3 more days and then the blessed month of Ramadhan will descend upon us all. Wishing one and all, the best of Ramadhan, May what we intent and hope, materialise successfully in this beautiful month. Insya’Allah … Amin amin amin!
For so many years since I was a kid, it has been a ritual in the family to look forward to Ramadhan and during the mid of the month, our late mother would start baking cookies for Hari Raya. A few days before Hari Raya, we would then start doing “spring cleaning” to prepare for the arrival of Syawal. This has been our family culture and a culture shared by many other families.
But this year, thanks to a close friend of mine, who indirectly taught me a valuable lesson in the true meaning of welcoming Ramadhan a few years ago… our family has change this.
Since about 2-3 years ago, I have learnt to do spring cleaning before Ramadhan and putting intention to do so for the sake of welcoming Ramadhan, to prepare the house with a better and cleaner atmosphere so that we can as a family, do the best in our “ibadah”.
This friend of mine, shared with me the important of placing good intentions on doing so. She said that we have been given a month to do “ibadah” with ease and so it is better not to waste time by using it too much on the preparation of Syawal (Hari Raya). She told me to observe and reflect on how as we busied ourselves with baking and cleaning during Ramadhan, we lose precious time to read the Quran, to dzikir, to repent and reflect … so many people wasted precious time by busying themselves on either making money or doing stuff that makes them too tired to do anything else after that. In this aspect, we will then realise that our fasting is just physical fasting of the stomach and that we lose precious time to savour the true spiritual goodness of Ramadhan.
When I heard her advise and sharing … it puts me on reflection mode and I was stunned by the truth that was said.
From that moment, I tried to change bit by bit …. first by doing the spring cleaning ready before Ramadhan and then doing less baking and this year totally no baking at all.
Not sure whether I have succeed or will be successful in utilising the time given in Ramadhan but I try … and I will continue to try … for one thing for sure, I am definitely not confident of whether I will be able to see the next Ramadhan.
Ramadhan Mubarak to one and all!
Sejadahs … washed!
Hubby even help to wash clean the artificial flowers and decorate them again 😉