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

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 9, family and friends 

As this day progresses all I can think about is when I was a child and how every night we pretty much had Iftar at someone’s house OR grandma was entertaining guest at her home. 

EVERYONE wanted an invite to grandmas house. Because grandma threw down in the kitchen. Most of our Arab friends loved my grandmothers southern cooking. Especially the bar-b-que and potatoe salad. They loved it!! She always went all out. She made her bread from scratch and she made her desserts from scratch. They were so delicious. 

As I sit with my family to breakfast and eat dinner I have to smile of these great memories. My grandmother loved to feed people and send you home with plates of food! 

MASHA Allah it’s the small things that people remember. I pray Allah continue to shower her with his love and mercy. Ameen. 

I will leave you with Ayat 9 of Surah Mulk 

قَالُوا بَلَىٰ قَدْ جَاءَنَا نَذِيرٌ فَكَذَّبْنَا وَقُلْنَا مَا نَزَّلَ اللَّهُ مِن شَيْءٍ إِنْ أَنتُمْ إِلَّا فِي ضَلَالٍ كَبِيرٍ

9. Dirán: Sí, nos llegó un advertido, pero negamos la verdad y dijimos: Allah no ha hecho descender nada; no estáis sino en un extravío.

They shall say: Yea! indeed there came to us a warner, but we rejected (him) and said: Allah has not revealed anything, you are only in a great error.
Buenos Noches 

ALMA_Atl

Day 4 of Ramadan

Day 4 of Ramadan is here….I have the sweetest daughter ever. She really loves to cook. She has been getting up for the last 4 days and cooking for everyone.  Which is awesome for me, since I have been sick. It’s one less thing I have to think about in the morning. Hopefully tomorrow I will share a few recipe’s we have been using for our fast.

I have really enjoyed our early morning family get togethers. This time gives us the opportunity to share our thoughts on fasting, life, things we have read in the Quran. The family time is priceless and so memorable.  As we spoke about our fasts today I realized that maybe I need to do some teaching at home about Ramadan to my children. We all need a refresher course once in a while and today right before breaking our fast we will discuss some facts about Ramadan. As I was thinking of what to discuss  made a short list of facts I wanted to share with you as well.

10 things about Ramadan

  1. Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar
  2. Ramadan is named after the word Ramda. Ramda are stones heated by the sun during summer.
  3. Ramadan is generally the hottest month out of all the Islamic months
  4. Ramadan starts at the sight of the new moon and ends at the sighting of the new moon.
  5. Ramadan can generally run from 28-30 days depending on when the new moon is sighted
  6. In Many parts of the world some people are fasting 20+ hours per day.
  7. Fasting is an ancient practice round in most ancient religions
  8. During Ramadan we increase our good deeds. Mostly by feeding people
  9. The Quran was revealed during Ramadan
  10. Ramadan is divided into 3rd : 10 days of Mercy, 10 days of forgiveness, 10 days of asking for protection from the hellfire.

So those are my 10 facts about Ramadan. If  you have any questions please leave them in the comments! And check back tomorrow for recipes and more early morning stories.

Thank you for sharing this day with me

My Ramadan weekend

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This was the first weekend of Ramadan. Usually more people come out on the weekend and this past weekend was no exception. It was wonderful to see friends and spend some time with them. When I walked in and heard the recitation of Quran. It was so sweet and melodic. I instantly felt the connection between my heart and the Quran. I was really moved, almost to tears. As I listened my mind drifted to people who are no longer with us. I said a small prayer for them. It really made me think about how from one Ramadan to the next we do not know if we will see it. I was so grateful to be there.

7 days into fasting you really have to prepare your mind and soul. This past weekend was the first time I felt moved to tears in a very long time.

Insha Allah for the rest of the week we will make it to the masjid, pray next to our brothers and sisters. And Thank Allah for having one more Ramadan together.

Have a wonderful day and a wonderful fast!

ALMA_ATL

Ramadan day 2 dua


Day 2 of Ramadan. As I was out last night taking my husband dinner. I happened to look up and there it is in plain sight I see the Hilal! It was so beautiful and bright 


Today is the 2nd day for me. I am still unable to fast. At first I was kinda bummed out BUT now I am ok. Allah is in control. My job is just to be patient. I am still enjoying my Ramadan. I enjoy making sure my family is up for suhoor and that dinner is cooked for them. I make sure I drink plenty of water and keep my remembrance of Allah. I am happy to be alive, I am happy to be with my family. I am happy to be married and share this wonderful month with a wonderful spouse and lots of children. I am truly blessed and truly thankful! 

Ramadan Mubarak familía! 

ALMA_Atl