For Muslims, the month of Ramadan starts tomorrow or Thursday, depending on whether one follows the moon sighting*, so I thought I’d share my resolutions for Ramadan this year.
Every year, I try to work on one thing in particular that will help me focus during Ramadan and on all the extra spiritual activity I try to fit in (reading the Qur’an, extra prayers, reading more spiritual books in general). This year, this one thing will be… to limit my time on the internet.
Yes, the cursed internet with its sin prevalent at almost every click!
Okay, I’m exaggerating. Obviously the internet can be whatever it is you want it to be. Personally, I waste a massive amount of time on it and it seems almost hypocritical of me to cut out TV during Ramadan but still spend tons of time on the ‘net, reminiscent of that one Ramadan when I didn’t watch any TV while I was fasting but played video games all day.
While not cutting it out completely during the following month, I’ll probably really limit my time on Facebook and Twitter. Granted, people link to some really cool, informative articles on FB and Twitter but do I really need to conduct my current practice of checking my phone every 5 minutes to see updates along the lines of “OMG, I’m soooo bored! LOL”? (Please note: I’m not judging. Just a couple of weeks ago, I used my Facebook status to inform everyone that I ate too much at Fentons Creamery in Oakland).
Last year, I said: “I look forward to Ramadan because every time it comes around, it’s at a time when I need a spiritual recharge, when I need to be reminded about what’s important in life and not let all the little things affect me in a negative manner. I increase my reading on religious matters and try to gain knowledge in this month. Also, I really do try to watch what I do or say and how I am with people. In essence, I try to be a better person.”
The above is always a struggle. The hardest part is keeping that momentum going when Ramadan is over. InshAllah may all of us who observe Ramadan have a fruitful one.
To any non-Muslims who read this, please forgive your Muslims friends, coworkers, neighbors, or arch-nemeses if they get cranky during the days while fasting. It’s not personal, I swear.
*The Muslim calendar is a lunar calendar so a new moon signifies the beginning of a new month. A lunar month is 29-30 days long so every year, Ramadan starts about 10-12 days sooner than it did the year before.