And Ramadan has gone again…

Salaam everyone and Eid mubarak!

So Ramadan is officially over, and many of us are just finishing celebrating our Eid. I hope you are having an amazing time with friends and family, enjoying all the fun of this holiday. I myself have been doing a lot of family visiting, and trying to keep the sweets consumption to a minimum as I gear up to start making up my fasts and taking care of the extra six days of Shawwal in shaa Allah!

I wanted to just write a quick post, and it will be the last one now until July, to check in with my Ramadan goals and let y’all know how it went

To refresh your memory, here were my goals from my first Ramadan post: Continue reading “And Ramadan has gone again…”

Eid as a Convert: Reflections

Salaam alaikum everyone.

We are almost there—Ramadan is nearly over and Eid is nearly here!

As a convert, I have to say I have a lot of mixed emotions about Eid. For the most part it doesn’t really feel like a holiday to me yet. I am so used to my family traditions surrounding American holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, that I am still trying to adapt myself to the two Eids as my main holidays now. Plus only being a Muslim since 2014 and living with my husband only in the past year or so, we haven’t quite had time to forge our own traditions.

I remember my first Eid, my good friend let me in on all of her Eid traditions. She picked me up to go pray with her, and we stuck around after the prayers for some yummy sweets and chatting with friends. Then she took me along to her traditional family brunch with her son, his wife and their son, and her brother (eek, I’m such an intruder!). We shared some eggs, and went to the candy store that they always go to while I Skyped my husband. Continue reading “Eid as a Convert: Reflections”

Ramadan Post for Muslimah Bloggers

Salaam all!

Today’s post isn’t really a post…sorry. It’s just a short little note to let you know to go check out the post I did for Muslimah Bloggers in their Ramadan series.

I really enjoyed writing this post for them, and I share some personal Ramadan-revert-experience in there. Actually it is all about the experience of my first Ramadan as a revert, and reflections and lessons from that year, as well as my second Ramadan in a Muslim-majority country.

I would love it if you would go give it a read, and let me know what you think!

The article is called My First Ramadan as a Revert: Memories and Reflections, and it was posted on the fifteenth of Ramadan. Plus, I highly advise you to go give the Muslimah Bloggers page a like; they’ve always got something interesting going on over there!

The Ramadan Balancing Act

Salaam! Only a couple more weeks of Ramadan to go, and I hope you are making the most of it in shaa Allah!

Today I want to write about something that I know I, and I think many others, struggle with during the month of Ramadan: how to balance worship with our everyday tasks like work, school, family, and housework.

I know, for me, during Ramadan I want to do nothing but focus on my worship all day long. I am fasting, I want to pray extra, read more Qur’an, listen to more lectures, learn more and develop more. Often this can lead to me neglecting things like sweeping the floors or feeding the cats because I feel like these tasks aren’t worthy of my precious Ramadan time.

But, I have to remind myself that if we take on the more “mundane” tasks of our lives during this holy month with the right mindset, we could be getting reward for that too.

If I clean up after the kittens and make sure their water bowl is filled with the intention that I am doing this because Allah swt tells us to show kindness and mercy to every living thing, and that these cats are a creation of Allah swt, in shaa Allah I will be getting rewarded for that just like I would for doing another act of worship in that same time.

If I take the time in the morning to clean up the house, do the dishes from suhoor, sweep and make the bed with the intention of  remembering the sunnah of being clean, tidy,and presentable, in shaa Allah I will be getting reward for making my husband happy to come home and following sunnah!

That’s not to say we shouldn’t even bother with the extra worship; it is all about that balance. Take care of what absolutely needs to be done in your house, work, school, family, etc. and then use your extra time for prayer, Qur’an, and learning.

We always feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day, but during Ramadan is the time where we really need to think of how we are spending those hours. Continue reading “The Ramadan Balancing Act”

Ramadan Resources Roundup

Salaam everyone!

I hope your first week or so of Ramadan has been productive and beautiful. For this week’s post I am actually going to do a round-up of a few of my other posts that I think have some good info that could be put into practice during the rest of this blessed month.

I hope you find these helpful, and keep up the good work!!

 

Fasting

Benefits of Fasting

Fasting Tips

Staying Connected when you can’t fast or pray

 

Qur’an

Qur’an memorisation Challenge

Qur’an Journaling

Incorporating Qur’an into your life

My Favorite Surah: al-Rahman

 

Prayer

Concentration in Prayer

The Night Prayer

 

Charity

5 Everyday Ways to Give in Charity

Let’s Talk Money: Zakat

 

Sprituality

On Feeling Guilt

Morning and Evening Duas

Welcome Ramadan! Goals and Reflections

Salaam y’all,

That time of the year is here again! Alhamdulillah we have made it to another Ramadan. I am so excited to be starting out on this month of fasting and worship, and I hope you are too!

I know many of us enter Ramadan all excited, with big goals and plans, but by the end of Ramdan end up feeling like we wasted it all and didn’t accomplish anything. I have definitely been there myself, and I want to not go there this year.

And because you know about me and public accountability, I wanted to share some of this year’s Ramadan goals with y’all. Feel free to share yours in the comments, and in shaa Allah we can help each other to reach them! I am keeping it to five simple goals this year, that I know are lofty enough, yet still attainable for me with the right amount of work.

So here goes: Continue reading “Welcome Ramadan! Goals and Reflections”