Lessons from Ramadan     

Lessons from Ramadan     

We have completed the blessed month of Ramadan. Alhamdulillah, many of us have spent the month in the remembrance of Allah, doing good deeds and earning our rewards for the akhirah. But how can we benefit from Ramadan even when it has drawn to a close? Do we think of this month as a single window in the year where we live according to the principles of Islam, just to revisit the same learning a year down the track? Or do we consider it an opportunity to cultivate good habits that will benefit us both in this world and the next?

As in a conference or a retreat, we like to take away with us some salient points that have been the highlights in the time spent there- something we would benefit from most in our lives.

Here is a compilation of what we can continue to do after Ramadan in order to increase our rewards and good deeds in the rest of the year:

  • Recitation of the Quran: Most of us increase our recitation of the holy Quran during Ramadan. Continuing it afterward keeps us connected to the words of Allah directly, guiding us to stay on the straight path.
  • Salat: During Ramadan we are very conscious about praying on time and ensure we do not miss any Salat. Continue this habit after Ramadan as it is the best way to stay connected to the deen and is a restorative, meditative way to remain connected with our creator.
  • Deeds: We increase our good deeds, like helping others and paying Zakah (compulsory) and Sadaqa (additional charity) during Ramadan. Aim to continue helping those less fortunate during the remaining year.
  • Time-management: We manage our fasting, early morning Suhuur, work, study, prayer, meal preparation and commitments at the Masjid during Ramadan. Continue to organize your time productively so you can make time for the most important parts of your spiritual, personal and professional life.
  • Healthy habits: Many bad habits like smoking, spending unproductive hours browsing the internet, backbiting, etc. are naturally removed during Ramadan. Be conscious of the tendency to reintroduce these habits once Ramadan is finished.
  • Hunger and Thirst: In our society of plentiful food and beverage, it is easy to forget that constant hunger, thirst, starvation and malnourishment are the reality for millions of people around the world. Ramadan reminds us to be grateful for the bounties of Allah that He has blessed us with and also to spare what we can to alleviate the condition of those less fortunate. The experience of hunger and thirst is a prompt to us for to give to charity regularly, in addition to the compulsory Zakah.
Privacy Scarf

Privacy Scarf

Sisters- good news for us! There would have been many instances in our lives where we don’t want anyone to take our pictures-in parties, weddings and so on. We aren’t able to do much especially when you are attending marriages and family friends’ parties and we try to cover our faces / turn around so that we are not in the pictures.

We now have an answer to such problems. A scarf created by fashion entrepreneur Saif Siddiqui is designed to ‘give people their right to privacy back’.

It works by reflecting the light back into a camera, effectively becoming an ‘invisibility cloak’ for people who don’t want their photo taken. Anyone wearing the scarf is protected from mobile flash photography, with the fashion accessory’s fabric effectively blocking out any unwanted pictures, although it doesn’t stop no-flash photographs from being taken.

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The 28-year-old Siddiqui was inspired while visiting family in Amsterdam in 2009 when his friends attempted to take a photo of him using an iPhone in front of some bikes.

“He noticed that the bike’s reflector manipulated the flash of his mobile camera in a way that obscured the faces of his friends in the picture,” the ISHU website explains.

He immediately realized that if developed into the right product, this feature would be an ideal solution for his friends and [is] now available to the public who want to keep their private moments in public private.

Saif put together a team of experts who dug into the science of light and reflection, and how to blend technology with fashion.”

He told Decoded Magazine: “The ISHU scarf effectively allows an individual to control what pictures and videos are taken of them. There are no more unwanted pictures and videos on Snapchat, Instagram, or Facebook! Everyone carries a phone with them nowadays that has an amazing camera. So, it all made sense to me.”

A host of celebrities including Cameron Diaz, singer Joe Jonas, Bayern Munich footballer Jerome Boateng and music producer Major Lazer have worn the ISHU after it was spotted at London Fashion Week last year.