Preparing for this year’s Ramadan

The better I plan my Ramadan-days, the better I feel, making most out of this special month….
it is so easy to get distracted and lost by our own laziness, television, spending time in the kitchen, thinking about what to cook for Iftar, cleaning around and not making anything that really matters…
but there are so many thing that really do matter, things I want to do and accomplish during this sacred month.

I know, that the self-control we have to practice in not eating from dawn until the evening can help us in many ways to control also other parts of our lifes. This self-control can help us to improve and train the different “muscles of good habits”… giving up bad things and training ourselves in blessed ones…
and the hours we save by not eating can help us much in accomplishing things we normally would not being able to do during normal days, interrupted by coffee-, lunch- and tea-breaks.

In planning, defining and  organising my Ramadan, I find great help in the “productive Muslim” book from Mohamed Faris. I try to put the focus now on what really matters and making best use of the waking hours every day, inchaallah.
How and what d you plan for your Ramadan this year?


this year’s Ramadan calendar:
a bunch of paper-sticks, like flowers in a vase,… everyday with a little reminder of worship, blessing, beauty and love…

 

 

 

Memories and a Poem

Nearly a month that I didn’t write here – So much that happened over the last weeks at our school. You can read about it at our blog and facebook-site, even around the internet you’ll find different articles and this film talking about our big opening party at the “campus vivant’e”, alhamdulillah.
Now it is getting more quiet around here, Ramadan approaches and a silent fatigue can be felt. The last months were exhausting, yet beautiful.
I’ll share some pictures here and this beautiful German poem a friend gave me – it reflects quiet well some of my thoughts and feelings…

 



KRIEGER DES LICHTS
(Songtext von „Silbermond“) 

Sei wie der Fluß, der eisern ins Meer fließt
Der sich nicht abbringen läßt egal wie schwer’s ist
Selbst den größten Stein fürchtet er nicht
Auch wenn es Jahre dauert bis er ihn bricht
Und wenn Dein Wille schläft, dann weck ihn wieder
Denn in jedem von uns steckt dieser Krieger
Dessen Mut ist wie ein Schwert
Doch die größte Waffe ist sein Herz.

Lasst uns aufstehn
Macht Euch auf den Weg
An alle Krieger des Lichts
An alle Krieger des Lichts
Wo seid Ihr
Ihr seid gebraucht hier
Macht Euch auf den Weg
An alle Krieger des Lichts
An alle Krieger des Lichts
Das hier geht an alle Krieger des Lichts

Hab keine Angst vor Deinen Schwächen
Fürchte nie Deine Fehler aufzudecken
Sei bedacht, beruhigt und befreit
Sei auch verrückt von Zeit zu Zeit
Lass Dich nicht täuschen, auch wenns aus Gold ist
Lass Dich nicht blenden, erst recht von falschem Stolz nicht
Lerne vergeben und verzeihen
Lerne zu fesseln und zu befreien

Lasst uns aufstehn
Macht Euch auf den Weg
An alle Krieger des Lichts
An alle Krieger des Lichts
Wo seid Ihr
Ihr seid gebraucht hier
Macht Euch auf den Weg
An alle Krieger des Lichts
An alle Krieger des Lichts
Das hier geht an alle Krieger des Lichts

Und er kennt seine Grenzen und geht trotzdem zu weit
Kein Glück in der Ferne nachdem er nicht greift
Seine Macht ist sein Glaube
um nichts kämfpt er mehr
Und das immer und immer wieder
Deswegen ist er ein Krieger

Das ist ein Aufruf
Und das hier geht
an alle Krieger
an alle Krieger
Das ist ein Aufruf
Und dieser Aufruf geht
an alle Krieger des Lichts
an alle Krieger des Lichts
Das hier geht an alle Krieger des Lichts

(Danke Fabienne!)

        

Peace, light and love to all of you!

Why I love Ramadan so much

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It’s the last week of Ramadan, only about six days left. The moon is fading and time gets more precious now, especially during nights. These are the blessed nights, the nights which are the most important, to be spent in prayer and worship.
I love these nights, I love Ramadan, subhanallah.

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There are very many reasons why so.
I know, for non-Muslims it is sometimes hard to believe how someone could ever like to abstain from food and drink the whole day and find it even fulfilling…
But Ramadan is really not about being hungry or waiting for the evening dinner, it is about so many beautiful things:
The beauty lies in the purification of ourselves.
The beauty lies in the sensitivity and pureness one establishes while fasting.
The beauty lies in the knowledge of being free of lusts and addictions.
The beauty lies in the sureness of being able to control ourselves.
The beauty lies in those nights spent in submission, when Allah responds to our invocation.
The beauty lies in the quietness of those days which are full of white clear light.
The beauty lies in the countless blessings and “miracles” that happen during this month.
The beauty lies in the shift of focus towards higher goals and in the remembrance of the hereafter.
The beauty lies in sharing and experiencing this together with so many others, for the sake of Allah …
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“Be mindful of Allah and you shall find Him with you. When you ask (for anything), ask it from Allah , and if you seek help, seek help from Allah.” [At-Tirmidhi]

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“Allah is the ally of those who believe. He brings them out from darknesses into the light.” [Qur’an 2:257]

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“And Allah is the best Guardian, and He is the most merciful of the merciful.” [Qur’an 12:64]

Ramadan and busyness

salam aleikoum oua rahmatullahi,
we are in the midst of Ramadan and the days and nights pass so quickly that I have trouble to count, mashaallah.
with working, fasting and praying, the hours just run away … but in a beautiful way, subhanallah.
I feel blessed and I really enjoy this new rhythm and the balance beween worship and work.
we still have a little more than a week of school and my priorities lie elsewhere these days, so that’s why it is quiet here, but busy there: ecolevivante.wordpress.com
I hope you have as well a wonderful Ramadan and a beautiful beginning of summer.
wishing you a blessed time and peace, light and love to you all!
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Indeed, Allah is the cleaver of grain and date seeds. He brings the living out of the dead and brings the dead out of the living. That is Allah ; so how are you deluded?

[He is] the cleaver of daybreak and has made the night for rest and the sun and moon for calculation. That is the determination of the Exalted in Might, the Knowing.

And it is He who placed for you the stars that you may be guided by them through the darknesses of the land and sea. We have detailed the signs for a people who know.

And it is He who produced you from one soul and [gave you] a place of dwelling and of storage. We have detailed the signs for a people who understand.

And it is He who sends down rain from the sky, and We produce thereby the growth of all things. We produce from it greenery from which We produce grains arranged in layers. And from the palm trees – of its emerging fruit are clusters hanging low. And [We produce] gardens of grapevines and olives and pomegranates, similar yet varied. Look at [each of] its fruit when it yields and [at] its ripening. Indeed in that are signs for a people who believe.
Quran 06:95-99

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