Ramadan Resolutions – Eid-ul-Fitr Mubarak 1438
Eid-ul-Fitr Mubarak 1438! Blessed Feast of the Breaking of the Fast 1438! Also, known as the Little Eid, this is the first day of the month of Shawwal and marks the end of Ramadan. No doubt we are at a reset point, a renewal, and a chance to implement the many lessons of patience, thoughtfulness, austerity, charity, and devotion that embodies Ramadan.
Akin to making a New Year’s Resolution at the start of January, the end of Ramadan signals a reemergence into society with a profound set of standards we hope will guide us throughout the year notwithstanding circumstances, trials, or challenges.
Mercifully, like many women, I abandoned fasting for a time and Ramadan was only 29 rather than 30 days this year. Many women and girls, get an obligatory “Ramadan vacation” from fasting. This invariably happens when a Muslimah receives a visit from “Dear Aunt Flow.” Our Auntie makes her presence felt to almost any woman during Ramadan, as is evidenced by the sudden disappearance of a Sister who was for a time, a regular fixture at the mosque Iftars and prayers. She reappears less haggard, and arguably a bit better for the unpaid time off. Even so, she is still obligated to make up those missed days of fasting, but not the prayers. Those missed days are ideally completed in Shawwal after the Eid, but some make an argument to recoup them around the time of the Winter Solstice, the shortest days of the year, while others procrastinate, I am aghast to say, to just prior to the start of the next Ramadan.
The Islamic calendar is strictly lunar and as such a month can be either 29 or 30 days. The new month begins with the sighting of the low hanging crescent moon. I highly recommend you take the opportunity to search for Earth’s astrological satellite when it hangs imperceptibly low on the horizon. Strangely, by the same token, of Time, and with surety will become a beaming strength dominating the night sky a few days hence. It is a fleeting and sublime reminder of our puniness and the Greatness, Power, and Majesty of God, the Almighty.
Here, I encapsulate some (post) Ramadan Resolutions for which I will try my darndest, utmost, to implement in this life journey. I hope you may also gain something from this list as well.
Do More of the Following:
- Be charitable.
- Appreciate people and tell them.
- Pamper oneself.
- Stay away from the computer a little bit.
- Eat clean food.
- Drink water.
- Experience nature.
- Watch less TV.
- Look for wisdom at every turn.
- Assume less.
- Take people by their words and actions.
- Stay calm in the face of someone else’s issues, as well as control my proclivity towards a short temper.
- Be kind with myself, especially when a situation goes awry.
- Compete more with myself in order to become the best version of me, I can be, insha’Allaah.
- Finally, give thanks to God, the Almighty – especially for sparing us from experiencing one of those fierce heatwaves we often get at this time of the year, during Ramadan.