I stopped working in the clubs that I was photographing in. and so I had to find something different, a different area. And when I started to wear the Hijab, I noticed some changes.
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One reason my first Ramadan was so special was that I never broke my fast alone, and I was only at home for iftar twice. Every other night we were either invited somewhere (or I tagged along), or else we went to the masjid, where always at least a few sisters were breaking their fast.
Well Ramadan, whenever it falls during the year, it's like a spring-cleaning of our hearts and our lives. We’re dusting away all of the rubbish, all of the cobwebs that have clung to our hearts during the past year, we’re brushing them away.
The chief objective of fasting in Islam is to develop God-consciousness, leading to the blossoming forth of goodness and virtue in life because the kind of self-restraint learnt from fasting is capable of strengthening the will to lead a better and purer life in this world, which in turn will lead to an eternal life of happiness in the next.
One of the best things that happened during my first Ramadan was that I got married. I was then able to eat sahur with my husband, pray, and break the fast with him. It brought me a great sense of peace and contentment.
I started to fast in Ramadan even though I wasn’t a Muslim and I found it very pleasing in many ways, quite challenging in others, but very pleasing. I enjoyed the fast, I enjoyed especially the few moments before the Adhan of Al-Maghrib (sunset prayer).
One day my roommates told me that they had invited a bunch of other Malaysian sisters over for breakfast the next day. “You’re having guests at three o’clock in the morning?” I asked incredulously. No, they said, to break the fast in the evening.
My father used to find Ramadan so stressful that he once suggested that I should move out for the month, so they didn’t have to deal with it. It didn’t actually come to that, but instead I try to make it easier and more natural by taking as many opportunities as I can to go out and have Iftar with friends.
While reciting the Quran, is the focus to be on quality or on quantity? Is it about reading with reflection and study the commentaries or is it about reciting as much as we can to complete the Quran at least once in this month from cover to cover?
Always be hopeful and ask Allah to guide your family to Islam, and to open their hearts and make it easy to have a loving relationship with them. Even if you don't have a great relationship with your family, be grateful that you have one. Think of the orphans all around the world that don't have family to have any sort of relationship with! Alhamdulilah
Allah gives power and takes it away. No ruler or authority on Earth has power against the Will of Allah, but rather, Allah has given that power to today’s rulers and governments and individuals, and only He can remove it.
In order to attract Muslim (and non-Muslim) youth to a masjid or Islamic center, it has to be a place where they are made to feel not just welcome, but also valued for who they are, for example through what they can offer in terms of time and services as a human resource.