Ramaḍān and Patience (Ṣabr)

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

It’s Monday 4th May 2020. Let’s touch upon ‘Ramaḍān and Patience (Ṣabr)‘ today. 

The fasts of Ramaḍān are tough enough as it is, even without this lockdown situation we are in, especially the long summer days. So this Ramaḍān has become doubly tough.

One of the most important qualities of a human being is patience. Without a shadow of doubt, each and everyone’s patience is tested every Ramaḍān, even more so this Ramaḍān. So how do we get through our day? Here are 5 Golden Rules to help each and every one of us. 

Golden rule 1 is Silence. More easily said than done! Whenever any family member, or any one for that sake, says something out of turn, then exercise silence. Do not reply. The person themself will realise that I should not have uttered such words.

Golden rule 2. After Ifṭār when everyone is nice and calm, very gently and politely, with a lot of wisdom, explain nicely to the person who irritated you to take it easy, as everyone is fasting, not just them. Again, very easily said than done.

Golden rule 3 is very easy to act upon especially for those who are self isolating. Keep out of each other’s way during the roza (fast). You will enjoy a very peaceful day.

Golden rule 4 is Gratitude (Shukr). Thank Almighty Allāh that He has made fasting very easy for us, especially here in the UK. My uncle who returned from India 2 weeks ago said the temperature in Bharuch was hitting 40 degrees. How would we manage? 

Finally, Golden rule 5. Thank Almighty Allāh day and night that we are fasting out of choice and that only for 30 days. Millions of people throughout the world have no choice but to go without food and water for days on end. Soon, for us, it will be ꜤEid ul-Fiṭr, with an unlimited variety of food and drink to enjoy. For them, ꜤEid ul-Fiṭr is no different than normal days.

Almighty Allāh bestow us with Patience and ease the suffering of humanity throughout the world, Āmeen.

جَزَاكَ اللَّهُ خَيْرًا
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وَالسَّلَامُ Hanif Dudhwala