Every time it's Ramadhan, a different kind of sensation buzzes through me - of excitement and of bliss... When I was young, the countdown to the moment of the big gulp was one looooong wait! I guess Dato' Dr Lat's sketches of little Mamat's fasting days all aptly describe a young one's experience in the holy month.
One practice I try to keep up with is the reading of the whole Quran in the whole month. In theory, it works like this: one chapter a day x 30 days = 30 chapters = the whole Book. However, in reality, a WOMAN would find this a problem because of the approximately 7 days of menses we get, prohibiting us to fast, pray or read the Quran.
Ergo, how does one make it happen? Well, I cheat a little... HeHe. I usually start about a week earlier to catch up with the time! I know, the calculation doesn't equate as I've not really done it during the holy month. Still, that's about the only way I can achieve it. Err, reading more is a little bit tough, what more if the Little Red Flag goes up more that it's supposed to? Even a chapter takes about 40 minutes for me. At times, I do it in one go; at others, it must be broken into 2 or 3 chunks. On good days, I manage to read almost two chapters, but never more than that...
So, this Ramadhan, I aim to do it the way it is supposed to: the whole Quran during the whole month (minus some days...). I start tonight as we start the Tarawih prayers tonight too.
To all Muslims out there, the best of Ramadhan is out there for us. Ramadhan Mubarak!
Pause to reflect: care to share your strategy??