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

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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 

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