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A new school year has begun for many families, and alongside its arrival has come the Holy Month of Ramadan.  Now, in addition to the regular routine of school and work,  Muslims will be going about their day  on an empty stomach.  Sound hard? Not if you think of the poor who do not have the certainty of a meal at night, who do not even have a chance for education, who do not have jobs. 

A new school year has begun for many families, and alongside its arrival has come the Holy Month of Ramadan.  Now, in addition to the regular routine of school and work,  Muslims will be going about their day  on an empty stomach.  Sound hard? Not if you think of the poor who do not have the certainty of a meal at night, who do not even have a chance for education, who do not have jobs. {mxc}

Harder than abstaining from food is making sure that one’s soul is pure enough for the spiritual fast.  This Holy Month is not about just fasting from food, drink and sex for the day.  It is much more than that.

The Holy Month of Ramadan is a time to strengthen one’s willpower, to reflect upon one’s faith and to improve oneself.  Take advantage of this time to ask Allah for forgiveness and repent.

As you settle into the fall season, the fasting day has become longer.  Don’t let yourself get caught up in the mundane worries such as your hunger –think of the bigger picture.  After all, it’s very easy to sink so deep into your daily routine that you have no time or energy left for worship.  At least, that’s what it may seem like.  But make time! 

If we get too bogged down in our worldly activities without taking the time to remember Allah and his Ahlul Bait (peace be upon them), then we will be in danger of losing our perspective.  Spirituality can not be quantified, but it is very important.  It is our reason for existence.

Thank Allah for what you have, even the tests, because He is giving you an opportunity to prove yourself.  Thank Him for this month you have been able to witness, and appreciate it because who knows when it will come again for you?  Only Allah knows best.

Each hour of Ramadan is precious.  Of course it’s not possible to spend every moment in outright worship such as long supplications, but remember that every act you do can become an act of worship.  If you do your studying, your chores, your socializing, your work, your leisure activities, all in a halal manner and for the sake of Allah, those acts can be considered acts of worship too.

This month is a great time to end our bad habits and sins.  Allah wants us to turn to Him and improve ourselves and the spiritual struggle of this month is one of the best ways.  Why not take advantage of the opportunity? 

The things we do to improve yourself in Ramadan should continue after the Holy Month.  This month is a gift from Allah.  Don’t waste it.

 

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