06 Jun Ramadan Day 1
My first day of Ramadan felt tough but really great. I was sore and sleepy from night prayers at the Masjid last night, and of course hungry. But I made all of my prayers, I had multiple opportunities to exercise patience, and I made time to learn about more Quran and Ramadan tips. I also started the Ramadan series of QuranRevolution, a program that Farah and I signed up for after seeing a presentation from Wasam Sharieff at ILMFEST Houston, an Islamic conference hosted by Al-Maghrib Institute.
I also spent a lot of time with my litle boy, the coolness of my eyes! Every sight of him reminds me what I am to be grateful for, and why it is that I need more knowledge. He’s a blessing in more than just being a wonderful child; he’s a blessing in that he’s motivation for me. Alhamdulilah!
Quran – Al-Fil (~14 minutes)
Another from Wisam Sharieff. I promise they won’t all be from him, I just love to listen to him speak and recite.
Al-Fil is about when the army of Abraha and his elephants came to destroy the Kaaba, Allah deployed His own army against them. He dealt with them and erased all signs of their existence.
I love Surah Al-Fil. It has been one of my favorites since I was a child. Fil (elephant) is one of the first arabic words I learned and learning about this surah was very impactful to me. I hope it is to you as well.
Ramadan Pro Tip #2 – Advise to Parents (~4 minutes)
As someone who recently became a father, this pro tip was timely for me. I actually already planned to share a photo of “the coolness of my eyes” with you each day, so I’m going to do that. Because of the timeliness of this pro tip, I will also include the theme in my due for the day.
My Dua for the Day
Ar-Rahman (The Exceedingly Compassionate, The Exceedingly Beneficent, The Exceedingly Gracious) I am grateful and give thanks that you delivered my son Ali to my and Farah in good health! He is truly the coolness of my eyes, and you are the sustainer of my life, so I come to you to express my utmost gratitude. Al-Karim (The Bountiful, The Generous) be generous with my family during Ramadan. Give us the energy to achieve all that will please you and all that will make us better. Whisper in our ears when it is prayer time. Keep us healthy while we sacrifice food, drink, and all other sacrifices for you and you alone. Al-Hasib (The Bringer of Judgment) make it so that on the day when we return to you, we are among those who have pleased you and have earned your mercy. Keep us together, keep us strong, and allow us to serve you and mankind.
Bonus: The Coolness of My Eye
My sweet boy, Ali Ibrahim Husain!