Ramadan Log: Goal Count!

Just as a final note, I want to go over all of the goals I had this month and share how I did with each of them.  Here we go!

  1. Finish the Arabic Qur’an – DONE 🙂
  2. Finish the English Qur’an – DONE 🙂
  3. Donate money: DONE 🙂
  4. Listen to online lectures: DONE 🙂 I wish I listened to more though…
  5. No American music – I did pretty well I guess.  There were a few times where a song had just come out and I wanted to hear it once, so I did, and then I did listen to music whenever I was driving, but other than that I stayed pretty clean.  I never (except once for like 10 minutes) just put on music to drown out the silence like I normally do.
  6. No K-pop/music videos/K-pop blog/talk shows or reality shows/Korean dramas – I literally watched one show and a couple music videos, but that’s it.  Alhamdulillah, overall I was pretty diligent about this goal. (Although I did listen to K-pop whenever I exercised, but I consider that one an exception)
  7. No TV – I definitely watched less than I normally do, but I was nowhere near cutting it completely out. 😦
  8. No Youtube – This was the most difficult.  I watched a lot of videos about Islam (but I don’t count that as part of youtube).  I didn’t go from video to video, which is pretty good for me, and the videos I did watch were only ones that I really wanted to watch, but I definitely could have done better with this goal.
  9. Take part in some kind of food-packing –Not done 😦 Next year, inshaAllah.
  10. Re-memorize all of the 30th juz in the Qur’an – Not done 😦 Next year, inshaAllah.
  11. Pray all prayers on time: I only prayed Duhr late twice this Ramadan and aside from that, I didn’t miss a single one.  I cannot believe that.  I really struggle with praying my prayers on time, and I think this is the best I’ve ever done in one month.  Alhamdulillah.
  12. Cook a lot: I only was able to cook about half the recipes I wanted to.  So I guess that’s half success, half failure.
  13. Exercise every day: Another half success, half failure.  I had planned on doing a work out every night right after iftar/dinner, and I was actually pretty regular about it for the first half of the month, but in the end, I think I only worked out maybe twice in the second half of the month.  Exercising every day is a constant goal.
  14. Figure out a Suhoor plan: COMPLETE FAIL! All the way through the very last day of fasting, I was still scrambling to find something suitable to eat for suhoor.  I just could not get a regular meal going.

So overall, I guess I made a lot of progress, and I’m definitely happy about the Qur’an and praying that I did.  Those were the most important goals for me anyway.  The rest were good, but a little disappointing, but I am hopeful that next year I can do better.  I also want to get in the habit of praying Tahajjud every day next year.  I only decided to make that a goal on the 26th of Ramadan this year.  I also want to read through the books of Hadith next year since I finished the English Qur’an this year.

That suhoor though…I’m just happy I didn’t have to wake up and try to find something this morning.  I never know what to eat for suhoor that keeps me functional for the day but doesn’t give me a bloated stomach when I go back to sleep.

How did you guys do on your goals?  Let me know in the comments if you feel like sharing! 🙂

Ramadan Log DAY 29: A Beautiful End

We did it.

We made it.

Alhamdulillah.

Today was the last day of Ramadan, and I don’t even know what to say.  I definitely had my ups and downs this Ramadan, but looking back, I see more benefit than hardship.  That feeling that I talked about on the first day, I felt it.  The goal of finishing the Qur’an, I did it.  That desire to donate money, I fulfilled it.  The worry that iftar parties are a thing of the past and I wouldn’t be able to see any friends during Ramadan, my worry was proven wrong.  Alhamdulillah, I had an amazing Ramadan.  I found myself loving my religion and where I come from so much more than I ever did in the past year.

I made a bond with the Qur’an. Everyone says that Ramadan is the month of the Qur’an, and in sunday school I was taught to pray that I can have a strong relationship with the Qur’an.  Everyone says to love the Qur’an and to build that relationship, but I never understood what that meant or if it was even possible for me.  And yet I was able to find that relationship this Ramadan.  Through reading both the Arabic verses and the English translation, I was able to appreciate and love this treasure that God gave to us.  Stories that I would hear from adults I was able to read from their original source.  I found myself loving the feeling of reciting those words of God.  I found so much in the Qur’an from which to draw inspiration, more than I even knew was in there.

SubhanAllah.  Alhamdulillah.  I couldn’t have done it without the encouragement, motivation, and guidance from Allah.  I am also pretty sure that I wouldn’t have stuck with my goals if it wasn’t for this blog.  Knowing that I would have to have an ayah prepared at the end of the day for all of you pushed me to read my 150 ayahs of English every day, even on those days where my motivation was gone.  When it got to be 5 o’clock and I realized that I had done absolutely nothing with my day worth sharing with all of you, I got out of my bed and made my day worthwhile.  The complements and encouraging words that you have given me gave me hope that I was actually making a difference.  One of my aunts told me that she felt like she was “living Ramadan” through my posts.  Hearing that and words like it always made my day, my week, and my month.  The reason why I wanted to make a Ramadan Log was to both track my own progress during the month as well as encourage others to do the same, whether they make their goals publicly known like me or just keep track of it in their heads.  Even if you didn’t comment anything, if you liked the post, or even if you just read it (because I can see how many people read each post), thank you.  It really means a lot that you took time out of your day to read what I have to say.  (Oh God, that rhymed…)  Jazakallahu Khayr.  May God bless you.

Of course, I can’t end without giving you some ayahs for the day!  Alhamdulillah, I was able to complete reading both the Arabic Qur’an and the English Qur’an today.  SubhanAllah.  I’ve said it over and over again, but I really didn’t think I was going to actually make it.  Alhamdulillah, alhamdulillah, alhamdulillah God gave me the patience and endurance to make it all the way to the end.  It was really fun reading the 30th juz.  I surprised myself by actually being able to comfortably read all of the surahs without having to stop or lose my rhythm (well, most of the surahs.  I’ve always had trouble with Surah Al-Buruj).  For my quotes of the day, I will actually be sharing the last three surahs of the Qur’an.

Surah Al-Ikhlas (Surah 112, “Purity”)

“Say: ‘He is God, The One.  God, the Eternal, the Absolute.  He begets none, nor was He begotten; And there is none like unto Him.'”

Surah Al-Falaq (Surah 113, “The Dawn”)

“Say: ‘I seek shelter (and security) with the Lord of the dawn, from the mischief of the created things, from the mischief of darkness as it spreads over, from the mischief of those who practice secret (and evil) arts as they blow into knots, and from the mischief of the envious one as he practices envy.'”

Surah An-Nas (Surah 114, “Mankind”)

“Say: ‘I seek shelter (and security) with the Lord of mankind, King of mankind, God (Almighty) of mankind, from the mischief of the Whisperer (of evil, the Satan) who hides away (after his whisper), the same Evil One who whispers into the breasts (hearts) of mankind, among the jinn and among the men.'”

All I can think is that this is such a perfect ending to the Qur’an.  It basically sums up everything I just finished reading.  God is One, seek safety with God from evil, and seek safety from Satan.  All of the laws and stories and words of encouragement in the Qur’an boil down to these last three points.  I always knew that the last three surahs are supposed to be recited whenever praying for safety, but I never knew that they were actual duas.  Alhamdulillah, it makes them so much more special now that I know the meaning.

So that’s it! Tomorrow is Eid, and then we begin the rest of our lives until the next Ramadan.  Thank you so much for keeping up with this log.  I will still be posting things on this blog, but not nearly as frequently as I did this month. Depending on how tomorrow goes, I may post about Eid, since it is the conclusion of Ramadan, but we’ll see.  This post has a nice sense of closure to it.  Eid Mubarak to everyone!  Have a happy, festive, safe, and blessed holiday!  I always say, whether you’re Muslim or not, I genuinely hope you have a good day tomorrow, inshaAllah (God willing).

Of course we can’t forget:

*IFTAR PICTURE OF THE DAY*

Day 29

Bhajiya made by my grandma (fried by me) and Chocolate Wafers

Day 291

Kitchari and Tomato Salan made by my mom, and Kheema made by a family friend.

I got to finish off Ramadan at home with my favorite Ramadan foods.  Alhamdulillah.

Reason #7 to fast: You learn to appreciate those who feed you. 🙂 Eid mubarak everyone!  See you next year!

Assalamu Alaykum.  Peace Be Upon You.

Ramadan Log DAY 28: The Last Mosque Iftar

Alhamdulillah, I was able to spend one of the last iftars of Ramadan at the mosque.  Spending more time at the mosque was one of the things I really wanted to do at the beginning of Ramadan, but for some reason I just thought that it wouldn’t happen as much this month, but alhamdulillah I was able to have iftar at the mosque at least once a week.  To be honest, I don’t go to the mosque a lot.  I probably go once a month, or once every two months, but Ramadan is the special month where I go a lot more than usual.  Of course the main reason why I go is for the iftar (the mosque sometimes has really good iftars!), but I also make a point to pray while I’m there.  Even if it’s a normal day where I’m volunteering at the da’wah center, I always make a point to pray in the mosque.

This is something I’ve developed just within the last four years or so: I really like praying in the mosque.  It’s so quiet and clean (subhanallah, my mosque didn’t always used to be clean, but nowadays they do a pretty good job with keeping the actual prayer area very clean).  I mean, my room is also quiet when I’m the only one there, but I also do work in my room, eat, listen to music, and watch videos in my room.  The mosque is a place for praying and praying only.  When I pray at home, since I’m praying in the place where I live the rest of my life, it is so much easier to be distracted while praying because my mind is always on what I am going to do in the next room after I’m praying and what I was just doing five feet away from my spot right before I was praying.  In the mosque, I’m away from my home and from anything else to distract me.  All around me are other people praying.  The only thought in the room is prayer.  It’s so much easier in a mosque than at home to just sit down, put my mind in prayer-mode, and talk to my Lord in peace.

I’ve also noticed that every time I go in that actual prayer area, I am reminded of all of the janazah prayers (funeral prayers) that I’ve prayed there and of people who have died.  Subhanallah.  I’ve said it before, but there really are so many memories in that mosque.

I am officially in the last section of both Arabic and English Qur’an!  The only surahs left for me to read are the ones I’ve memorized, which are always fun to read again.  I forgot to mention this yesterday, but another goal I didn’t get to complete was to go through all of the 30th juz and re-memorize the surahs that I have forgotten.  I always make that a goal and always forget to do it. 😦  Next year, inshaAllah.  At least tomorrow I’ll be able to read through all of them at least once.  I am planning on finishing both Qur’ans, inshaAllah, tomorrow in case Eid is on Thursday.  My English ayahs of the day are from Surah 86, Surah At-Tariq (“The Visitor of the Night”).  I found ayahs 15-17 to be really powerful: “As for them (the disbelievers), they are only plotting a scheme, And I am planning a Scheme.  Therefore (Prophet), give a little time for the disbelievers: Bear with them gently (for a while).”  More reassurance for the Prophet (S).  This surah was revealed when the Prophet (S) lived in Mecca, which means he was still being persecuted by the Meccans at this time.  They plotted and schemed such terrible things for the Prophet (S), but after reading this ayah, we can only imagine what kind of scheme God is preparing for them.  Every time Allah uses the first person in the Qur’an, I feel like whatever the message is has such a bigger impact.  Usually “We” is used instead of “I”, so when I see that first person, it seems so much more personal.  I just felt such power and assurance from that ayah that God will truly give those disbelievers who made life so difficult for the Prophet (S) what they deserve.  No scheme can overpower God’s scheme.

*IFTAR PICTURE OF THE DAY*

Day 28

Sotanhong Noodles, Chicken Adobo, Egg Rolls, Basmati Dill Rice, and Shawarma Chicken made by a family friend.  (Oh my God. So good, mashaAllah. I am officially a fan of Filipino food.)

Ramadan Log DAY 27: Forgotten Goals

The anticipation for Eid grew even stronger today.  More presents were bought, henna was scheduled to be done, and party plans were made.  I can feel the anticipation burning inside me.  Eid is my favorite time of the year, and I am so excited for this Eid.  I listened to a lecture today by Anse Tamara Grey (the same one who made the feminism lecture I posted about a couple weeks ago) and she was talking about the sunnah traditions Prophet Muhammad (S) made on Eid, which just got me more excited.  Wearing nice clothes, going to Eid prayer and seeing my friends there, visiting relatives and taking part in our own family traditions.  I can’t wait!

I do have a few regrets though, of things I wanted to do this Ramadan but just didn’t get a chance to.  I wish I listened to more lectures.  I went to a couple talks and listened to two online, but I wish I did more.  There were so many days were I was just lying in bed, wasting time, when I could have been listening to some really good lectures.  Now in anticipation for Eid and trying to finish the Qur’an, I doubt I’ll have time before the month ends.  Of course I can still do it after Ramadan, but like everything else, the feeling won’t be there anymore.

I also didn’t volunteer nearly as much as I wanted to.  I think that one time I helped my grandma out at the mosque was the only time I volunteered.  Every year for as long as I can remember, I’ve gone at least once in Ramadan to some sort of soup kitchen or food-packing place to prepare meals for the less fortunate.  I had planned on doing that this year, but the event I wanted to go to was on the same day as the Qiyam, so I didn’t get to go.  It’s hard work, but such a good feeling to prepare food for those who can’t afford it while fasting myself and I totally missed it this year.  Next year inshaAllah…

There is one more goal that I didn’t mention before that I can still do in these last couple days.  I always make a point to donate some money during Ramadan.  My sister and I always have a collection that we put money into for infaq charity, but I want to actually send the money somewhere before the month ends.  I already know where I want to send it; it’s just a matter of doing it.  InshaAllah I’ll remember tomorrow or Wednesday to do it.

I got to the 30th juz in the English Qur’an today!  Today’s ayahs of the day are from Surah 81, Surah At-Takwir (“The Folding Up”).  The first half of the surah gives a vivid description of the Day of Judgement that I found captivating.  Ayahs 1-14 say:

“When the sun (with its spacious light) is folded up; when the stars fall, losing their glitter; when the mountains vanish (like a dream); when the she camels, ten months with young are left unattended; when the wild beasts are herded together (in human habitations); when the oceans boil over with a swell; when the souls are sorted out; when the female (infant), buried alive, is questioned for what crime she was killed; when the books of deeds are laid open; when the world on High (heavens) is made visible; when the fire of Hell is set to a fierce burn; and when the Garden (of the heavens) is brought near; (Then) shall each soul know what it has brought (forward for this Day).”

I’m not totally sure why, but upon reading this ayah I completely loved it.  It’s almost like seeing the Day of Judgement happen right before my eyes.  It lays everything out for us: what will happen to the earth, what kinds of truths will be revealed, and what homes are waiting for all of us.  It’s chilling, but it’s a reality that will one day come.

*IFTAR PICTURE OF THE DAY*

Day 27

Biryani made by my aunt! So good…mashaAllah

Ramadan Log DAY 26: Countdown to Eid

Counting down those last few days…looking back the month seemed so short.  I remember the night before the first day so clearly, as if it was only last week.  It’s just crazy how time flies like that.  When I think about all of the good, the iftars, the “Ramadan Mubaraks” and those moments where I feel so close to my religion that I can’t imagine doing anything else but praying and reading Qur’an, it seems like this month just flew by and the end is coming way too quickly.  Then when I think about the difficulties, the fasting, the exhausting suhoors, the struggle to wait to watch the newest K-pop video, I just can’t wait until Ramadan is over.  I guess there’s a blessing in that.  We have an entire month to relish the spirit, but it isn’t so long where the struggle gets in the way of the enjoyment.  While I am sad that this month where seemingly the entire Muslim ummah is united in fasting and ibadah is going to end soon, I am happy and proud of how much I got done this month.  Alhamdulillah, I am just unbelievably thankful that Allah gave me the patience and motivation to keep reading Qur’an as much as I did this month.  I’ve said it before, but I was totally convinced at the beginning of the month that I would lose the habit by the second week, but God gave me the will to keep up with it.  Alhamdulillah.  Thank you, Allah, so so much.

Since it is almost the end of the month, today was our Eid shopping day!  Alhamdulillah, we were able to find gifts for all of the cousins in just a couple hours.  Usually it takes much longer than that, but thankfully we were able to find the perfect gifts in just one store.  As I get older and older, I get more and more excited to see my younger cousins’ faces when they open our gifts.  It used to be about the excitement about opening my own gifts, but now maturity has given me joy in watching my other cousins receive gifts.  Growing up…it does things to you.

While in the store, I had such a fun time reliving my childhood while picking out the gifts for my cousins.  Seriously, toys were so much better when I was a kid.  I know that’s such a stereotypical old person thing to say, but it’s true!  Those Barbies came with way more cool clothes and accessories back then than they do today…

The end of the Qur’an is coming so close I can almost taste it! Today I got to the 28th juz in the Arabic Qur’an and the 29th in the English Qur’an.  My ayahs of the day are from Surah 74, Al-Muddaththir (“The One Wrapped Up”).  This is the one revealed after the Prophet received his first revelation ever.  He was so scared from the experience that he asked his wife to wrap him up with his cloak, and according to my Qur’an, that is when this surah was revealed (Also from where it gets it’s name).  This surah talks about the Day of Judgement and the Afterlife, and the ayahs I want to quote talk about the people who enter the Hellfire.  Ayahs 38-47 say:

“Every soul will be (held) into account for its deeds, except the companions of the right hand, (They will be) in the Gardens: They will question each other and (ask) of the sinners: ‘What led you into the Fire of Hell?’ They will say: ‘We were not from those who prayed; nor were we from those who fed the poor; And we used to speak idle-talk with those who spoke against Truth, and we used to reject the Day of Judgement, until there came upon us (the Hour) that is certain.'”

I know quite a few Muslims who don’t pray.  I myself could definitely be more on time with my prayer and learn to put prayer before other things.  All of us should read this ayah and realize just how important prayer is.  Based on this ayah, one of the reasons why some people will be sent to Hell is for not praying.  Even giving charity to the poor, which doesn’t seem like a big deal, is also one of the things that these people neglected which landed them in Hell.  These are just some of those things we have to do as Muslims, but a lot of us don’t make them a priority.  Give them importance.  They could be the very things that keeps us on the path to Heaven and away from the path to Hell.

*IFTAR PICTURE OF THE DAY*

Day 26

Banana Nut Muffin and Chocolate Covered Blueberries

Ramadan Log DAY 24/25: Qiyam Ul-Layl

Last night was the night I have been looking forward to for the entire month.  It was my youth group’s annual Qiyam Ul-Layl.  Every Ramadan my group of Muslim sisters spends one entire night performing acts of prayer, worship, and remembrance of God.  Every year it is a truly enlightening experience.  We all break our fast together in the evening, pray our fard prayers along with all 20 rakats of Taraweeh, Salat Ul-Tasbeeh, Salat Ul-Tahajjud, and Salat Ul-Ishraq, as well as listen to lectures and have discussions all about our faith and God.  For the entire night, we forget the meaningless conversations of this world and focus on strengthening our own individual connections to God, with the help of each other and our mentors.

Performing a Qiyam is something that can’t be put into words.  “We pray all night.”  It’s so much more than that though.  We willingly sacrifice our sleep and our social media time to dedicate ourselves to worship for around 10 hours.  By the end of the night, there is a sense of accomplishment that can only be understood by someone who also takes part in a Qiyam.

In addition to all of the prayers and discussions, during our down time, my friends and I spent some time reading the 30th juz of the Qur’an. Those are the surahs we all had memorized at one point, but have since forgotten a good portion of it, so we spent the time re-familiarizing ourselves with the Arabic and reading the English.  It was really cool to read the meaning of these surahs we’ve been reciting in our prayers for years.  Since I’ll be reading those again in a couple days, I’ll wait until then to talk about my favorite surahs.

Believe it or not, my legs felt a little stiff today from all of the standing and bowing we did yesterday.  I’ve never felt that before from praying, and it is an incredible feeling.  It may sound weird, but I actually feel pretty proud that I stood and bowed so much for God that my legs actually felt it the next day.  It must have been the Salat Ul-Tasbeeh.  That is one intense prayer.  It’s always my favorite, and I am forever grateful to my mentors of this youth group for teaching it to me.  If you haven’t every prayed Salat Ul-Tasbeeh before, I suggest trying it.  It is a prayer that takes around half an hour to do, but the sense of accomplishment afterwards is crazy.

So, since I was doing that all night last night, I guess I owe you two ayahs of the day today.  The first is from Surah 68, Surah Al-Qalam (“The Pen”).  Ayahs 1-6 say “By the pen and by the (Record) which men write – You (Oh Prophet!) are not, by the grace of your Lord, mad, insane, or possessed.  No (in reality), and surely, for you is a reward unfailing: And verily, you (are placed) on an exalted standard of character.  Soon will you see, and they will see, which of you is affected with madness.”  According to my Qur’an, the people of Mecca would refuse the Prophet’s (S) message and say he is insane.  Here is yet another example in the Qur’an of God giving his messenger words of encouragement.  In the stories I have learned about the first time the Prophet heard Qur’an from Angle Jibrael (Gabriel), he was terrified.  After going through that ordeal, and then embracing his duty as the messenger of God, and then being ridiculed by his own people for trying to fulfill that duty, he probably could have used some words of encouragement.  God is understanding.  He knew that he gave Muhammad (S) a difficult task, so He encouraged him.  Time and time again when I learn about the Prophet’s (S) life, I see a very human person in him.  When I hear about how he was the most perfect person, how he endured so much physical pain and stood in prayer longer than I could even imagine, it sometimes seems like the Prophet (S) wasn’t even human, so I love reading bits in the Qur’an like this one where it acknowledges that he is a human being who faced difficulty and sometimes needed God to pick him back up.  It also shows how God knows exactly what is going on.  He didn’t just reveal the Qur’an and then leave the Prophet (S) to figure out how to deal with his people himself.  God was there every step of the way, coaching him and reassuring him.

My second ayah is actually one that one of the speakers talked about at the Qiyam last night.  It is the first six ayahs of Surah Al-Muzzammil (Surah 73, “The One Folded in Garments”): “Oh you (Prophet) folded up in garments! Stand up (in prayer) by night, except a little (less) – Half of (the night), or less than that by a little, or a little more; and recite the Qur’an in slow, stately (and rhythmic) tones.  Verily, soon We shall send down upon you a weighty message.  Truly, the rising by night is most powerful for governing (the soul) and most suitable for (understanding) the World (of Prayer and Praise).”  How perfect that I read that today.  From what the speaker last night said, the prayer that is being talked about in this ayah is Tahajjud, which is the prayer we focused on last night in our discussions.  That last sentence about the night being the best time for “governing the soul” is so true.  When it is the middle of the night, our true feelings come out.  It is when all barriers are broken down and we see exactly who we are, what we are going through, and what we truly want.  I felt that last night, and hope to be able to do more nighttime prayers so that I can feel that and be able to really make a true du’a and govern my soul.

*IFTAR PICTURE OF THE DAY*

Day 25

Cake, Strawberries, and Peach-Pineapple Juice

Day 25.1

Barbeque Chicken and Biryani from an Indian Restaurant

(We had a party at our house today that I completely slept through because of last night.  Oops…)

Ramadan Log DAY 23: A Day of Firsts

I can’t stress enough how much I love cooking when I’m fasting.  I always love cooking, but cooking while hungry just makes me even more excited for the food.  My aunt and I spent a good part of the day buying food for iftar and cooking dinner.  It was really fun because we made a dish that neither of us had made before and alhamdulillah it turned out pretty delicious!  I love going to my aunt’s house during Ramadan.  She has a nice big family, so iftars and dinners over there are always a good time.

It is actually thanks to her and my cousins that I started reading Qur’an every day.  Last Ramadan I wasn’t really reading any Qur’an, but partway through the month I learned that my two cousins, who are both younger than me, were having a little competition to see who could read the most Qur’an during the month.  After hearing that, I wanted to see how much I could read, so for the last week of Ramadan I read as much Qur’an as I could, and when I wasn’t able to finish the whole thing by the end of the month, I decided to just keep up the habit and read it every night after praying Isha.  Now, alhamdulillah, I’ve taken that habit up a notch to reading Qur’an after every prayer (except for Maghrib) during Ramadan.  I hope that, like my cousins motivated me, I can motivate someone else by sharing my journey of finishing the Qur’an with all of you.

Every day the surahs get shorter and shorter and I just get more excited as I feel myself getting closer to the end.  The first time I finished the Qur’an, it was mostly due to the fact that I had reading assignments in school, but this time I am reading it completely by my own will, so it feels like more of an accomplishment even though I’ve done it before.  I reached the 26th juz in the Arabic today and read through surah 59 in the English. My ayahs of the day are from that surah, Surah Al-Hashr.  This is another one of those surahs where I found multiple translations for the name.  “The Gathering (of Forces)”, “About the Gathering (Banishment)” and “Banishment” are given by my three different Qur’ans.  The first and last seem completely different, so if anyone knows an accurate translation of “Hashr”, please leave me a comment.  I am quoting ayahs 22-24, which list a bunch of names with which God describes himself in the Qur’an.

“He is God: there is no god other than Him. The All Knowing, of the hidden and the open, He, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.  He is God: there is no god other than Him.  The Sovereign Ruler, the Holy One, the Source of Perfection (and Peace), the Guardian of Faith, the Preserver of Safety, the Exalted in Might, the Compeller, the Supreme and Majestic.  Glory be to God! (High is He) above the partners they give to Him.  He is God, the Creator, the Evolver, the Grantor of Forms.  To Him belongs the most beautiful names.  Whatever is in the heavens and on earth declares His praises and glory, and He is the Exalted in Might, the All Wise.”

There really isn’t anything I can say about that except SubhanAllah.  Glory be to God. I’ve never seen so many names given right after one another in the Qur’an.  It’s such a powerful way to end a surah in which so much stress is given on being mindful of God.

*IFTAR PICTURE OF THE DAY*

Day 23

Potato Pakora, Dragon Fruit, and Turkish Soda

Day 23.1

Rotisserie Chicken made by my aunt, Biryani, and Ratatouille made by me and my aunt! It turned out delicious, alhamdulillah (which is surprising considering the main ingredients are eggplant and zucchini, both of which I normally don’t like).

Turkish Soda, Dragon Fruit and Ratatouille…what a day of firsts!