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Ramadan Reflections: The Reality of Life

Today, I felt my fast the most. The sun seemed extra hot, and I was parched to the throat. It was hard to contain my hunger too.

I was sure that I’d eat every single thing in iftar: all those samosas, pakoras, chicken nuggets, the special khaosay, and of course, my favourite beef #biryani which Mum was specially preparing for dinner. That moment felt like it would be the time of my life.

As the muazzin called for the azaan, I gulped down two large waters and ate a handful of dates. Just when I was about to devour my third samosa, I paused. All of a sudden, I felt full to the brim and couldn’t even entertain the thought of eating more.

Something hit me. I #realised just how short-lived the pleasures of this life are. We unconsciously think that the time we’ll savour the treats at iftar would be the time of our lives. But in reality, the time when we were thirsty and starving was, in fact, the most delightful one for our soul.

Similarly, we get lost in the life of this world with all its glitz and glamour. We give in to our desires and temptations for temporary pleasures. We seek to find #happiness in something or someone who isn’t ever meant to give it to us in the first place.

And no matter how badly we want to escape this reality, the fact is – we belong to the Hereafter. This worldly life is just a transitional period, a small bridge connecting us to eternity where we are destined to be.

Interestingly, we all know these realities – don’t we? Yet, we still choose to live otherwise. But as Allah (SWT) promised: سَنُرِيهِمْ ءَايَـٰتِنَا “We will show them Our signs……..” [Quran 41:53]

Ramadan is here with yet another sign for us, at least it is for me, to revisit the purpose of my life and invest my efforts for not just this temporary abode but for an eternity standing there, awaiting me!

P.S. Comment down below what’s your favorite thing to eat for iftaar?

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