What a difference a day makes

Inna lillahi wa inna elayhi raji’un.

To Allah we belong and to Him we return.

 

Ain’t that the truth.

 

‘Eid Mubarak’ and no more Siyam.

No more waking up early to get in a few prayers before fajr.

No more meeting up at ihop with the boys to sneak in the last few bites of the day. 

No more eager fasts that leave you wondering how you actually have more energy now than before.

No more fajr wake up calls, that end with, “inshallah!!” The real type of ‘inshallah,’ meaning, ‘i-bet-i-get-there-before-you-cause-i’m-already-in-my-car’ type of ‘inshallah.’

No more planning the days around the prayer time chart that you have crumpled up in every corner of the world that you may be in during iftar time. 

No more endless dua sessions in the dark, hoping that maybe you caught a moment of khushu as you got up from bed, or got out of the car, or walked to the mailbox, or tied your shoes, or..or….or….or……no more.

No more constant dua for a writeousbumette…..or maybe thats just me. 

No more remembering others in your calls to your Lord in the hope that the Angels may say Ameen.

No more excuses to do an extra good deed, or even to smile.

No more random acts of kindness, generosity, and mercy.

No more.

 

Inna Lillahi wa Inna Elayhi Raji’un.

…and ain’t that the truth.

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4 responses to “What a difference a day makes

  1. apasserby

    No more constant dua for a writeousbumette…..

    dude, that should never cease! well… at least until it comes true….

    actually, fore everything… You know the extra things you were doing during this so called “blessed” month, so you have no excuse why not to continue doing them. Why can’t every day be blessed? Why can’t we strive hard to smile to our neighbors in the 8:55am when we’re late to work. Why can’t we get up a little early to pray for forgiveness from the sins we do constantly? Ramadan comes just to show us that we can do these things, that we can pray more and harder, we can hold back from our hunger and desires. And it also leaves us with the hope that we will continue to do this while it awaits its next return…

    May Allah strengthen us on His Straight Path!

    ~ apasserby

  2. Amatullah

    Akhee, we’re not Ramadaniyyoon ! We are Rabbaaniyyoon, we worship Allah at all times and not just in Ramadaan.

    Ramadaan is a means to gain taqwa, and this taqwa is our battery life for the next 11 months until we get another recharge inshaAllah.

    Everything comes to an end, but Allah is Al Hayy al-lathee laa yamoot, so our worship of Him is continuous until we meet Him azza wa jal.

  3. I think you’ve done a very good critique of the sad post-ramadan reality–missing the close community feeling and the extra ‘ibaadah, waAllahu a’alem.

    The comments raise a good question too: how much effort are we willing to put into being strangers in that reality? When I list all the things that some Muslims accomplish during Ramadan…MASHA-ALLAH, aiming to recapture just a little bit of the sweetness of that month seems like a daunting task! But when I think about it a little longer, being a stranger to the post-Ramadan reality you described doesn’t really take that much; just one small deed that becomes a regular habbit, for (as I’m sure everyone knows) “the most beloved deed to Allah is the most regular and constant even though it were little.” If we can be strangers with one small deed(by the permission of Allah) and regularly remember, for example, the excuse to smile at a brother/sister for the sake of Allah, then perhaps the brother/sister will reciprocate, and in that moment we’ll relive the sweetness of Ramadan.

    –just wanted to add that because when I reflect on the sadness that comes as Ramadan ends, it’s uplifting to remember that subhanAllah, Allah has been so merciful to us and made it easy for us to work on maintaining our religious connection …we just have to step up to the challenge! (and I remind myself before I remind anyone else).

    SubhanAllah wa-behamdihi, SubhanAllah al-‘atheem. waAllahul musta’aan.

  4. Flat 5 on the left

    Salaam,

    This stuff gets better with age man – I enjoyed the read second time round much more then the first!

    Well, all except that London post – all your blog friends are so rude, and I’d go so far as to say mildly racist against us Brits. No wonder the world hates you yanks!

    You know I love you really man.

    Just a quickie about the post, and actually a general reflection about all the posts. I’m impressed with how your style of writing has some nice depth to it. This one in particular.

    Some people took it as a literal piece, and on face value the instinct is to remind you of the true reality of Ramadan as some of the brothers did in the comments. In doing so they remind themselves, and within that there is great benefit Alhamdulillah.

    I took it more as a warning. I make the assumption that for you Ramadan isn’t an annual, month-long “event”, but something much more significant, much more blessed. That you would restrict the blessings of your good actions to the month seems a near impossibility. So why then make out as if there will be “no more….”?

    I would suggest that rather then pine over the lost blessings, your objective is actually to make the reader aware of how much they can lose once Ramadan finishes, and to inspire them to ensure they keep up with those “random acts of kindness, generosity, and mercy” et al.

    Or maybe something completely different was running through your head? Allahu A’lam, either way jazakAllah for making at least one misguided bro sit up and think.

    I would do it more often except for the terrible headaches it gives me…

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