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Sunday Open Thread 19-9-10 | What did I learn this Ramadan & How to enhance our Spirituality- Safi Khan

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Ramadan has flown past us, yet again and it is already over a week since Eid. It is hard to believe that a few days ago, we had a different routine and focus… almost like a whole other world. And now, as the Shayateen have been released, the Dunya has once again started to tighten its grasp, altering our focus and is eating away at the “Iman rush” Ramadan inspired!

I’ve been missing Ramadan so much recently, wanting that precious time back. I feel as if I never got round to properly entertaining and benefiting from the company of this awesome guest who visits only once in a year – and his visit, too, is uncertain (will I be alive to witness his arrival next year?). I did, however, wonder about how I could hold on to Ramadan for the rest of the year. The only way to really be able to do that is to stick to what you learned in Ramadan – even if it is one or two basic things – and then apply them throughout the year.

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So what did you learn this Ramadan? Any particular lesson or incident that you plan to benefit from during this year? Since I’m asking you this question, I must also first ask this of myself. And here’s the answer, in case it will help others (or even encourage you to share your answer, if it isn’t too personal!) I plan to listen more to the recitation of the Qur’an and strengthen my bond with the Qur’an. In terms of relationships with people, I plan to work more to fulfill my promises and commitments – that is, better time management! Insha’Allah.

Before I step aside and have you post your Ramadan lessons and resolutions, here’s some advice from another blog on our subject, aptly titled, “Islam not just in Ramadhan but 365 days a year!”

Stay connected with the Mosque (masjid): Even with the busy schedule, make sure you stay connected to the Mosque and visit at least once a day. This is especially important if you are living in a non-Muslim country like the US or UK.

Read regularly: Try reading the Qur’an, small Ayahs, Ahadith or even news or blogs about Islam regularly. This will encourage you a lot and Insha’Allah keep you energetic religiously.

Stay away from unhealthy discussions: The Shaitaan works slowly and gradually by tempting you to do small but wrong things. Try avoiding them as much as possible and not come under the influence of your friends as well.

So what have you learned this Ramadan that you want to carry on with you? What’s your strategy to stay focused? Let’s all benefit from sharing it here, Insha’Allah. :)

After Ramadan…How to Enhance Our Spiritual Growth SAFI KHAN

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Ameera is a final-year medical student and blogger based in Karachi, Pakistan. Having been born and raised in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia, her approach towards her Deen has always been rooted in a basic understanding from authentic sources, which was further polished during a three-year weekend course at Al Huda Institute. Her interests, though, seem to know no bounds and range from a passion for the culinary arts and travelling, as well as following current affairs and global happenings. She feels being able to be part of MuslimMatters is one of the major blessings of Allah(swt) upon her, for it has given her a chance to learn and grow. She also maintains her personal blog at http://duskanddawn.wordpress.com.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Maryam

    September 19, 2010 at 4:31 AM

    JazakAllah khayr for this lovely post AJ <3

    Alhamdulilah Ramadan made me realize that i have to worship Allah subahanhu wa ta'ala sincerely and be devoted to His deen; i realized that we were born alone; we will die alone; we will be raised on the Day of Resurrection alone, and we will receive the Judgement alone; i realized that His fear should take precedence over the fear of people. Ramadan was a good wakeup call. i just wish i die with my iman engraved in stone ameen.

    peace be with you all. the ummah is always in my heart and in my duas.

    Maryam

  2. Justin

    September 19, 2010 at 6:07 AM

    Ma sha Allah. Safi Khan is a very good scholar.

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  3. Bilal

    September 28, 2010 at 7:32 PM

    Alhumdulillah,

    Ramadan made me realize that I can conquer my desires through patience. That with the help of Allah and through true patience, anything is possible. I swear this seems so simple but when you fully experience it, and see it coming into fruition it is a major morale booster. inshAllah I hope I can keep it up after ramadan.
    and inshAllah may allah accept all of our good deeds in ramadan, and allow us to live and see another blessed ramadan aswell. Ameen

  4. Fatima Agbogun-Yusuf

    October 11, 2010 at 5:59 AM

    JazakAllah Khayr for this good post may Allah reward you the more,though l join late but yet am highly amazed when am reading through all the post.Really, this is an issue that we all have to ponder over very well,as for me, this ramadan made me realize that l have to move more closer to ALLAH [S W T] and to read Quran more often so l hope to keep this after ramadan and inshaAllah may Allah accept all of our deeds, assist all the ummah greatly and may Allah have mercy on all of us.Ameen

    Fatima

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