The last plates are put down on the table, the chairs screech as the last family member sits down and cold, sparkling water gets poured in each glass. A quick glance at the clock tells us that it’s nearly time. Time to break the fast together. Hands are raised to the sky and prayers are spoken before a heartfelt BISMILLAH leaves our dry lips and we start eating from the goods Allah gave us accompanied by the call to prayer.
Not long until muslim families throughout the world experience this scenario. Ramadan is around the corner and our hearts beat faster, we get excited just by the thought of it. By now, we suppose and observe with hope, it is clear to nearly everybody that the act of savm is not about starving ourselves just to indulge in heavy eating in the evening.
There’s so much more to fasting. Here are five ways we benefit from Ramadan:
We experienced firsthand what big of an impact Ramadan could have on the personal and professional lives of the people comitting to the orders of Allah. One great benefit is the opportunity to focus. Just timewise you have the unique opportunity to become more of a prolific worker. Take into consideration how many minutes are spent eating and drinking during the working hours. Not only do you take away that time investment, you also are less prone to distractions and work conditions – scientific studies have been made that prove that our brain is more capable to learn and take in information when we fast. So don’t sit around and do nothing just waiting for the adhan. Be prolific! You have what it takes to reach your goals in Ramadan – personally as well as professionally
While giving our best and achieving success in worldly matters, we shoudln’t forget what we’re doing this all for. After having proved ourselves in this world, it is still up to us, if we pass the spiritual test either. Ramadan is the ideal time for that. With temptations figuratively locked up, there are few things that could hinder us in getting closer to our Creator. He will come closer towards us with ten steps, for every single step we take to get closer to His grace. How could this be accomplish? By repenting and praying after sahoor, by reading his words and making dua after maghrib. Let our fast be our shields against evil.
Another aspect of life gets much clearer during the holy month. Our family ties are given to us by God, so we have to treat these bonds as such. The daily iftaars are a perfect opportunity to invite relatives, living far and near, spending time with elders and one of the most, if not the most important part: Taking time to teach our children our values and religion. Experts agree that we learn best through stories! So bring out the Timas Children’s books! You can check out our special Raadan recommendations by clicking this link. Enjoy!
30 Days. 30 Long days of doing an act of importance daily. Successful and thriving personalities all throughout the world agree that building success-oriented habits is a major factor in being successful. And you are already implementing the precious habit of self-discipline by default. Why don’t we add other promising habits as well in our quest to completing the 30 days for God’s sake? These could include practicing mindfullness, waking up early, keeping in touch with loved ones by taking that extra step, giving 100 per cent at work by making that extra call – it could be anything really – as long as it is something, that contributes to you being a better person for you and the people you’re surrounded by.
He who cares for his Ummah, cares for his deen. We should not forget our sisters and brothers during this holy month. Be it through get-togethers, through donations to charities or organizing a fun afternoon for the children in the neighbourhood – The ways of spreading joy and love are countless and all of them could be major factors in contributing to a strong and intimate society, that supports all of its members.