By Umm Ibrahim
Hot days? Long fasts? Parched tongue? Droopy eyes? Aching legs?
This Ramadan, I will not whine! I absolutely refuse to complain. Not only will I not complain to Tom, Dick and Harry (or to Jamilah, Sakinah and Aneela) I will not even complain to myself! I feel too grateful to do that. I have been blessed with far more than what I could ever deserve or earn.
I’m grateful that Allah made me a human being, and not a monkey or a hen.
I’m grateful that He made me a Muslim, and not an atheist or a fire-worshipper.
I’m grateful that I’m alive and healthy.
And that He blessed me with yet another Ramadan- yet another opportunity.
And that He gave me the Glorious Quran.
And that I have family and friends.
In fact, I have everything I asked him for, and more! Much more.
I’m grateful for the Duas He accepted, and the ones He apparently did not (because He had better substitutes planned).
“And He gave you of all that you asked for, and if you count the Blessings of Allah, never will you be able to count them. Verily! Man is indeed an extreme wrong-doer, an extreme ingrate.” (Surah Ibrahim: 34)
And most of all, I’m thankful to Him that despite my all-year round sins, He allowed me to fast. He enabled me to open the Quran, and gave me the taufeeq to stand before Him, and put my face on the ground only for Him.
Yes, there is still hope for me. And you.
How can I complain while my heart is bursting with love and gratitude? This year, I will go the extra mile happily and willingly, inshaAllah. I will do it all with a smile, all for His sake, out of love for Him, and in anticipation of His Pleasure and Reward.
So, in conclusion: Alhamdolillah!
“Alhamdolillah fills the scales.” (Sahih Muslim)