Assalamolaikom wr wb
Ramadan Mubarak dear diary, although I am 18 days late already. Its 10:54 am of the August 6th today. Reminds me, I will be one year old in Swindon only in about two days. SubhanAllah, time flies super fast.
Today, I want to talk to you about random things. You, know heart to heart with a friend? Ofcourse you are my friend, I never denied it, but I want to talk to you about things that are just going on in my head these days. So well, we would just start right away.
Sehri here was at 3:53 am and we woke up later than usual today. By the way, lots of people don’t know that Summer and Winter time here in UK has a huge variation in day and night timings. Fajr would begin as early as around 2:30 am and Maghrib at 9:30 pm in the summers and 6:30 am for Fajr, and around 4:00 pm for Maghrib in Winters. Anyway, because of the cool weather and rain, Alhamdolilah, summa Alhamdolilah the Rozas are easy. And yes, longer day means more hours during the day and (may) mean more things that can be accomplished 🙂 [ofcourse, without the barakah in the hours, the number of hours are all in vain]
Ever since I came here to UK, I have been struggling to set up a routine. I kept telling my husband that I want to set up a routine which is in line with the Sunnah and which is also acceptable here according to British variation of times throughout the year. Fortunately or unfortunately, I havent been able to do so as yet. Maybe, because we think that once a routine is set, things will start falling into place and whatever undone work we have at the end of the day is because of the lack of a schedule.
However, only few days back I realized that just like my husband would not like to eat Biryani after a few days of constant having it for lunch and dinner no matter how much he loves it, or just like I would not like to wear the same colour everyday after wearing for few days no matter how much I love it, similarly, there is a possibility that if I had a routine, I would have gotten a little bored of it after a few days or weeks. Maybe thats why Allah has put large variation in the time over here and chose us to come here.
And yes, one of the things I have been thinking recurringly in the past few days are about the nights. The second ashrah is going to end soon and the last ashrah, in which Prophet Muhammad S.A.W has asked us to find LaylatulQadr is about to approach. For muslims like me, who would very much want to spend night in ibadah but have been unable to do so in the past because of the overwhelming power of sleep, Summer Rozas are a golden opportunity. True that, there are momineen who spend the entire night in ibadah and yet wish if there could be more hours to spend with the Beloved SWT at the call for fajr. [Ya Allah make us amongst such momineen]
Anyway, for these 6-7 hours of night from maghrib to Fajr and for 5 days which equal 30 to 35 hours, Allah is willing to give minimum of 83 years of worshipping Him. subhanAllah how immensely Merciful of Him. [Ya Allah, our dearest Allah, please choose us amongst those who can find LaylatulQadr, and be forgiven by You. Ameen]
Changing tracks, its almost 1:00 pm now since writing to you, although I took breaks in between for things like talking to mum on phone, etc. Zuhr time is almost here, so I will take my leave now. By the way, I wanted to share a couple of pictures with you from our Malaysia visit in May 2012. We loved the place and the people. So I am putting it at the end of this post.
Zauja Muhammad Ali