I went home that day thinking about what the Imam had said and found myself asking a series of questions. Have all my past Ramadan's been the exact same? No, of course not, there is not one Ramadan the same as the one before or the one to come. Each Ramadan has this one special unique vibe to it that makes it memorable, but then what did the Imam mean by "don't let this Ramadan be another forgotten purpose", and how can I not let this happen?
So, I thought about it the next few days while Ramadan was getting closer by the second, and thanks to Allah (SWT) it finally struck me. I took notice of why the purpose of Ramadan had become forgotten; because we only view Ramadan as a 30-day religious celebration that gives us a boost in our faith, unites us as a one big family during Iftar, and reminding us about giving charity.
Then it occurred to me that what the Imam was saying, is that we don't complete the "thinking" part of Ramadan, which I find equally as important as being religiously observant. Of course, it depends on our individual level of maturity and thinking abilities, and Allah (SWT) knows well. So I decided that this Ramadan I would try to make sure I understood, to the best of my ability, everything I do in this Holy month.
Since I have always believed and encouraged writing to be the only solution to understand, reflect, and contemplate on everything that falls in my circle of faith, I decided to do exactly that.
Recording my daily Ramadan reflections has not only given my Ramadan purpose, but the task has helped me achieve a surprising new goal. In re-reading my older journal entries I was reminded of things I still needed to work on; things that strengthen the things I am trying to focus on this year, as well. The reflections will serve you well if you record the exact feelings in the moment and why so you were feeling that way. Insha'Allah, this will help you better understand your connection with the Holy Month of Ramadan and to help you see the difference between what you were taught about Ramadan and your actual commitment to performance of what you have learned.
Alhamdulillah, I thank God for letting me attend that pre-Ramadan Jummah Friday speech. It opened my heart, allowing me to see the blessings of Ramadan a little differently, and to realize the beautiful advantages of writing.
I encourage everyone to journal their daily Ramadan reflections - I'm certain many of you have already - and to always spread the word. I know for sure, insha'Allah, that as long as I live, I will strive to do this every Ramadan. Writing helps us connect our circle of faith, a gift from Allah (SWT) that helps us see, through words, its beautiful blessings. Ramadan Kareem!!
ABOUT MWA'S NOURAN EMAD
Nouran Emad is 19-year-old Muslimah who is happy to be part of MWA's third annual Ramadan blog. Nouran has contributed several written works to online Islamic publications and magazines. She enjoys reading, traveling, and is passionate about poetry and creative writing. She believes that writing is a blessing from Allah (SWT) that can be used to connect our circle of faith and to better understand ourselves. Nouran hopes that through her writing she can speak to hearts and not minds.