Journal Your Ramadan – Day #25: Y is for Yellow

There’s something about the colour yellow which feels appropriate as the end of Ramadan draws closer – maybe the burst of activity and preparations, as well as the fact that we strive to make the most of the last ten days of Ramadan.

For me, it’s an inspiring colour – hopeful, sunny and bright – and certainly eye-catching enough to make you see something in a different way.

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Journal Your Ramadan – Day #21: U is for Ummah

After watching the wonderful Snapchat Mecca story yesterday which has gotten Muslims and non-Muslims talking, I was so pleased to see such an amazing reaction to the snapshots and videos sent in by worshippers in Mecca performing Umrah on the holiest night of Ramadan – the 27th night known as Lailat as-Qadr, or the Night of Power – showing images of the Kaaba, the night prayers and the millions of dishes handed out for iftar to everyone.

It made me think of how far-reaching we have become, and what a wonderful opportunity there is to unite Muslims, as well as informing non-Muslims of the beauty of Islam.

So today’s post is one of the ones taken from the Snapchat video showing a packed full scene of people – all there for one reason, and all appreciating the beauty of Mecca and Islam : )

Journal Your Ramadan – Day #18: R is for Rainbow

Rainbow shoes that is.
I bought these recently to wear on Eid, to bring a little sparkle and colourful glam to the day!

It’s getting to that time of the month (only a week left!) where Eid preps are now in full swing, with a lot of shops getting busier; and there’s that atmosphere in the air of excitement of Eid, of the days going past quickly and of that shock of how suddenly Ramadan seems to be going!

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Journal Your Ramadan – Day #17: Q is for Quran

As we have 30 days of Ramadan, there are 30 chapters of the Holy Quran which we try to read over the course over the month. It’s also so important for us because this was the month that the Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed (S.A.W.) during this time, which gives it special meaning to us and brings its own rewards.

This is the copy of the Quran I have, bought for me by my mum to take with me to my new home when I got married – I think she knew  I’d like the rainbow edges! I’ve been keeping it around the house so that it reminds me to keep reading it through the week and make the most of my free time : )

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Journal Your Ramadan – Day #16: P is for Prayer

As we enter the last ten days of Ramadan, the focus is on prayer, and how we can best make the most of our time to focus and show appreciation for what we have. The last ten days of Ramadan are even more blessed because its marks the time that the Qu’ran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed (S.A.W.) on the night of ‘Laylat Al Qadr‘, also known as the ‘Night of Power’ – it’s also an amazing time to prayer, make requests and reflect.

So here’s a prayer for you all who are fasting these last ten days – I hope you make the most of it and that your prayers are answered.

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Journal Your Ramadan – Day #15: O is for Out and About

Now that it’s getting warmer, I’ve been finding myself wandering around more, partly for work and also partly because of the long hours of daylight in the afternoon and evenings. Its interesting what I find around London – a floral decorated doorway, a food market, street art – there’s something interesting to be seen most days.

So here’s a snapshot of the various things I’ve seen recently, in parks, markets, shops and generally out and about. What have you been doing recently?

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Ramadan Mubarak!

“O People! The month of Allah (Ramadan) has come with its mercies, blessings and forgivenesses. Allah has decreed this month the best of all months. The days of this month are the best among the days and the nights are the best among the nights and the hours during Ramadan are the best among the hours. This is a month in which you have been invited by Him (to fast and pray). Allah has honoured you in it. In every breath you take is a reward of Allah, your sleep is worship, your good deeds are accepted and your invocations are answered.”

The Prophet’s (PBUH) Sermon on Ramadan

It’s that blessed time of the year, where we put away our squabbles and issues, make about 200 samosas, and make the most of the month to fast, pray, rest and reflect on our lives and the world around us.

I really enjoyed the last few Journal Your Ramadan challenges I did over the course of Ramadan, and wasn’t able to find a decent one for 2015, so I decided to do my own one! For each day of the month, I will correspond a letter of the alphabet (there’s 26 letters, so there’s enough!) and see what I am inspired by! I invite you all to do the same as well, it would be wonderful to see what ideas you have!

In the meantime, here’s wishing you all a beautiful month of peaceful days and food-filled nights, and a gentle encouragement to make each day count : )

 

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