August 10, 2010

ramadhan kareem

Assalamualikum wbt pretty people :)

I (and family) would like to wish every muslim reading Ramadhan Mubarak!! Its here!! Its here again!! Alhamdulillah :) Arent we lucky that we get to experience Ramadhan again? Sunbhanallah :D Thank you Allah!! Semoga Ramadhan kali ini akan lebih bererti dan bermanfaat buat all of us!! Ampun dan maaf dari saya (dan keluarga) jika ada yang terasa, kecil hati atau marah. Sesungguhnya yang baik datang dari Allah swt dan yang buruk adalah dari diri kami sendiri.

Well, i received an email today on goals to set for this Ramadhan, and I thought it would be great to share it with you *smile*

10 goals to set for this Ramadhan

1. Eat, drink and be moderate

Almost all of us do it - once Iftar time hits, we just keep plowing food and drink into our mouths till it's hard to move after wards. And we know this is totally contrary to the spirit of Ramadhan, through which we're supposed to learn self-control not self-indulgence. Let's try to stick to the Prophetic rule on eating: fill our stomachs with one-third food, one-third water and one-third breathing space, even in Ramadhan.

2. Give a dollar a day in charity... (or five or ten)

The Prophet Muhammad swt, was always generous but even more so in Ramadhan. Let's open our hearts and dig a little deeper in our wallets this year. Even less than a dollar a day adds up. Whatever you can give, it's the intention that counts.

3. Memorize 4 new Surahs

Memorizing the Quran often seems like a daunting task. But the key is to do it in small bites. Since there are four weeks in Ramadhan, try to memorize one new Surah a week. Start off with a short, easy one. Once you've started, you'll build momentum and may even want to memorize a longer one the following week.

4. Go to Tarawih prayers

Post-Iftar, the first urge is to sleep after an exhausting day. But try your best to head out to the mosque for Tarawih prayers. Praying alone is wonderful, but doing it in congregation is fantastic. The community spirit is part of Ramadan's blessings. Don't miss it this year. If going every day is not possible, try going at least one week.

5. Attend the Tarawih prayer in which the recitation of the Quran will be finished

Call the local mosque and find out which day the Imam will be finishing the recitation of the Quran in prayer. Attend to not only hear part of the Quran's recitation in prayer, but also participate in the heart-rending Doas that follow it.

6. Stop swearing and/or backbiting – with a special box

It's hard not to shoot our mouths off when we are upset. Whether we utter those four-letter words or backbite about someone to our family and friends, we know this isn't the God-approved way of letting off steam. In Ramadhan, when we want to build our spirituality, we've got to wage Jihad against our bad habits.

Try this: get a box and every time you catch yourself swearing or backbiting put some money in it. It could be a buck or less. The point is to choose an amount that makes it feel like punishment.

At the end of the month send the money to a charity or buy a gift for the person whom you've backbitten the most against. Any taker?? hihi

7. Call/email your relatives

You'd think that given the easy access to email, competitive long-distance calling rates, phone cards, etc. these days, we'd keep in touch with family and friends more often. But the opposite seems to be the case, as we get caught up in life's "busyness."

Strengthening ties with family members and keeping in touch with friends is part of our way of life and an act Allah is very pleased with. This Ramadan, call family and friends or at least email :)

8. Go on a technology diet

Even if you work in the IT industry, you can do this. Avoid checking personal email and surfing the web during your fast. After Iftar, instead of plopping yourself in front of the screen, go to Tarawih. The same goes for the television. The point is to try to give our full attention to spiritual elevation this month.

Avoid checking personal email is totally doable kan :) Work related emails still bole check hehe.. hmmm but what if its the same email account? Well then, pandai pandai la ye *wink*

Oh and if you dont get any new or very little post this month here, it is me doing it on purpose ;p

9. Read 5 minutes of Quran a day...just five, not more, not less

Even if you feel you've got absolutely no time, set a timer or the alarm on your cell phone and find a relatively quiet place. You can read the first page of the Quran you open or follow a sequence. The choice is yours. The point is simply to connect with God through His revelation in the month of the Quran.

10. Forgive everyone who has hurt you

Still got a festering wound from the fight with your friend last year? Still upset about something your spouse said during a heated argument? Or are you still bitter about the way your parents sometimes treated you as a kid? Let go of the anger and pain this Ramadhan and forgive those who have hurt you. Forgiving someone is not only good for the body, but it's also great for the soul. And in Ramadhan, ten days of which are devoted to Allah's forgiveness, shouldn't we lesser beings forgive too?

If you find it very difficult to forgive everyone, forgive at least three people :)

My dad once said "Forget the bad things others did to you and the good deeds you did to others, instead remember the bad things you did to others and the good deeds others did to you".

I love these goals!! We (Tahir and i) promised to go to as many Tarawih as possible :) InsyaAllah! Well nanti kat Tokyo, we both terpaksa tarawih kat bilik hotel je la :( tu pun harap2 buat *sigh*

Hoho... Oh yeaa.. we are going to Tokyo, Japan! I will attend a conference (well, not attend it perse.. ) there for 5days, so Tahir got ecstatic when i asked him to follow along, and furthermore, its Khalish birthday soon and we get to celebrate it there!! At Disneyland *somersault*

So, ada sape2 nak pesan souvenir from Disneyland Tokyo ka?? hihi :)

Selamat Berpuasa to all again!!! *hugs*

p.s. niatla cepat2 :)


Anonymous said...

happy fasting dr..
may Allah bless u and ur family...
have a nice day at tokyo and take care..

yaya othman said...

TQ sweetie, same goes to you and your family!
InsyaAllah :)

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