Starve the ego, feed the soul – Unknown
As we approach the last days of Ramadan, it is worth looking back at the last 16 days and use the next couple of days to prepare for what it is we want, we hope, and we seek for the next year and beyond.
The last 10 days are special because those who fast this month believe that there is one special night that is bestowed on people who are genuine in their actions of worship, love and charity bringing great blessings with it where angels surround earth, the skies and the heavens above. It is also in this special night that our destinies for the next year are revealed, may they be great.
Reflection is key to this preparation as we have had 16 days to really see who we really are as fasting and the fasting month expose our souls in ways that are often more challenging day to day as we are busy at work, home, friends, and life more generally.
How were you with people? Did you gossip? Did you hurt someone with your words or actions?
How did you feel about people? Envious? Hoping for them what you hope for yourself?
How were you with your family? Your children? Were you angry? Were you kind and merciful?
How were you with money? Did you waste it? Did you share it with others through gifts and generosity?
How were you with work? Did you complete tasks with excellence?
How were you with god? Did you seek forgiveness for the *not so proud* things you did? Did you ask for all the things you want?
Ramadan is not about limiting food and drink, ramadan is about seeing who we truly are and working on what needs to improve and thanking god for the lovely qualities we have.
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