30 Days of Ramadan Challenge {Day 1: Patience}

Well maybe 30 or 29, but let’s not get lost in the details and loose perspective OK?

Also to make things clear, I am a liberal feminist Muslim but we can all agree that Ramadan is a great time for cleansing the self and becoming a better person and a better Muslim.  This is my own personal challenge.  I like setting goals and I like going after them.  This Ramadan, I am going to look for 30 things that I would like to practice every day and I thought of inviting you all to join me.  I will be posting my  challenge the day before and then I will let you know how it went.

So since tomorrow is the first day of Ramadan (Ramadan Kareem to all of you) my first challenge is patience.

Patience and its derivatives was mentioned 103 times in the Quran
قال تعالى ( البقرة 155 ) : { ولنبلونكم بشيء من الخوف والجوع ونقص من الأموال والأنفس والثمرات وبشر الصابرين }

And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Sabirun (the patient)”. (2:155

Day one is perfect for patience because everyone is so edgy, tired and hungry, not to mention thirsty this year with Ramadan in August.  I wasn’t fasting today and everything went exactly opposite to how I wanted it to and by the end of the day I was ready to jump out of the window.  If I were a more patient person, days like today might be easier to deal with.

يا رب إرزقني الصبر

God give me patience