Getting Ramadan Ready

Every year, for the past few years, I have one intention only when it comes to Ramadan….and that is to have a better Ramadan than the previous year.

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With that being said, having a better Ramadan for me doesn’t include making better savouries than the previous year or trying the new gourmet samoosa fillings and is the latest craze on Instagram. I’ve been asked on many occasions how my Ramadan prep is going, and I’m so tempted to tell people off, but I resort to saying something along the lines off “I haven’t started yet.”

imagesIt’s taken me years to realise and appreciate the true gift of Ramadan. For me to long and yearn for the feeling of bliss that I’m enveloped in when this auspicious month arrives. And therefore, my Ramadan build-up has very little to do with food but everything to do with spiritual preparation.

During the months’ of Rajab and Shaban, I increase my fasting on Monday’s and Thursday’s. I also, whenever possible, fast the three white days (full moon, 13th, 14th,15th) of the Islamic lunar calendar. I increase my Quran recitation after fajr salaah (morning prayers) and increase my daily dhikr. This for me is becoming Ramadan ready. I start limiting screen time (social media and the already little TV I watch). I start spending my time more in the remembrance of Allah rather than waste time away.

ramadan1During Ramadan, I switch of completely from social network. Every account is logged out off and apps removed from my phone. I know how 2 minutes can easily turn into 20 while scrolling through my Instagram feed, hence the drastic measures I have resulted in taking. My time in Ramadan is more valuable than the strongest currency and I need to be accountable for every minute that I spend. I don’t know if I will be blessed to experience another Ramadan; hell, I don’t even know if I’m going to see the one that is just weeks away. And for this reason, I feel I need to make the most of this time that I have.

 

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My First Fundraiser as an Event Planner

This past weekend I delivered my fundraising event as an Event Planner at an NGO. Just typing that sentence sends goosebumps down my spine. Not only was this a dream a few years ago, it is everything I prayed for…Fundraising, Event Planner and working for an NGO.

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Our Hike Leader, Fatima Sait briefs the group

The event was a ladies hike lead by the renowned Fatima Sait (follow her amazing blog Fats on a Mountain) The group consisted of 26 ladies and we started bright and early on Sunday morning. The initiative for the fundraiser was the water crisis in Cape Town. All funds raised will be going towards installing a well point at a location yet to be established. Once we’ve completed this well point, I intend to do further fundraising to install a filtration system at the same location. Filtration systems can cost anything between R30 000 and R100 000. This is not going to be an easy task, but, I believe with the right frame of mind, correct events and amazing people, nothing is impossible.

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We hiked up to the 5 dams that are situated on the Table Mountain National Park. For many of the women, this was a first time experience. I was a bit stressed that the route might be too hard for some, but I have so far only received messages of thanks and gratitude for the beautiful morning. We had two ladies who turned around early into the hike as they felt they were not fit enough to continue. This was a very brave decision, as sometimes we tend to believe that we will conquer the mountains, when in fact, the mountains are so much more mightier than we are.

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The hike was completed in our allocated six hours and was nothing short of amazing. I have met some phenomenal women during the planning and executing of this event that I would not have met on any other occasion.

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