@The Month Of Ramadan

Farewell the Holy Month of Ramadan. Looking back through the planner, there is clarity, and an appreciation for the journey. There are also blank days highlighting the fact that I was too busy to record my learning on that day, and that I couldn’t recall after a few days what it was that I learnt. This was lost knowledge. It confirmed so clearly that knowledge must be recorded, used and passed on, in order to attain value.

Goodbye most generous, blessed month. *سلِّموا عليهِ قبلَ رحيلِهِ* كما سلَّمَ إمامنا زين العابدين(ع)
في وداعِ شهرِ رمضان | 🍃

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا شَهْرَ اللهِ الأكْبَرَ ، وَيَا عِيْدَ أَوْلِيَائِهِ
السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَـا أكْرَمَ مَصْحُـوبٍ مِنَ الأوْقَات ِ، وَيَا خَيْرَ شَهْرٍ فِي الأيَّامِ وَالسَّاعَاتِ
السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ مِنْ شَهْرٍ قَرُبَتْ فِيهِ الآمالُ ، وَنُشِرَتْ فِيهِ الأعمَالُ
السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ مِنْ قَرِينٍ جَلَّ قَدرُهُ مَوْجُوداً ، وَأَفْجَعَ فَقْدُهُ مَفْقُوداً ، وَمَرْجُوٍّ آلَمَ فِرَاقُهُ
السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ مِنْ نَاصِرٍ أَعَانَ عَلَىٰ الشَّيْطَانِ ، وَصَاحِبٍ سَهَّلَ سُبُلَ الإحسَانِ
السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ مَا أكْثَرَ عُتَقَاءَ اللهِ فِيكَ ، وَمَا أَسْعَدَ مَنْ رَعَىٰ حُرمَتَكَ بكَ
السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ مَا كَانَ أَمْحَاكَ لِلذُّنُوبِ ، وَأَسْتَرَكَ لِأَنْوَاعِ الْعُيُوب ِ
السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ كَمَا وَفَدْتَ عَلَيْنَا بِالْبَرَكَات ِ، وَغَسَلْتَ عَنَّا دَنَسَ الْخَطِيئاتِ
السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْـكَ وَعَلَىٰ لَيْلَةِ الْقَدْرِ الَّتِي هِيَ خَيْرٌ مِنْ أَلْفِ شَهْر
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ ما كَانَ أَحرَصَنَا بِالأمْسِ عَلَيْكَ ، وَأَشَدَّ شَوْقَنَا غَدَاً إلَيْكَ
السَلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ وَعَلَىٰ فَضْلِكَ الَّذِي حُرِمْنَاهُ ، وَعَلَىٰ مَاضٍ مِنْ بَرَكَاتِكَ سُلِبْنَاهُ

الصحيفة السجادية للإمام زين العابدين (عليه السلام) دعاء/ 45 *اللهم صلِّ علىٰ مُحمّدٍ وآلِ مُحمّدٍ*

When i was getting my goals ready for this month of Ramadan, I reread the Prophet’s (asws) advice, as well as that by Imam Sadiq (as). This provided me with so much thought and motivated me to begin the month of Ramadan in the best of ways. I wanted to account for every day and make the most of this special time. I had previously seen these moon phase planners and used the idea to prepare a Ramadan Planner where I can record the Qur’anic chapters read, reflect on each day with gratitude and have a place to reflect on the progress of achieving my goals. It’s Autumn now and hence the warm Autumn colours and leaves. One of the narrations I wrote on the Planner is by Imam Sadiq (as):
“To fast is not just to abstain from eating and drinking. Rather, each of your senses has rights on you related to the fast. When you fast, you should let your hearing, vision, hair, skin, tongue, stomach and modesty fast with you, and you should safeguard yourself so that there is a distinction between the day you fast and the day you do not.”
My children watched me prepare the planner and added their own ideas, discussed the narration I wrote on it and my plans. They are now thinking about their own goals for the month. I wonder if they will be inspired to do their own planners too.