercy of Allah on his servant. Allah understands us better than we do. We are weak and we will have episodes where we will be sick at times. However he has made a way for us to still gain the blessings of the month. When one is sick and cannot fast due to serious health restraints and cannot make up their fast. When they feed the fasting person it is as if they were fasting and they still receive the rewards of fasting. Alhamdulillah! Isn’t that beautiful! 

Thank you for allowing me to share another day of fasting with you! 

Alma _atl

Ramadan day 11-Asking for Forgiveness 


Surah Mulk 67:11

فَاعْتَرَفُوا بِذَنبِهِمْ فَسُحْقًا لِّأَصْحَابِ السَّعِيرِ

So they shall acknowledge their sins, but far will be (forgiveness) from the inmates of the burning fire.

11. Y reconocerán sus faltas. ¡Fuera con los compañeros de Sair!

Alhamdulillah another day down. The day was long but Allah showed his mercy by allowing me to stay busy and to keep my mind off the pains of my stomach. These same pains are here to remind me to be thankful of the things and food I have. 1. Someone in the world will not have food to eat today. 2. Someone has died today and will not have the chance to to repent for their sins. So today I am hungry and I want food BUT I am happy to be here ans feel the pain in my stomach. Atleast I can ask Allah to continue to forgive me and shower me with his mercy. Alhamdulilah 

Thank you for sharing this day of fast with me.

ALMA_atl 

Ramadan Day 8- Mercy for all 

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 Day 8 was hard. My weekend sleeping schedule is way different than my weekday schedule. I felt very sleepy it was still a good day. The hardest part is being thirsty. All I could think about are those in the world that will go without water and food. As I broke my fast I was very thankful for the small blessings in my life. 

I pray Allah gives those who are homeless and without ease in their hardship Ameen

This is what Ramadan is about! Mercy for all. 

ALMA_Atl