On Sunday, August 19th, 2.2 billion Muslims all around the globe will be celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the celebration that comes at the end of the blessed month of Ramadan.
I am indeed a stranger in a strange land. It is nothing like the Ramadan that I’m used to. Yet, despite the environment that I find myself in, I have actually been quite blessed this Ramadan.
During the last few nights of Ramadan, Muslims engage in more acts of worship in the hopes of catching the Night of Power. Here is a glimpse of how some Muslims are spending their Ramadan nights in America and abroad.
They say that the last two minutes before iftaar is one of the craziest. It’s when we are quickly frying the last pakoraas or frantically searching for the dates in the fridge or staring at the plate of food in front of us while we wait for the exact second it officially becomes maghrib. Those last couple of minutes are wasted in acts like these and show us how we foolishly overlook one of the major blessings of Ramadan.
As we finish up the second ten days of Ramadan, the days of forgiveness, I stop to ponder – what are some different things I can do to attain Allah’s forgiveness?
Allah promises us that He will forgive all our sins if we fast under two conditions: that we do it with sincere faith and we do it to please Him. What does it mean to have sincere faith while fasting? Allah says in the Qur’an that fasting was prescribed to us so that we may become righteous (2:183). But how does fasting lead to righteousness?
Change is one of the hardest things to cope with. No matter what kind of person we are, we all like to stay where we feel most comfortable, and we can all agree that change doesn’t always come so easily. But the best way to greet hardship is knowing that we have the power to overcome it.
Those of us living in First World countries won’t really ponder too much on where our water comes from or how much there is to go around. We believe that as long as the water bills are paid, our faucets will continue to provide us with this basic necessity at our demand.
The drive up to Camp Fred Miller is a long, slow uphill trudge. You wind through the hills of Malibu, going higher and higher until the neighborhoods below you look like plots of land and grass nestled in the mouth of one giant valley. When you get to Camp Miller and step out of the car, you notice two things.
As Eid al-Adha fell on a Sunday this year, many students spent time with family and friends to celebrate this blessed religious holiday. Eid mubarak readers!