Sunday, September 16, 2007

Fasting made easy | Prophets- Ramadan Reflections Day 4

Subhanallah, it's past the 3rd day, and I haven't quite felt much. Time's going too fast, but Alhamdulillah I feel quite productive. In fact, I feel more productive and motivated because of MR's online Qur'an reading competition. Last night I thought about how easy it is for me to fast, and then have iftar all because of what everyone else around does for me.
For example, in the morning I wake up at the same time as mummy and I'm able to work out or read some Qur'an while mummy finishes her nawafil and goes before me to the kitchen.
When I get there, Rizwan's already in action, asking me if I want an egg, and how would I like to have it. And he's very active in the kitchen before iftar as well, mashallah.
Once I'm done, I'm free to do whatever I wish for the rest of the day. And if my parents weren't providing for me, then I'd be doing other errands such as laundry, washing the dishes, cleaning, .. And this Ramadan would be as difficult as last year had I been working (even though I enjoyed it) but I decided not to, since I don't need to.
Iftar would not come together without someone filling the jug of water, other cutting the fruits for the salad, and me doing something else.
Finally, going for taraweeh is so easy, when I have my father to drive me there. There's never a parking spot, and he always has to park the car on the sandy area using his 4WD gears. I'd never be able to drive into such a mess of cars.
I shouldn't say "finally", since this is not even the beginning of my blessings.

So think about how how difficult your fasting in Ramadan would be, had it not been for all those people, and all those blessings.

I read the following ayahs last night after iftar:

That was the reasoning about Us, which We gave to Abraham (to use) against his people: We raise whom We will, degree after degree: for thy Lord is full of wisdom and knowledge.
We gave him Isaac and Jacob: all (three) guided: and before him, We guided Noah, and among his progeny, David, Solomon, Job, Joseph, Moses, and Aaron: thus do We reward those who do good: And Zakariya and John, and Jesus and Elias: all in the ranks of the righteous:
And Isma'il and Elisha, and Jonas, and Lot: and to all We gave favour above the nations: (To them) and to their fathers, and progeny and brethren: We chose them, and we guided them to a straight way.
This is the guidance of Allah. He giveth that guidance to whom He pleaseth, of His worshippers. If they were to join other gods with Him, all that they did would be vain for them.
These were the men to whom We gave the Book, and authority, and prophethood: if these (their descendants) reject them, Behold! We shall entrust their charge to a new people who reject them not. [6:83-89]

Subhanallah, so many Prophets mentioned in one place, and we are their descendants. But how much do we know about them, and how much do we try to emulate them?


Din said...

Jazakallah khairun for your reflctions. They are very inspiring.

Hafsa said...

true, there's so much we can learn from these Prophets.

Imam Anwar's lectures are the best for that reason