Ramadhan is just around the corner. It provokes a mixture of sentiments: happy to be able to embrace another holy month to submit to Him; nostalgic to be reminded of the sorrows the month prevailed in the past; anxious of how little ibadah I have done during Rejab and Sya'ban in preparation for Ramadhan - a pathetic day of fasting during the 17 hours of daylight in summer!
This year, my parents who have not missed spending their month of Ramadhan in the Holy land for the past twenty years or so will not be going to the Holy land. Initially, they decided that they were only going for the last 10 days. That already hinted that age is catching up on them. Then, dad announced they were staying home this Ramadhan as an act of precaution during the spread of the H1N1 pandemic; a decision I see as wise and necessary (based on hadeeth to avoid areas of possible pandemic spread). (I somehow refuse to write about the swine flu which, like other issues of propaganda, has possible conspiracy theories associated with it. My intellect welcomes ideas and information but refrains self from dwelling on them as only Allah knows all).
With the arrival of Ramadhan, allow me to seek forgiveness from my readers - be it my blog pals, old chummies, acquaintances, silent readers and family members. For once, let's forget about preparing for Eid but let's prepare for Ramadhan which will help us prepare for our days ahead.
Ramadhan kareem and bless y'all!