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Post-Ramadan reflection

By: Wasi Momin 

Ramadan. I spend every year in anticipation for it, eager for it to arrive. And when it comes, it just seems to fly by. And when it has passed, I’m wondering where it went. They say that good things don’t last forever. I try to take with me for the rest of my life the little bit of goodness I take from it every year.

The Islamic Center hosts a pre-Ramadan banquet every year, which is titled, “Ramadan: A Time of Renewal.” The word, “renewal,” sums up Ramadan to me pretty well. Ramadan to me is a time of renewal of spirituality, family, a sense of community, belonging, and most importantly, of faith. Going through about our lives, we seem to compromise with our faith at times. This may mean to not do things that we know we’re supposed to and do some things that we know we’re not.

I feel sometimes that we neglect ourselves, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Ramadan is a perfect time for me to reconnect with myself and God. It’s a time of spiritual healing. It is also, however, a time to grow spiritually, to grow in faith, and to become a better person. The Quran says that the purpose of fasting is to attain taqwa, God-consciousness/awareness of God. That for me is the essence of faith. Muslims all over the world during this time of the month fast and pray diligently to grow in spirituality, in faith, to become better people, in the Cause of God. Ramadan for me is a blessing from God, Alhamdulillah.

 

 


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