Some people might ask: How is Ramadan different from other months?
Well..... Every Muslim knows how special this month is.
"When Ramadaan begins, the gates of Paradise are opened, and the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained up." Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 3277; Muslim, 1079.
According to al-Nasaa'i: "The most evil jinn are chained up."
See, how can one not love this month so much? Allahu Akbar! :')
But putting the religious fact aside, don't you agree that Ramadan has a lot of difference compared to other months in our daily routine as well?
Well, to mine at least...
How so? Let me simply list them down so that I won't forget how much this month means to me.. :)
1) Rarely do I ever get the opportunity to dine with my family TWICE everyday... One for sahur, and another for iftar... :)
2) Early start during the day doesn't really bother me as much. Imagine during other months, I don't think I would ever want to get up any earlier than 6.20am...
3) So much money can be saved! Naturally~ As I don't need to spend money for lunch anymore. Plus, I only eat at home for iftar.
4) I get to go home earlier than usual. Usually I arrive home a little bit before 7pm. During this holy month, most of us Malaysians get to go home earlier. Due to that, I get to reach home around 6pm. Woohoo~
5) Evening exercise with parents. Since I get to come home earlier than usual, my dad especially, will accompany me to walk up the hill around my housing area for evening exercise. Needless to say, a bonding session. That's THE best time for us to exchange stories and update on our daily life. :)
6) More time with family. This year, my family prefers to pray together at home for teraweh. It makes us feel closer and more relaxed. Of course I miss the mosque once in awhile, but everybody has their own way to make their Ramadan meaningful right? To us, this is how we like it to be. :)
7) I just love how my family spends more time reading the Quran compared to other months. See, Ramadan is just so special and powerful. It's such a beautiful sight having to see everyone so engrossed with the Quran and is so determined to khatam before Ramadan comes to an end. I hope I can do it.. 4 and a half juzu' more to go in just 8 days...
Well, those are about it. Many other things I have witnessed on how this month brings peace and togetherness to the people. Look at the suraus and mosques. People keep on coming in and out. It is something you can't see everyday through out the year. So many other good vibes and beautiful sights I would love to share, but these are ample enough I guess.
Just with the 7 things I have listed, I think I have made it clear enough that Ramadan is such a beautiful month that nobody can deny.
P/S: Don't forget to recite this beautiful piece of doa as many times as possible as it is the most recommended doa during Ramadan.
Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun kareemun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘annee.
“Oh Allah, you are the best forgiver, beneficent and merciful. You love forgiveness so forgive me." (at- Tirmidhi).
Have a blessed Ramadan to all. Kejar Lailatul Qadr mari! :)