It’s the best 30 days of the year again and I couldn’t be happier. If you don’t know what is Ramadan, I’ll tell you:
Ramadan is the time of the year when Muslims Fast from Dawn until Dusk. We don’t eat or drink and avoid doing forbidden things during this time.We also try to read the Quran and get closer to Allah by doing good things like giving money to poor people, Praying, attending mosques…etc
Here’s a thread which will help you understand it better.
But another thing that makes Ramadan special is the family gatherings, the sounds of mosques, the lights, and the decorations: (This pictures are from cn old street in cairo)
So Ya it’s a busy month, I help my mom, I go to Taraweeh….etc but I think that making some plans will push me to achieve some things and making a real change.
Let’s start with what’s I’m very excited about:
1. Ramadan Readathon TBr:
the Ramadan readathon is happening from 1st June to 30th June and let me tell you when I heard about it I was very excited. I promised myself to read some books by Muslim authors (I’m the worst coming for following the plans I put for myself) so now I’m getting my chance to actually follow this plan and support some Muslim authors.
(Every book will be linked to the Goodreads page if you want to check the synopsis & I’ll be sharing the reasons why I’m excited about every book)
1. Exit west by Mohsin Hamid
- I’ve already started this and wow I’m surprised.
- It’s about war and two lovers (It’s a lot deeper than I expected)
- there are doors which transfer people to another country
- I’ll be writing a long, emotional review about this book
2. God smites and other girl problems by Ishara Deen.
- A Muslim girl being a detective (I’m living my dream)
- A murder
- I heard such a great reviews.
3. Written in the stars By Aisha Saeed
- Unwanted Arranged Marriage (I’m happy to have a YA book talking about this important issue)
- I heard amazing reviews.
4. The bone knife by Intisar Kenani.
- It’s a short story so I prefer not knowing anything about it.
- It’s free on Amazon
1.I’m Malala by Malala Yousef:
- She’s such a great inspiration and I really want to read about her experience and the hardships
- I hope it’ll help me stand more for girls education
2. Even Angels Ask by Jeffrey Lang
- I was born and raised as a Muslim in a country where most people are Muslims so I always wondered about how is it to convert to Islam in a country like The USA (Where people follow different religions and come from different backgrounds…etc)
- He’s a maths professor Idk why but I find that very interesting.
- My friend are reading it & she loves it.r.
3. Islam between East and West by Alija Izetbegović
- Very philosophical
- the writer was the first president of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Let me tell you that I’m not very interested in watching movies / Tv shows in Ramadan ( despite binging Voltron the day I’m writing this post LOL) but there’re 2 movies I really want to watch during Ramadan:
1. Muhammed (Pbuh) the last prophet:
- A very great movie which I watched countless of times but haven’t watched in many years.
- Very informative if you’re not a Muslim to know more about the journey of spreading Islam and Prophet Muhammed.
- an animated movie about one of the greatest men in the Islamic history: Belal who was the muezzin of Prophet Muhammed.
- I believe that The story follows him from his childhood, being a slave, and his life in Islam.
- an Arabic YouTuber said that the story is about racism and chasing dreams.
And finally the most important thing, The changings and the reflectings of the month.
I think it’s important for everyone of us to get time in the year when we make a change in our lives, During this time we need to see the bad things and the good things we do in our lives, Try to balance between everything we do (work/school, family, friends…etc) and Ramadan is the best time to do so, So here’s some general goals I want to achieve during Ramadan (It’s the 5th of Ramadan and I’m already failing):
1. spend less time on social media:
Let’s be real here social media is a good place but I spend so much time on Twitter and it’s not healthy. I can spend this time doing something useful like reading or learning crocheting …etc.
2. arranging my time:
listen I’m starting my final year of high school and I’ll be having a lot of classes and a lot to study for but also I want to arrange a time for reading because it’s something that definitely makes me relax. so in Ramadan, I want to learn how to use my time and how to balance everything in my life.
I can’t wait to do some things in Ramadan. Tell me will you join the ramadan readathon. what books are you excited to read this month?