Over and over again, scholars and religious figures tell us Ramadan is not only about fasting.
Ramadan is about spirituality. Cleansing and rejuvenating ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Ramadan is about FOCUS. The one month we can focus on our purpose, our God, our life, our relationships, our choices, and our goals.
Ramadan is the one month we can evaluate the alignment of WHO we are and WHAT we do. And STILL for some of us who are not fasting, it feels a little empty and confusing.
Some of us are nursing, pregnant, on menses, ill (temp & chronic), disabled, with age, with intense jobs, etc.
This is just another area where it just FEELS like ALL or NOTHING.
And this is another area where I stand for ISLAM IS NOT ALL OR NOTHING. Fasting is just a part of Ramadan.
It's not the smallest part and it's definitely not the most important part. Please don't exclude yourself or feel left out. I hope you are looking for ways to reignite your practice without depriving your body of the nutrition it requires due to your Allah-given circumstances.
This is still a vital month. Allah still watches you closely and looks at the ways you are reaching out for Him.
Get to know Him... of His attributes... of His words... of His commands... of His prophets... of His examples... of His angels... of His kingdom... THIS is the time for you to up the intensity of your practice: Dua, zakat, salah, Dhikr, and gratitude. THIS is the time for you to start taking care of yourself: body, mind and spirit. Cut back on unhealthy foods, exercise, think positive, work hard, increase knowledge. This is the time to start making healthy choices.⠀
Ramadan is about intentions. It's about a new beginning.
It's about how YOU AND I CAN BE BETTER HUMAN BEINGS.
Ramadan is about WHAT WE CAN DO TO BE BETTER SLAVES OF ALLAH. Ramadan is about having a fresh start. It's about a new chance to lead a positive life. ⠀THIS IS OUR TIME!
This is our time to reclaim our life... to start making changes... to shine. This is our time to shine through.
THIS IS OUR TIME TO LET ALLAH KNOW HE IS WORTHY.Umeda