Today is a day of many firsts.
It’s Monday, the first day of the week.
It’s 1 August 2011, the first day of the eighth month of Gregorian calendar.
And most importantly, it’s 1 Ramadan 1432, the first day of this year’s holy month of Hijri calendar.
Thank you Allah for the chance to experience another Ramadan. And to be able to enter this holy month with good health and peaceful soul is such a blessing.
This Ramadan I pledge to:
1) Perform solat tarawih every night, except when I get my womanly excuse. Ever since I started doing MBA, this is the first Ramadan that I don’t have any class, thanks to the extra long semester break that the government imposes on local universities to sync them with overseas universities. Before this, I always used my night classes as an excuse not to perform solat tarawih (i.e. classes ended late, too tired when I got home). This time, no more excuse, only determination.
2) Read the entire Quran from start to end. My personal copy is with tafsir - 1,117 pages in total. If I read 50 pages a day, I can finish it in 23 days, which is just nice, assuming that I have to give it a pause for 7 days when I get my time of the month. However, I read somewhere that women on period can actually read Quran, no prohibition at all. Anyway, I target to read 50 pages a day, which means 10 pages after each solat fardu. Plan to cover more pages if I can.
3) Avoid wastage during iftar. I plan to only bring RM 10 every time I go to Pasar Ramadan. I did that last year, it proved to be a good way to curb my spending. Shall do the same this year.
4) Listen to religious audios (i.e. Quranic verses) in the car when I drive. I already have a CD with several surahs, given to me by a group of practical trainees at my office as a farewell gift when they finished their internship. Oh, that reminds me, I need to find the frequency for Radio IKIM, just to have some variety. Maybe I’ll buy Maher Zain’s album too.
A wish from me to you :-)
May this Ramadan improves our connection with Allah and our relationships with other human beings.
P.S.: What’s your Ramadan pledge?