A Special Eid Mubarak And How To Keep The Spirit of Ramadan Alive

The coming of Eid al-Fitr is a special time for Muslims everywhere, and although it means the end of Ramadan, the spirit of Ramadan can be kept alive by choosing to stay connected  to the Universe. After a month of soul-and-body cleansing rituals, Muslims are stronger. Spiritually. During the holy month, Muslims fasted, prayed more, and many gave more of their time and wealth to charity. 

For many Muslims, the end of Ramadan is sad and joyful.

Pious Muslims know that Ramadan is a special time to reconnect with their spiritual self and turn to God. Which is why they don’t want to see it end. But after the month-long journey, it’s also time to celebrate with family, friends, and the community.

And of course, eat and drink during the daylight hours.

After Ramadan, What’s Next?

Now that the sacred nights have passed, I begin to look ahead at the next 11 months. And I know that the connection I felt to the Creator / Universe (whom Muslims call Allah) is just starting. In the months ahead, it’s important to remember the lessons of Ramadan so the soul-cleaning experience is not wasted.

Similar to making a New Year’s resolution, I make a list of what needs to be done after Ramadan and the list sits on my desk like a paperweight. The list grows each year, only because I can’t help ambition and know that our time on Earth is limited. The list includes must-see-places for the next 11 months and goals for the little people. 

But first, 7 simple lessons learned that can be applied to anyone looking to keep the spirit of Ramadan alive:

  1. Revive your purpose (choose a life of service)
  2. Restructure each day (by setting specific goals)
  3. Redefine your work (find that family-life balance)
  4. Rejuvenate your body (try 10,000 steps)
  5. Recharge your mind (enroll in a class)
  6. Restore your soul (find a nature retreat)
  7. Recondition your Self (fast regularly and discover the health benefits)

Each Eid, I take time to look back at the month that just passed. Nights of reflection. Long days of abstaining from water and food. And when I turn on the news, I see more brutal attacks committed in the name of Islam as well as violence committed against Muslims and increasing Islamophobia. Violence perpetrated out of fear and hate for humanity.  And the real danger that hate crimes are on the rise in America.

No matter how violent the world can seem, I believe that there is hope for peace when we choose understanding, acceptance, and most of all, show mercy to everyone. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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