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Blessed Days…

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Ramadan is only days away, I am so happy like a little child and of course I got the fanous 😀

I started to feel the bless, peace and spirituality of the holly month already, I can smell its scent and see the light it shines through the hearts and deeds of those who have started to prepare food items bags for the poor, and setting the tables in the streets for Iftar.

Ramadan beautiful sceneries:

A friend of mine went yesterday with some other friends to buy the food items for Ramadan bags, the first surprise was when they got a very good discount since the purpose was to help the poor. When they went to the parking lot to do the sorting and packing an old man they didn’t know came out of nowhere urged and begged them to take money from him and buy more items.

Another thing I love is praying Keyam at the mosque, from the moment you enter and before the prayers get started, you get to see people getting in smiling and greeting each other as if they know them. Little girls helping the elder ladies in carrying their chairs and helping them. And others offering water and juice packs during the break.

The flood of tears while praying and reciting Quran and the amazing serenity after it.

The modesty and compassion that governs how people dress and act.

At fast breaking times where people are staying in the streets with water and dates to give to those who are late from their homes.

People competing for more thawab (reward), willing to become better and thinking of the new year’s resolutions.

Neighbors sharing food, recipes and tips with each other.

Family gatherings and staying up late till Sohoor.

I am so excited and I am thinking about what activities I am going to participate in, there are a lot of thing in a limited time, .. the food bank, Resala, Ramadan bags preparations and distribution (probably next Saturday isA).

اللهم بلغنا رمضان، اللهم بلغنا رمضان، اللهم بلغنا رمضان
اللهم طهر أقوالنا من النفاق و أعمالنا من الرياء
اللهم إنك عفو كريم تحب العفو فأعف عنا

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I feel that most of the time we just react to situations, we don’t spend some quality time alone to think and plan. We are taking decisions on the go.. and these decisions are often influenced by the moment’s mood, external temporary factors, emotions,…
We don’t always have the luxury of deferring issues till we can think, scrutinize and look into details. But had we have this time we should realize that we need to look inwards not only outwards…

Look at people in the streets and see their faces, do they look happy, content, satisfied,… ? no matter what their status is, no matter if they are in the bus, walking or driving a fancy car. To me some people look like they aren’t even alive, they look disconnected from their surroundings. And others are really aggravated, like a bomb … Only god knows what burdens/aches are they enduring and what are their hidden stories.

A real attempt and time should be invested in trying to connect, find some inner peace, discover and comfort oneself. Family and friends are important but they are not enough.
There is a great need to gather and unite your scattered thoughts, soothe your mind, ask questions and try to find where the enjoyment is…
Some people do exercises and practices like: meditation, yoga, prayers, …
And it really does help.

Another practice that should be sought; beauty appreciation … yes you might be having serious problem but god has perfected this world so we can enjoy his bless.

Last but not least, some compassion, empathy and thoughtfulness are so gravely required.
Do the effort and reach for others, no matter if you know them or not …may be they need your help, some consideration and forgiveness, a comforting words or even a smile.
Do it because you needed to as much as they did, you don’t have to be rewarded… you will always be remembered as the perfect stranger sent from heaven.

Now why don’t we grab a remote control, press mute … feel the quietness, sink into our souls, listen, feel, evaluate, keep the love inside and take the negative energy and thoughts away, purify our hearts and get once more to the surface, share and celebrate our being with the world.

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