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Ramadan- 5 Reasons I’m happy not Eating

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Salam, peace 🙂

I hope that everyone is enjoying Ramadan.

Ok, I don’t usually write blog posts at all. I don’t have the words and usually don’thave the time to find any so the fact that I’m writing right now is solely because I kinda felt moved to do so. I really love Ramadan, it’s my favourite time of the year. So I’ll just get to the point before I lose the moment; why am I happy to not eat for around 18-19 hours a day for 29/30 Days?

Food gets more interesting
Now I REALLY love food but sometimes I’m just eating for the sake of it, because it’s lunch time or breakfast time or whatever. It can get a bit boring. Fasting for the whole day from dawn to sunset makes you appreciate the food that you get at the end of the day more.

I have more time
I don’t have to keep stopping for food or getting distracted by food breaks because there are none so I can happily get on with my work without having to think ‘oh I haven’t eaten yet’. It’s also easier for me to plan a meal because I will usually have an appetite for something. As a single muslim revert I am fortunate enough not to have to cook the Ramadan feast that some cultures practice each day so my meals are nice and simple alhamdolillah. I can cook a big pot of food and just freeze some for other days in the week. There’s also the choice of iftaar in the mosque where you can take food and share with others. My kids and I also like to make fresh smoothies and have a lot of fruits and yummy bagels with tasty fillings. Along with dates at the time of breaking the fast you can become full very quickly from a smoothie or soup.

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I can save money
It’s really simple – eat less food=spend less money on food. I love to use my extra cash to give in charity during Ramadan.

I realise how blessed I am
As a westerner I have come to acknowledge that most of the eating I do is for pleasure and there’s nothing wrong with that when done within reason. However fasting these long days and feeling even more energetic and being even more productive than when I’m not fasting is proof that I can pretty much live on one meal a day or three very small meals. When I break my fast with even the smallest morsel of food I think about those who have nothing at all to break their fast with. There are so many people in this world surviving without the food that we carelessly throw in the bin. I am truly blessed. We are truly blessed. Alhamdolillah.

I learn discipline
Being around others who are eating or even being alone where no one can see you and you see food but have made the choice not to eat it makes me feel really strong mentally. The fact I can resist the temptation to have a bite of that yummy cake or ice cream. My children also fast of their own choice. I do encourage them to eat if they feel hungry but they are so determined to continue their fast that I can only admire and support them. At the time of breaking the fast I can tell they feel such a sense of achievement and then can’t wait to fast again the next day. Learning self restraint is very beneficial. As Muslims fasting should teach us to restrain ourselves from bad language, looking at wrong things and doing the wrong thing. Many times these things are a lot harder than not eating for 19 hours.

Well that’s all. Thanks for reading.

Happy Ramadan.

🙂

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Blogger Post Ramadan Day 22 Noor Couture

Ramadan Day 22 Noor Couture http://yezarcksblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/nour.html

Blogger post Ramadan day 12

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Ramadan day 12 Baking Banana Cake With My Sistren 🙂 http://yezarcksblog.blogspot.com/2013/07/ramadan-day-12-baking-banana-with-my.html

Ramadan Day 9 Being Kind to Neighbour’s


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I was so busy yesterday I don’t know how I managed. It was probably my most challenging day for feeling dry and thirsty.

Apparently it was 28 degrees with a feel of 32. My neighbour put out her thermometer in the shade in her garden and it read 28. MashaAllah nice hot sunny weather.

I was surprised to find my neighbour who is an old lady (I don’t know how old she is but I think she could be older than my grandmother who is 80) busying herself in herd front garden tackling with her overgrown hedge and other types of bushes and plants.

She’s a very active lady MashaAllah (just as God willed), but I was surprised how she was coping in all the heat. When I asked her she told me that the councilhad given her a deadline for 19th July to have her garden sorted out and that they would be coming to inspect it in the morning. They also wanted to impose on her that some men would come and cut down her front and back gardens at a cost of £90 per hour which would take 2 days to complete meaning that she would have to pay around £1500 altogether!

I can’t believe how.unreasonable they are being. I think it’s just a way of trying to force her out of the home she has lived in since she was 9 months old with her parent’s and into an old people’s home. God forbid!

Why is it that when people get to a certain age they are pressured to be put away as if they are unwanted furniture? I understand that she is getting on a bit and she did have a fall a while ago which put her in hospital for a while but she is a human being with rights and all her mental faculties very well in tact.

Together we managed to sort out her front garden without completely stripping it of its character. Alhamdolillah (praise be to God). I hope that the council won’t complain about it but I know they will persist in trying to make life difficult for her till they get what they want.

Some beneficial reminders on the treatment of neighbors in Islam:
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “He who believes in Allah and the Last Day let him not harm his neighbour; and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day let him show hospitality to his guest; and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day let him speak good or remain silent”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “O Muslim women! No one of you should consider insignificant (a gift) to give to her neighbour even if it is (a gift of) the trotters of a sheep”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary: This Hadith means that neighbours should present gifts to each other. The rich men and the poor according to their means. One who is poor should not think that what he is presenting to his neighbour is not worthy of giving. Even his humble gift, provided it is presented with sincerity, will find acceptance with Allah. According to the Noble Qur’an: “So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an ant (or a small ant) shall see it.” (99:7)

It is, however, better for a rich person to present a gift which goes well with his means. He should not give anything to his neighbour which is stale or which he does not like for himself because apart from insincerity, such a thing shows his contempt for the neighbour while gift is, in fact, a token of sincerity and brotherhood.

Ibn `Umar and `Aishah (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “Jibril kept recommending treating neighbours with kindness until I thought he would assign a share of inheritance”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Yezarcks blogger post Ramadan day 6

Ramadan day 6 The Artwork Without a Name http://yezarcksblog.blogspot.com/2013/07/ramadan-day-6-artwork-without-name.html

Excited about Ramadan?

Tomorrow will be the first day of the Muslim month of fasting when Muslims fast from dawn till sunset. The Islamic calendar is based on the moon so a month lasts for 29 or 30 days which is why Ramadan falls at different times every year on the Gregorian calendar.

Ramadan is for me the most eagerly awaited month of the year because it is my favourite month. What could be so great about not eating and drinking for 19 hours you may ask? Well refraining from food, drink and sexual relations during daylight hours isn’t all that it’s about. Ramadan is all about personal development and trying to better oneself. It helps me to feel more focused and super motivated and determine to reach my goals. It was during Ramadan of 2011 that I started painting my Lily series which was a defining moment for me as an artist as it was at this time I decided to take that step and decide to start building a career as a self representing artist.

It is also a very social time for Muslims and a reminder to us of every blessing that we have and should be grateful for. 

Over the course of this month I want to share some of my thoughts and feelings of this time inshaAllah (God willing). I will be posting on this blog as well as my other blog: http://www.yezarcksblog.blogspot.co.uk

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Wishing you a blessed Ramadan 🙂

Samar

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