The Glory and Joy of Ramadan…

The glory and joy of finding oneself once again, in the blessed month of Ramadan starts well before the actual month…the anticipation and preparation of an internal and personal journey is a step by step trek, and then before you know it Ramadan has flown by and we are in the last ten days of this month…within which falls Laylut-ul-Qadr…The Night of Power/The Night of Destiny …the night when the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad…a time of harnessing great blessings! We approach these last ten nights with an heightened awareness of the gates of the grace and mercy of Allah being flung wide open for those found on this path…a culmination of the vigils of worship…

Ramadan comes with a host of glories…above all, that of a personal search, and…relating the fasting, the abstinence of the outer and feeding the inner…to an ultimate form of worship and connection between the self and Allah, with the sole purpose of attaining His pleasure and grace!  Ramadan starts out in an anticipatory mode…filled with a hunger to find new meanings for the self and personal growth through a form of pruning the extra leaves of your life…almost, as someone said, a ‘personal  body and soul detox’…pushing the envelope of the inner self in this deeply spiritual time of year…with a sense of joy to recharge the battery of your spirit and soul! More specifically, this time of year has a direct co-relationship with the space you occupy at the present point of time in your own life and through it, to come to a deeper and more meaningful understanding of the Divine…a journey of better understanding and experiencing the purpose of the connection of submission to Divine Will…

On another level it is also finding new meanings in the fellowship of the family…community and society at large…finding harmony in the bigger picture…consciously increasing justice, charity and compassion in the spheres of daily routine…a continuing search for equity…fairness…empathy…patience…brotherhood…mindfulness…and personal excellence! Definitive in this process is internalizing to understand and carrying this personal and spiritual discipline beyond this blessed month…to raise personal awareness and consciousness of the Divine to an heightened sense of being…

His mercy and generosity spills over in a celebratory culmination of this month of devotional abstinence, search and worship…to the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr…a three day celebration of kith…kin…joy…sharing…color…food…love…laughter…manna for the heart and soul…the Good Lord be praised…

Today we also celebrate 65 years of my home counry…Pakistan! It was the month of Ramadan when we celebrated the establishing of this new homeland and identity all those years ago…the need of the hour is a collective will and consciousness to renew those vows of sincerity…honesty…determination and hard work and re-establish ourselves as stakeholders in this wonderful land of ours…

I have been away from the blogosphere and missing it…am now looking forward to reconnecting with my blogging family…stay blessed!

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mal
    Aug 17, 2012 @ 17:11:09

    “…a sense of joy to recharge the battery of your spirit and soul!” …beautifully said indeed, dear Shama! A time for some soul searching and endeavouring, with great earnestness, to be a better person…God willing. A lovely post. God bless…and Eid Mubarak, Shama! 🙂

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  2. shamasheikh
    Aug 19, 2012 @ 20:59:20

    Amen…thank you so much Maleeha…
    Eid Mubarak to you too…may it be a blessed and joyous time…amen!

    God bless…

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  3. Writes2escape
    Aug 20, 2012 @ 14:09:50

    Gorgeous post! =) Ramadan is a beautiful month, and hopefully we’ll live to see another Ramadan!
    Oh, and Eid Mubarik!

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    • shamasheikh
      Aug 29, 2012 @ 09:54:42

      Thank you and a belated Eid Mubarak Tayyaba…Hope you had a good time at Eid…eidi et al…

      Yes, you’re absolutely right , Ramzan is a very special and beautiful month and the prayer is to experience more such blessed months…amen!

      God bless…

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  4. An Idealist Thinker
    Aug 21, 2012 @ 14:40:19

    As-salaam-alaikum, Shama. And Eid Mubarak ! I am a day late but I trust you had a good time with family, like always.

    So many people are away from the blogosphere. I have myself begun venturing out only a few days back. I am glad you are back too!

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    • shamasheikh
      Aug 29, 2012 @ 10:03:07

      Wa-laikhum-us-Salaam AIT…and a belated Eid Mubarak to you too…

      Jazak Allah Khairan for your good wishes…my apologies for this delay in getting back to you..post Ramzan is a busy but wonderful time with friends and family visiting over Eid…

      Yes I am happy to see you back here…I mailed you last month, wonder if you saw that! Look forward to coming back more regularly to ths forum and reading more from you…

      God bless…

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  5. Arindam
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 18:06:06

    Eid Mubarak Shamaji. I hope you had a great day.

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  6. souldipper
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 19:24:57

    Thank you for a very insightful description of Ramadan and it’s glory to body and soul. I like the concept of the “detox” – so many people in my life practice tiny ‘detoxes’ by comparison but I am awed by so many in a variety of nations participating at the same time.

    I’m also mindful of the fact that you would have been very pregnant with Saamia one of these times of Ramadan. Are there allowances made for pregnant women?

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  7. shamasheikh
    Sep 08, 2012 @ 16:56:35

    It is so good to hear that you got a little insight into the month of Ramadan from this post Amy…would love to discuss it with you when we meet inshallah ( God willing)…on my next trip to your beautiful part of the world!

    You are so right Amy, the thought and awareness of the glory of this month being celebrated and practiced by millions of people across borders is a very uplifting feeling in the personal as well as the spiritual space…

    As Muslims we follow a lunar calendar…which means that Ramadan is never at any one particular period of year…but rather shifts  by ten days yearly! Hence, as far as I can remember I did not experience Ramadan when I was carrying Saamia! 

    Many women find it absolutely easy to fast even during this time and do…however, there is leeway to leave the fasts in a state of pregnancy. There are a few other situation which  allow you to leave the fasts…these however come with the advice that you compensate by  helping the needy who are fasting during this month. Divine systems are ‘non pareil’ ….unfortunately it is the interpretation and adherence, or lack thereof, that creates confusion and anarchy in the minds of men and societies…

    Thank you and God bless Amy…

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