We did it.
We made it.
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*
Bhajiya made by my grandma (fried by me) and Chocolate Wafers
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.