We have reached the bitter-sweetness of bidding farewell to Ramadan once again. A sad time for many of us as we’re unsure if we’ll have the opportunity of tasting it’s sweetness again. Unsure if we will have the same loved ones around should we be alive to experience another.
Once we reach Laylatul Qadr (Night of Power) on the 27th night of Ramadan, we know that the most beautiful month will be leaving us shortly. Ramadan is like receiving a beloved guest. A guest we put our lives on hold for. We cancel all our social activities to be in their company only. We disconnect from the outside world. We don’t even keep up with the news. We stay up late at night and wake up early in the morning. We get through our days on minimal sleep and barely notice our empty stomachs. We rush through the evening meals to get ready for taraweeh (night prayers).
This beloved guest brings out the best in us. Makes us more charitable. Encourages us to be good to others. Brings out the sharing spirit in us. Gets us to reconnect with family. Forces us to come face to face with our ego. Inspires us to give back to our communities and those less fortunate than ourselves. Envelopes us in contentment. An extra effort is made to share suhoor and iftar meals as families. But overall, it fills our soul to carry us through the next eleven months, where we hold on to the memories that was left by our beloved guest and strive everyday to get as close as we can to feel the way our guest made us feel.
Al Wida Ya Ramadan.