Sunday, 17 May 2020

Ramadan 2020/1441: Ramadan Gratitude Journal Day 24

What part of the day are you grateful for?
There are moments throughout the day that you look forward to or that you find pleasure in. In Ramadan we fall into such a strong routine, that this is even more the case.

For me there are a few times during the day. If I am not at work, then the time after the afternoon prayer (Zoher) gives me some free time for myself.  These last few days have been s busy, that these bits of free time now feel so precious.

The time after Asr (the last afternoon prayer) and after I have had my nap, but before I go in the kitchen. I get half an hour to read Quran and do my dhikr.

At night, after I am done with the kitchen and sit down with my coffee and something sweet to blog, so satisfying. After a busy day, this is my time.

After taraweeh (the night prayer during Ramadan), I run on my machine for 20 minutes, sometimes it’s almost 1am and the kids keep asking me if I’m feeling alright, but I feel amazing afterwards.

Then after suhoor and the dawn prayer, when I get back into bed, I can’t even explain the bliss 😊

But the one part of the day I am grateful for, even more so than the others, is iftar, the time to break the fast:

Narrated Abu Hurayrah (radhiallahu‘anh): Allah's Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said "There are two pleasures for the fasting person, one at the time of breaking his fast, and the other at the time when he will meet his Lord; then he will be pleased because of his fasting." (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 31, Number 128)

This is the time our dua’s are accepted, the food tastes better than it normally does, because our taste buds are sharper. After a day of no food or water, every mouthful is so satisfying.

What part of the day are you grateful for?

You can find the original Ramadan Gratitude journal challenge here and my take on it here.

image source: courtesy of my little sister

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (radhiallahu‘anh) it is related that the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “There are three people whose ‘Du’a’ is not rejected; the fasting person until he breaks the fast, the just ruler, and the oppressed person, whose Duaa Allah lifts above the clouds and opens unto it the doors of Jannah, and Allah says: “I swear by My Honour, verily I shall assist you, even though it may be after some time.” (Ahmad and Tirmidhi)

In another hadith also on the authority of Abu Hurayrah (radhiallahu‘anh) it is related that the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Whatever is prayed for at the time of breaking the fast is granted and never refused.” (Tirmidhi)

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