Ramadan Reflections 2020

 

This year, Ramadan will be different. It’s going to be at a slower pace, giving us more time for reflection and the opportunity to be closer to God. As believers, we utilize our faith as a means to get through this crisis. As such, each day we will bring you a new reflection, written by our youth members across the country. We hope that these reflections will bring you some comfort and serve as a reminder to us all on the essence of Ramadan.

 

A Month of Hope!

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you all to this blessed month of Ramadan, the holiest month in Islam, where Muslims all over the world abstain from worldly desires for the sake of their Lord. It serves as an opportunity to get closer to Allah (swt), one that Muslims will probably remember yearning for, with an element of hope for His mercy, as well as His blessings […]

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A Guidance for the People

Alhamdulilah, He has allowed us to witness the best month of all year once again, the blessed month where Allah (SWT) has revealed His glorious book: “The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it…[…]

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The Wonderful Case of a Believer 

A lot of people will be quick to mention this year about COVID-19 and the prospects of having a Ramadan in lockdown. It’s truly a time of reflection. As such, my main focus in this entry is on gratefulness. It can be hard sometimes to practice gratefulness when circumstances are hard. COVID-19 can sometimes be a reminder of everything we’ve lost.  It may then come as a much-needed reminder that when we open the Quran, the first chapter starts with ‘Alhamdulillah’ which is generally translated as “all praise is for God.” In reality, the word Alhamdulillah signifies gratitude in our everyday lives  […]

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The Tale of a Deleted App

Ramadan is upon us. For most of us, it is defined as the month of fasting. Yet, in the one time, it is mentioned in divine revelation Allah chose to define it by the Holy Quran:’ The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an’ (Al Baqara 185) whilst complementing this with the month’s ultimate aim being ‘so that you may be God-fearing’ – ‘لعلكم تتقون’ Taqwa is one of many adjectives used in the Quran to describe those who believe. In addition to saying please and thank you, Muslims are expected to abide by certain mannerisms and morals. […]

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In Times of Grief

The masjids are closed, the iftar gatherings have stopped, the world is on lockdown. This Ramadan is different for all these reasons, but for many out there this Ramadan could be the first Ramadan they experience with someone special in their lives missing. Traumatic experiences of losing a loved one can change our daily life, the way we see the world, the way we see ourselves. Grief on any normal day feels like a storm of emotions, just as the tidal wave eases allowing you to breathe for a moment another one comes and knocks you further back and the current pulls you under. […]

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A Month of Hope!

Last Friday, a very prestigious guest entered our houses and lives. The lockdown has left our doors closed to the majority of the outside world. However, these same doors were wide open to Him, celebrating the arrival of the long-anticipated Ramadan, but with a totally different flavourRamadan is different. Our lives are totally different. […]

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Sublime Gratitude

This Ramadan is different. It’s easy to list all the things we have lost and I’m sure many have reflected on this. No taraweeh at the mosque, no shared iftars, no Jummah prayers, no visits from extended family every weekend. I could go on. It reminded me how I might feel when I am in my grave. Wish I had prayed one more Taraweeh in the mosque; wish I had held one more iftar party to feed the fasting; wish I had heard one more khutbah and followed it; wish I had helped one more relative or neighbour […]

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The Safe Haven of Ramadan

It has been an intense 11 months, hasn’t it? almost a whole year since we said goodbye to Ramadan, not knowing if we were to meet it again. Yet Alhamdulillah, here we are, in the age of Covid-19, living out an accepted dua- the dua we’ve called out the last few days, weeks and months, “Allahumma balighna Ramadan” – O Allah, allow us to reach Ramadan […]

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A Long Overdue Shift

The blessed month has cast its shadows upon us, another opportunity to train and strengthen our imaan, to purify our souls, our hearts and our minds. Many of us will have welcomed this Ramadan heavy-hearted, empty-handed, and broken, in need of Allah’s generosity, His mercy and forgiveness […]

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Elastic Limits of Human Performance

Ramadan to the majority of Muslims has become a cultural celebration more than a spiritual retreat or a transcendent recharge. Family gatherings, social visitations, and of course huge feasts with sought-after delicious dishes that create lovely vibes and sweet memories, yet, miss the essence of what this month is all about.  This Ramadan will certainly be etched in memory as a very unique experience […]

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Treasures in Plain Sight

We praise and thank Allah and send blessings and salutations to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)  The month of Ramadan is when reality changes. And with the heaven open, hell closed, and devils chained – many are rushing to attain the great gifts and blessings of Allah. Some are searching for ways to take the extra mile and some are wondering how this blessed month can be all filled with worship and good deeds. Then a question arises “which deed can I perform which will be most beloved by Allah” It reminds me of the hadith where the Prophet Musa (as) asked Allah for a special supplication to remember Allah by, and when Allah revealed to him to say […]

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A Spiritual Seclusion

This Ramadan, as many of us have noticed, is particularly special. This time last year, no one could have predicted this situation. After I moved houses mid last year, I already had a Ramadan plan prepared. My journey time to the masjid is now less than 5 minutes drive! My plan for this Ramadan was to park the car and walk to the masjid […]

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Does My Lord Hate Me?

Rejection and feeling unloved are possibly one of the most overbearing emotions felt by man. But what if you start to feel that you are being rejected from Allah swt? You may be surprised, but this feeling isn’t uncommon. Today, I will be focusing on exactly that. I will be talking about the dangers of how you perceive emotions linked to trauma and how this can lead you to develop the negative mindset of “Allah swt hates me.” I’ll start off with the concept of emotional reasoning, which is defined as a cognitive process by which an individual concludes that their emotional reaction to an incident, ultimately proves that this is reality. A person who is following this emotional reasoning mindset might conclude that “I feel guilty, therefore I must have done something wrong” […]

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A Ramadan of Balance

Every Muslim has obligations to themselves, their family, to society and to Allah himself – however we must also find a balance in this. I think it’s important to consider two things, the first being how we balance our work life and Ramadan and the second being the opportunities Ramadan brings. It’s been nearly 5 years since I started working full time  […]

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The Significance of the Self

As heedless creatures, we’re constantly trying to achieve the next goal, the next milestone. Whether it be going to this university, working for a big company, travelling to that place on your bucket list, attending this program or that, getting married. The list endless. Subhan’Allah, yet we forget how quick times flies and how very little time we have left. Speaking for myself, having reached a quarter of a century, I may have achieved my ‘dunya’ goals but what have I secured for my akhirah? This question should be always be at the forefront of our minds […]

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Our State of Security and that of Quaraish

The Qur’an is a guide for the believers, as is stated in various parts of the Qur’an. Over the month of Ramadan, it is a great opportunity for us to read it and try to contemplate the verses and the Qur’anic message. A part of this is thinking about how its injunctions can apply to us in our context as well since it is a message for all of humanity, not just the people that it was directly revealed to […]

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Reflection-ception

In these nights of Ramadan when only a few days stand between us and the final ten nights, while we are all seeking Allah’s forgiveness and each other’s forgiveness, I ask you all to forgive me, too, and to pray for the ummah. SubhanAllah, as night after night I stand alone trying to recite some verses of the Quran and picture what it would be like to be among a congregation at this strange and unsettling time […]

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A Beautiful Patience

It is easy to get caught up in the negativity of the world around us. The anxiety of living with many predictions but no answers is certainly overwhelming. The knowledge that all we can do is wait until the world slowly begins to move through this time, is itself a test. However, finding the silver lining, and the sliver of hope in every situation should be something we practice and aim to achieve […]

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He Loves the Repenter

So it is the 18th of Ramadan! Subhanallah, it’s as if yesterday we were just trying to figure out if Ramadan will start on Thursday or Friday. Ramadan is one of those short-lived blessings that needs to be treasured and utilised to its fullest as we never know if we would be blessed with it again. We are in the second third of Ramadan which is known as the third of forgiveness and we still have the 10 best nights coming ahead of us inshallah; so there are loads of opportunities for us to utilise this month if we have not done so yet. […]

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Hardened Hearts

More than two-thirds of Ramadan has departed us. With just a few days left it is always a good time to look back and reflect at what we have achieved this Ramadan. Many of us, alhamdulillah, have achieved a great deal from what we had planned and surely all of us are trying to make up for our shortcomings and attain Allah’s (swt) mercy and forgiveness […]

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My Last Ramadan

Abu Huraira narrated that the Prophet (PBUH) said “Those who fast during the month of Ramadan with sincere faith and the will to gain God’s forgiveness, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.” I shall begin this piece with a question – what if it is my last Ramadan in my life? How many friends and acquaintances were with us last Ramadan, who today are among the deceased. […]

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The Growth Mindset

Alhamdulliah we have been blessed with another opportunity to fulfill the obligation of Ramadan. Although we find ourselves in strange times, the lockdown should remind us of the times when the Prophet (pbuh) sought to isolate himself from his people by taking refuge in a cave. He saw this isolation as an opportunity to reflect and practice self-purification. The value and significance of this self-purification increases exponentially in these last 10 days when we are blessed with Laylatul Qadr, the night worth 1000 months […]

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Knock Knock

It was a cold winter and I was living in a one-bedroom flat on the 7th floor, I used to see a Libyan family in the building whom I spoke to a few times, however, I wasn’t sure which floor they lived on within the building. One night the rain was extremely heavy and was preventing me from falling asleep. Initially, I thought it was a storm, so I tried to get out of bed – however, as soon as my foot touched the ground it got completely drenched in water […]

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