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.
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My first Ramadan was in the summer of 1982 when I had been Muslim for about six months. I was a graduate student working on my thesis. At the end of the spring semester, I moved out of the apartment where I had been living alone for two years...
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; this makes me not eating with them on those days seem more normal. When I bring back food for them, it also lets them know that I was thinking of them while I was out.
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.
Contentment is another vital element in a happy marriage. Happiness in marriage or life, for that matter - can never be attained without developing contentment. Contentment is the result of one’s sincere appreciation for God’s blessings, and trust in God’s Decree.
The peace that I felt that day has not left me. There are times when I lose track of it because I get caught up in the world around me. But, when I stop for prayer (salah), I put aside what is happening around me, and all of the peace settles down over me once again.
My overall impression was that Islam is a way of life and is based on a balance between justice and mercy. I decided I had to find out more about this religion.
What attracted me to Islam was the beauty in it. I hadn’t been exposed to all the stereotypes or the media or the negative connotations.