The first day of fasting is almost over and I m happy to say I had a good day. It wasn’t too difficult, other than having a headache, but thats no suprise to me, I always have a headache on the first few days. Subahanallah, I completed the first Juz in Arabic and will be starting the second tonight, inshallah.
I think the hardest part of fasting for me is not the refraining from eating, but controlling the temper. It’s the summer, kids are out from school and home with me all day long, just being chatty, rambunctious people. It’s a test of patience to not yell at them or get angry when they do something undesirable. I was thinking to day that it is a blessing, because Allah gives us many second chances so to speak in Ramadan, he allows us to atone for past sins, to train our lower desires and to be the ideal Muslim, if even just for a month. We are our best selves during Radmadan.
For me, I think it is a chance to the best mother as well. This month teaches me patience and control, teaches me the things that make me angry are really not worth it. Whats worth it is being pleasing to Allah and controlling my temper, something I hope to remember and practice long after Ramadan is over. Thank you Allah, for giving me this chance.
I was reading Muslimah in Reverie and she was sharing her goals for the month. I thought it was a nice post so I’ll do the same.
- Finish the entirety of Qur’an Majeed by reading a Juz and a half a day. I realize to be able to finish in spite of uh, feminine setbacks, I’ll have to read a little more each day.
- Listen to Holy Qur’an with English translation.
- Make tarawih every night.
- Avoid the high caloric, high fat foods of iftaar and eat more whole foods, fruits and vegetables instead.
- Teach the girls to memorize surah al-Fatihah.
While these goals may seem pretty basic, most of them mandatory, Allah knows what I have struggled with in the past. May Allah allow me to be successful in reaching these goals.