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Posted: 11 September 2007 at 9:05am | IP Logged
Happy Ramadan to everyyy onee!!
Yayyyy, this month is gonna be fun Inshallah... Embarrassed Embarrassed Embarrassed
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10 Easy Goals of Ramadan Smile yes it is quite long but it is worthwhileEmbarrassed

1. Eat, drink and be moderate Almost all of us do it - once Iftar time hits, we just keep ploughing food and drink into our mouths till it's hard to move afterwards. And those of us who do it know this is totally contrary to the spirit of Ramadan, through which we're supposed to learn self-control not self-indulgence. Let's try to stick to the Prophetic rule on eating: fill our stomachs with one-third food, one-third water and one-third breathing space, even in Ramadan.

 

2. Give a pound a day in charity...or five or ten The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, was always generous but even more so in Ramadan. Let's open our hearts and dig a little deeper in our wallets this year. Even less than a dollar a day adds up. Whatever you can give, it's the intention that counts.

 

3. Memorize 4 new Surahs, Memorizing the Quran often seems like a daunting task. But the key is doing it in small bites. Since there are four weeks in Ramadan, try to memorize one new Surah a week. Start off with a short, easy one. Once you've started, you'll build momentum and may even want to memorize a longer one the following week.

 

4. Go to Tarawih prayers, Post-Iftar, the first urge is to sleep after an exhausting day. But try your best to head out to the mosque for Tarawih prayers. Praying alone is wonderful, but doing it in congregation is fantastic. The community spirit is part of Ramadan's blessings. Don't miss it this year. If going every day is not possible, try going at least one week.

 

5. Attend the Tarawih prayer in which the recitation of the Quran will be finished Call the local mosque and find out which day the Imam will be finishing the recitation of the Quran in prayer. Attend to not only hear part of the Quran's recitation in prayer, but also participate in the heart-rending Duas that follow it.

 

6. Stop swearing and/or backbiting – with a special box, It's hard not to shoot our mouths off when someone's upset us. Whether we utter those four-letter words or backbite about someone to our family and friends, we know this isn't the God-approved way of letting off steam. In Ramadan, when we want to build our spirituality, we've got to wage Jihad against our bad habits.

Try this: get a box and every time you catch yourself swearing or backbiting put some money in it. It could be a buck or less. The point is to choose an amount that makes it feel like punishment.At the end of the month send the money to a charity or buy a gift for the person whom you've backbitten the most against.

 

7. Call/email your relatives You'd think that given the easy access to email, competitive long-distance calling rates, phone cards, etc. these days, we'd keep in touch with family and friends more often. But the opposite seems to be the case, as we get caught up in life's 'busyness.' Strengthening ties with family members and keeping in touch with friends is part of our way of life and an act Allah is very pleased with. This Ramadan, call family and friends or at least email them a Ramadan card and ask them how their fasting is going.

 

8. Go on a technology diet Even if you work in the IT industry, you can do this. Avoid checking personal email and surfing the web during your fast. After Iftar, instead of plopping yourself in front of the screen, go to Tarawih. The same goes for the television. The point is to try to give our full attention to spiritual elevation this month.

 

9. Read 5 minutes of Quran a day...and reflect insha'Allaah Even if you feel you've got absolutely no time, set a timer or the alarm on your cell phone and find a relatively quiet place. You can read the first page of the Quran you open or follow a sequence. The choice is yours. The point is simply to connect with God through His revelation in the month of the Quran.

 

10. Forgive everyone who has hurt you, Still got a festering wound from the fight with your friend last year? Still upset about something your spouse said during a heated argument? Or are you still bitter about the way your parents sometimes treated you as a kid? Let go of the anger and pain this Ramadan and forgive those who have hurt you. Forgiving someone is not only good for the body, but it's also great for the soul. And in Ramadan, ten days of which are devoted to Allah's forgiveness, shouldn't we lesser beings forgive too? If you find it very difficult to forgive everyone, forgive at least three people.

 



Edited by ShellyB - 11 September 2007 at 9:31am
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Posted: 11 September 2007 at 10:48am | IP Logged
Happy Ramadaan to everybody..
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Posted: 11 September 2007 at 11:22am | IP Logged
ShellyB, thanks for the small write up.... Lately from 1 year, I have many Moslem net friends but dont know anything about their culture or festivals. The write up was indeed an eye opening to me. I really appreciate that sincerely. Smile

Happy Ramadan to everybody. Tongue

Last question, how long do you all fast ..... 40 days is it?
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It seems to start earlier every year.... I always thought it came around November... actually yeah.. well Eid and Diwali are both in November.. okay got it! LOL!

HAPPY RAMADAN!.. Hope none of you are fasting just for the sake of fasting... hope you are keeping God in mind!

By the way I love how all the major festivals come around the same time... like Diwali and Eid come together.... then soon there's Haunakha and Christmas... really coool
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Posted: 11 September 2007 at 2:12pm | IP Logged
i thought it started tomorrow? but either ways happy ramadan to every1!!! i luv ramadan, except for the wakin up at 5 part lol

ps- we fast for 30 days or 29 depends on the moon n all that fun stuff.
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Posted: 11 September 2007 at 3:45pm | IP Logged

Originally posted by Yeah

It seems to start earlier every year.... I always thought it came around November... actually yeah.. well Eid and Diwali are both in November.. okay got it! LOL!

HAPPY RAMADAN!.. Hope none of you are fasting just for the sake of fasting... hope you are keeping God in mind!

By the way I love how all the major festivals come around the same time... like Diwali and Eid come together.... then soon there's Haunakha and Christmas... really coool

yeh for the past two yrs eid and diwali have been back to back, but ramadan actually moves back a week or so every year thats why this year its not gonna be around the same time, eid will be around 13th or 14th October depending on the moon, in 5+ yrs ramadan will start in summer imagine dat where the days are longer n nights r shorter

ramadan is def' starting on thursday Big smile 

actually i dun mind waking up at 5am coz i wake up round dat tym 4 fajr but its waking up at 4-4.15am and eating i don't like, its really difficult to eat so early in the morning even tho my mum cooks a variety of cuisinesEmbarrassed and sehri ends round 20 before fajr tym

P.S Sheriff bhai ur welcomeEmbarrassed



Edited by ShellyB - 11 September 2007 at 4:05pm
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Thank YOu so much Allure for openinig such a wonderful topic. I love this Month.... I'll try to keep all fasts InshAllah and also i'm gonna keep myself away from bad things... I just can not wait for Thursday..Iftariii one of my favorite thing... anyways Ramadan Mubark to everyone from me ...MAy Allah bring our Prayer true

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