Have You got a Case of the Ramadhaan Blues?

Assalaamu-Alaykum – Peace be Upon you

Well the clock is ticking, the fasts are breaking and the Taraaweehs (night prayers) are slipping away as we are now in the last 10 days of this blessed month.

One thing I’m hearing from people is how they are looking forward to the end of the month because they are finding the whole routine of fasting and working and everything else too tiring and draining.

Well it is true that this Ramadhaan (and future Ramadhaans) in Britain will be a lot harder than before.

What with the fasts being longer, the nights being shorter and all of us having to cram everything we do into those hours before sunrise, yes it is a lot more difficult than before – and indeed a greater strain on our lives.

But before we start complaining and wishing for the end of the month we should take a step back a ask ourselves, who is all this for?

Who am I fasting for? For whom do I sacrifice my sleep and wake up for Suhr?(early morning meal before dawn)

Indeed we should realise that Allah, for whom all this is for, knows about what we do and He is aware of all the sacrifices that we are making for Him. And without a shadow of a doubt, it is He who will definitely give us the reward for all the little sacrifices we made for Him.

All those times we heard our stomach growl, all those times our throat was dry and parched, all those times we found oursleves to be weak and could not do the things we wanted – it is all those times which are most dear to Allah:

Say (O Muhammad PBUH): “Verily my Salat, my sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah, the Lord of the Alamin (mankind, Jinn, and all that exists)

[Qur'an: Surah An'aam (6) - Verse 162]

It is at those times that Allah’s Mercy comes thundering towards us and envelopes each and every one of us, and it is at those times, when we raise our hands in Dua (supplication) and are too weak to even just move our mouths, that Allah listens to the screaming voice of our hearts and grants us what we ask of Him.

So whilst we will encounter some sort of difficulty when we are fasting, whether it be hunger, tiredness or even anger, remember that what we are doing is for He who has promised us Himself as reward.

So please, don’t feel down and I hope you don’t come down with a case of the ‘Ramadhaan blues’.

Ma’as-salaam – With Peace

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