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By Khudeja Sattar

I hear many engaging in conversation about Ramadhan and how this year it will not be the same. I can imagine this means different things for different people. For me, well I am hopeful that this could be the best Ramadhan yet - I say this from my heart. Allah has placed us in this current situation for a reason. We have a choice whether we dwell on the things we do not obtain or have control of or focus on all the blessings we have and make the best of our situation. I choose to go with the latter.

This year, InshaAllah will be quite different as there will be no grand Iftars, little socialising and sadly, with a heavy heart, no attending the masjid for congregational prayers or seminars. There will be no live prayer from Makkah on our televisions with the melodious recitation of Shaykh Sudais. Nevertheless, do not lose heart. Even though the doors of our masjids are closed, this does not mean that our hearts are too. Our hearts are open to connect and worship Allah the way He has commanded us to in this time and space. Yes, Allah has decreed this for you and I, that we shall bear witness, InshaAllah, to this month during the lockdown due to Covid-19. Think of this as Allah's way of saying to each of us,I want this time with you, will you come to My door? a door which is always open.

We are aware this month is such a blessed month, where the doors of Jannah (Paradise) are open and the gates of Jahannum (Hellfire) are locked. This month, the Quran was revealed when our Lord, through Angel Jibraeel (Gabriel), commanded our beloved Prophet Muhammadto read whilst in Cave Hira in Makkah. Now, you and I are all in our caves i.e. our homes, therefore let us read. Read the Quran not just with our voice, but with our hearts.

Ramadhan is a time for reflection, and this year I’d like to think we will all be reflecting and contemplating with a much greater sweetness

Ramadhan is a time for reflection, and this year I’d like to think we will all be reflecting and contemplating with a much greater sweetness. Remember, Allah has placed us in our caves. I ask myself what is the meaning of this? To me? For me?I hope we can achieve the real essence of this meaning which resides in our fitrah (natural disposition).

I reminisce, with great fondness, fasting as a child. The fasts were shorter than they are now, and I remember I would walk around all day with a brown paper bag filled with all my treats, just waiting for 4 pm to break my fast. I waited somewhat impatiently, and this taught me discipline as I awaited the allotted time, regardless of how difficult it was. Now, I take such delight in the simple things like water. The moments just before the fast breaks, I sit with my loved ones and talk to my Creator in silence with a heart so overwhelmed with need. It is a hot sunny day and I have been thinking of this moment - when can I have a sip of cool water? Imagining how it would feel as I hold the glass and take that first sip. To feel the coolness of the water flow through my throat and quench my thirst. I sat there as I recall seeing the glass of water; so mouth-watering. And then I began to cry; as I noticed my water was clean and how those less fortunate would not have water, or even if they did, would it look like mine. This made my heartache and made me realise like never how thankful I am for clean water.

Allah provides us with beautiful patience, resilience and strength during Ramadhan. I am aware outside of Ramadhan, if I have missed breakfast, by lunch I am falling over with hunger but during Ramadhan, I am taken care of. I recall my non-Muslim friends and colleagues asking, how? Not even a sip of water?. I reply, not even that. I understand how strange this may sound to them and if I was unfamiliar with fasting I would perhaps ask the same. Allah gives me the strength and even though I may be thirsty or feel the pangs of hunger it is okay because I've got this as Allah is with me.


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  • Khudeja

    01/12/2020

    Shukran all for your comments, they are received heartfelt. My response is 7 months late! Reading your messages I felt an ache in my heart - Ramadhan was really quite special.

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  • NazminA

    30/04/2020

    Loved reading this! It has also made me wonder, how many other positives are there that are currently happening during this Ramadhan that we are overlooking? For example, whilst I of course understand the importance of Tarawih prayers in mosques, this year the lockdown means no more congestion or pollution from cars travelling in, no arguments over parking, no plastic bottle consumption..... and for women, they don't have to worry about having to prepare lavish iftars when they themselves will be feeling tired and exhausted or over-spending or over-exerting. This year Ramadhan is going to be very modest and environmentally friendly, just the way it should be.

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  • Shameem

    30/04/2020

    Agreed! I couldn't relate to people who were saying it won't be the same. Its actually much better, and what a blessing and Allah's wisdom lockdown and Ramadan coincided with each other, it was meant to be. This is Allah's way of saying 'now you don't have any excuse'!

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  • Shameem

    30/04/2020

    lol sending you a high five emoji. I think Ramadan should be more about you and Allah than people. Less stress. Less waste. More ibadat. More rewards. Inshallah

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  • Shameem

    30/04/2020

    SubhanAllah, this article has summed up Ramadan for me. I have found so much peace this Ramadan, Alhamdullilah. I feel I connect with your words and its deep spiritual meaning. Ramadan for me, is about personal connection with the Almighty and I want to make the most of this month and pray to my Lord And your Lord says Call upon me: I will respond to you 20:60 Thank you so much for sharing this.

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  • Ayesha

    29/04/2020

    I found this beautiful to read and I agree with you. Being socially isolated can feel peaceful sometimes and can be seen as an opportunity to build a deeper connection with Allah swt. There may not be any grand Iftars or social situations but in the solitude we can focus more on our individual one-on-one relationship with Allah and achieve an especially rich one this year

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  • karimofthecrop

    29/04/2020

    Im actually really enjoying not having to invite loads of people over for iftaar tbh hehe!

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