Friday, August 21, 2009

Interesting Conversation

I had an interesting conversation now...

It went as follows:

“With tonight Inshallah being the start of Ramadaan, for the next few weeks...such will be the abundance of food.

Which we do not have all year through...”

Is this what Ramadaan has been reduced to?

I sit and reflect what Ramdaan means to me – these are the glorious days in which the Almighty grants each belier the opportunity to do good which is multiplied tenfold. A time in which the Qura’an was revealed and can be used to reflect and

its message entrenched within our lives so that from here forth we can practise upon and become better Muslims...

it’s a time for when we reflect on our own lives, those of our Brethren and the Ummah alike...how do they feel with these pangs of hunger...are we cleansing our minds, bodies and souls yet feeding our bellies with no afterthought for the Aakirah....Will Allah be pleased with how we treat this blessed and beloved month of Ramadaan?

Help me Oh reader and share with me your thoughts...am I the only one who thinks Ramadaan is a month of taking stock and reflecting on our lives as Muslims....??

5 comments:

Saaleha Bamjee-Mayet said...

You're right.
It is a month of purifying one's actions and fortifying one's soul. And sure, while we all love good food; making up for meals missed by bingeing at iftaar is really not in the spirit of Ramadan. Gives you terrible heartburn as well, and how does one perform taraweeh comfortably when you're one burp away from gassing the entire masjid?

Azra said...

I agree 100%. My previous post "Living COnsciously" highlighted the amount of waste that emanates from excessive food preparations this month...because not only are people feasting every night, they generally waste alot too. It defeats the purpose really.

I'm all for feasting...but thats why we have Eid right?

Dreamlife said...

Unfortunately, the food issue is a recurring one. People put so much preparation and effort into food - yet that should not be a big focus at all. It's tradition, in a lot of households.

So, apart from trying to change that tradition (not an easy task) - the best thing we can do personally is resolve that, when we have our own household, we won't make food such a big deal in Ramadaan. Set your own traditions once you become independent - and insha-Allah those traditions will stay and improve in your kids and future generations.

The other big thing which came up the last 2 nights in a row is parking at taraweeh: the way people block driveways and other cars; and how wrong that is.

Do you get those announcements too?

Blue Sunflower said...

Slmz Princess....

Ramadaan Mubarak - hope all is going well on your side.... Was looking for your email addy on your profile and it isnt there.....

As for your post I so get what you are saying. Its not about the food.... :)

Princess said...

Jazakallah for responding

@ Saaleha - people often put too much emphasis on food than Ibadaah...which actually ruins it for when Eid come you so over indulged :( Husby mentions that if you not in the 1st Saff - Salaah is going to be long with the menfolk burping away...

@ Azra - the wastage is what gets to me...I hate wasting food at any cost but sadly this is the norm and way of life. Dare anyone for questioning it and you likely to be scolded.

@ Dreamlife - Inshallah when I have my lettle ones things will be somewhat different. Muslims are generally inconsiderate esp. when it comes to parking neat or at a masjid and would readily inconvienence others.

@ Blue - Was-Salaams & Ramadaan Kareen to you & the family. Will send my addy to you shortly.