Ramadan Resolutions – Eid-ul-Fitr Mubarak 1438
Ramadan Resolutions – Eid-ul-Fitr Mubarak 1438! Or in simple English, Blessed Feast of the Breaking of the Fast 1438! Yes! We made it to the end of Ramadan! Happy Feast Day!
Eid Is Here
In spite of the persistent hint of sadness in our salutations, we greet this day with glee. In the first place, almost all of us fare thee well oh Ramadan and your self-disciplining rigors. Goodbye to the pre-dawn meal, Suhoor, and our calm yet frenetic paces. Not to mention, Adieu to the packed shoulder-to-shoulder nighttime prayers at the mosque. Even so, one thing we hope will stay with us are lessons you taught us. Your challenges unearthed persistent weaknesses which you deftly turn into strengths for the competitor. Deficiencies which you purposefully exposed and polished. Now, our purpose is to improve on what you taught.
Eid-ul-Fitr, also known as the Little Eid, is the first day of the month of Shawwal. It also marks the end of the month of fasting, Ramadan. No doubt, we are at a reset point. A renewal and a chance to carry out the lessons of patience, thoughtfulness, charity, and devotion that embodies Ramadan.
Ramadan Resolutions are akin the practices of welcoming the New Year in January. The end of Ramadan signals a reemergence into society. A re-entry marked with new standards. Notwithstanding circumstances or challenges, we hope these measures will guide us throughout the year.
Mercifully, like many women, I abandoned fasting for a time. The majority of women and girls get an obligatory “Ramadan Vacation.” Invariably, this happens when a Muslimah receives a visit from “Dear Aunt Flow.” Dear Auntie makes her presence felt to almost any woman of a certain class. For example, the sudden disappearance of a Sister Smiley Face. From the start, she was a regular fixture at the mosque Iftars and prayers. Sister Smiley Face’s later reappearance, much less haggard, shows the effect of her Ramadan Vacation. No doubt, she seems far better off for the unpaid leave.
Even so, she is still obligated to make up those missed days of fasting, but not the prayers. Ideally, completing those missed days happen in Shawwal, after the Eid. Some argue, to recoup them at the time of the Winter Solstice, the shortest days of the year. While others delay, I am aghast to say, just before the start of the next Ramadan. Whatever the reasoning for postponement, procrastination is a villain to us all.
The Islamic calendar is strictly lunar. Therefore, a month is either 29 or 30 days long. This Ramadan, it was the shorter duration. The month begins with the sighting of the new crescent moon. It hugs the lower reaches of the skyline and therefore is difficult to see. I highly recommend searching for Earth’s astrological satellite as it hangs precariously low on the horizon. Whether it be from a tall building and you have a clear view of the horizon or a wide-open space, moon-sighting is breathtaking.
By the same token of Time, and with surety, that sliver of silver becomes a beacon in the night. The phases of the moon from birth to the apex of grandeur and then witnessing its decline is a sublime reminder. A story whereby the immense Universe diminishes the protagonist’s preeminence. We and our lives contrast starkly with the Greatness, Power, and Majesty of God, the Almighty.
Resolving to become a better person is exemplary of Man. In spite of his failings, he continually confronts his shortcomings. This quest for perfection is unyielding. Anticipating tomorrow because he can start over and try again. Fasting in Ramadan is a reminder of personal failings. Still, its departure signals the start of a new race. The course is a familiar one. I look forward to the sound of the starter’s pistol crackling and heralding the birth of the Baby Moon. In this instance, I am always ready for that race. One which has a single competitor. She is my Indefatigable Spirit.
Resolve to be Better
Here, I encapsulate some Ramadan Resolutions for which I will try my utmost, to apply in this life’s 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 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 to me, especially when a situation goes awry.
- Compete more with myself so that I may become the best version of me, 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.
Goodbye Ramadan. I bid you Adieu.
The following is a short prayer Muslims repeat to one another especially on Eid, the Feast Day.
Taqabbal Allahu minna wa minkum – May Allah accept our good deeds from us and you. Ameen!
Spread Love, Peace, and Cheer, Insha’Allaah.
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