This was quite an interesting Ramadan for me, and one that has personally affected me in a number of ways. What follows is a compendium of sorts of some of my personal thoughts, observations, and reflections of the month that has now passed. May Allah (swt) accept our good deeds from this month, forgive our bad deeds, and give us life to see another Ramadan and take better advantage of it.
The thoughts below are extremely random, and in no particular order. I hope this makes reading this post a bit easier despite its jumping around between subjects and positive and negative reflections.
*Quran should always be finished in the 29th night for Taraweeh. When it is finished earlier, it gives a false sense of the end of Ramadan and makes it harder to dedicate yourself in ibaadah in the night. However, it is far easier for the Imams leading salah once it is done.
* There needs to be more focus on the actual recitation of Quran and not just the actual ‘finishing’ of it. Does anyone else feel uncomfortable with the almost party-like atmosphere on the night the Quran is finished being recited?
*Is there anything cuter than 1-2 year old children lining up and trying to pray taraweeh? May Allah(swt) bless all the Muslim children and make them leaders of the muttaqoon.
*How much hope do we have for our ummah when people must be separated after almost coming to blows over breaking fast at one calendar’s time as opposed to another which was 3 minutes later?
*How much hope do we have in our Masjid administrations when people are still easily angered and yell and scream even when the Shayateen are locked up?
*Where do we stand in light of the above, and when we bicker in Ramadan over whether or not we should cooperate with our brothers and sisters on major issues facing our Ummah in the West (for example, the fact that people don’t even want to see us go to Six Flags for Eid) while disagreeing respectfully on issues that we differ on?
*How do we respond to adults who did not start practicing until their 30’s that prevent kids from playing basketball during night prayers?
*Ramadan requires a special financial planning seminar. How do you determine which charity to donate to and how much? Should you give a little to everyone who asks, or save up and give ‘full force’ to one that you believe in the strongest?
*Is it wrong to feel proud about losing weight from fasting? And was it a result of the one-plate pledge?
*Why do we resolve to do all these good things after Ramadan, yet (myself included) we revert back to our pre-Ramadan habits even within the last 1-2 days of Ramadan?
*How much thought and effort do we put into Eid gifts for our families? What a great, sunnah-endorsed, way to increase your family ties and bring happiness to those closest to you. And for all the fanatics out there, they don’t always have to be religious gifts like, Eid Mubarak I got you 15 hours of Tafseer on CD to study! Some of us might dig that, but it doesn’t hurt to get your siblings or parents some nice clothes or perfume or something.
*Is there anything on earth that can motivate you more to memorize Quran than Ramadan and seeing all the huffaadh?
*Why do dates taste so much better in Ramadan – and I don’t mean just at iftar time
*Same goes for milk with Rooh Afzah
*Why must the month of worship almost always end on a note of celebratory disobedience for so many people?
*Am I the only person who thinks it would just be great if masjids randomly prayed different numbers of rak’at for Taraweeh every night, 8 one night, 12 on another, 22 on another?
*I like the convenience of the ‘local’ Eid salah, but I prefer the environment of the ‘big’ city-wide. Is convenience the only reason many masaajid opt for the former?
*Is the Eid Khutbah the hardest one to deliver? I’ve never given one but I can’t imagine trying to advise people who are staring at you as if every second you continue to speak is like another stab wound preventing them from getting their party on.
SO…how was your Ramadan?