Welcoming Ramadan.

Hello,
Ramadan is upon us once again. For many of us Ramadan will be on the 6th of June this year (2016) – So Ramadan Kareem! Of course it’s out of Gods mercy that we live another year to partake in this holy month.

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Ramadan holds a unique position in the hearts and minds of our community.Being the obligatory third piller in Islam, It is a special time of the year where the blessings of Allah(God) is abundantly bestowed upon the believers. The whole community fasts with such enthusiasm.
Every evening, the mosques across the world are packed with Muslims engaged in Special Night prayers called Tharawih,lookwhich would extend till late night, there would be many new faces that pray regularly and are submerged in prayer and Dua (Supplication). People make a conscious effort to pray regularly and read the Quran during this holy month.It was also in this month that the Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammed.Making it another significance.
Many people are often seen with their hands facing the sky asking Allah(God) for forgiveness for all their many wrongs; asking for goodness and blessings throughout their lives; asking from guidance and understanding; asking for their troubles and heartaches to be removed; asking for success in the hereafter and protection from the fire of hell. With tears rolling down their cheeks as they recount their sins and ask for forgiveness and salvation: asking for their children and families to remain on the straight path; asking for the suffering of the less fortunate to be lessened because in Ramadan the doors of forgiveness are open to all as Allah listens to our plights, may Allah(God) accept our suplications.

Fasting is more than remaining hungry and thirsty for the sake of Allah. During the Fast of Ramadan strict restraints are placed on the daily lives of Muslims.Commencing from Dawn we are not allowed to eat or drink during the daylight hours. Smoking and sexual relations are also forbidden till you break the fast . At the end of the day during Dusk the fast is broken with prayer and a meal called the Iftar.
During fasting we also try and implement every principle of Islam within our lives. For example, we are not supposed to fight, swear, argue, lie or cheat. Other qualities such as miserliness, greed, laziness, selfishness and apathy for the suffering are also purged from our lives. We do as many good deeds as possible and are concerned for the wellbeing of all the communities throughout the world.
In Ramadan people are more generous and give from their pockets and hearts to those less fortunate. There is an aura of love and compassion surrounding every individual as the self-centredness is refocused to those around them!
Ramadan is about getting things that we can’t see but can perceive with our hearts and minds. It’s also about giving from that which we love and hold dear and thinking about those that are less fortunate than us.
Give to the near of kin his due, and also to the needy and the wayfarers. Do not squander your wealth wastefully; for those who squander wastefully are Satan’s brothers, and Satan is ever ungrateful to his Lord. (17:26 – 27)

Another obligation strongly practiced during this month is Zakat.

Being the Fourth Pillar in Islam. It is a Fard(obligation), commanded by God on those Muslim men and women who possess enough means, to distribute a certain percentage of their annual savings or capital in goods or money among the poor and the needy. Zakat is assessed once a year on both capital and savings from income. This is preferred during Ramadan because the merit is doubled for every good deed.
The alms (Zakat in this specific verse?s case) are meant only for the poor and the needy and those who are in charge thereof, those whose hearts are to be reconciled; and to free those in bondage, and to help those burdened with debt, and for expenditure in the way of Allah and for the wayfarer. This is an obligation from Allah. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise. (9:60)

Fasting is a spiritual exercise that has disappeared from many religious practices the world over. However, God almighty commanded his prophets to fast and every prophet and their community would fast.
Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you many learn piety and righteousness” (Q 2:183)

The month of Ramadan is divided in three parts,

*The first ten days are reserved to gain the mercy of Allah (God), this is done by doing good deeds and therefore gaining His pleasure.

*The second ten days are reserved for forgiveness. This is done by crying to Him (God) in humility.

*The third ten days are to gain emancipation from the fires of hell.
Finally, after a hard month of work, worship, and strictly following the Islamic guidelines, we await the day of celebration called Eid-Ul-FITR.

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The Woman

As Women the hardships and challenges we face each day.This picture says it all.

This was my entry to one of the food photography challenges hosted on Instagram to mark The Womens day 2020.

I would love to hear your thoughts and comments regarding this post.

Thanking you.

Much love

Shahz.

Hello

Hello my dear fellow bloggers I know that all of us are going through tough times. And I hope & pray that this ends pretty soon, before more lives are succumbed

Now over to this post.As you all know me for the nature of articles I write,

This may not be a surprise to you to see me cooking since I’ve done it as and when inbetween my articles and poetry writings As Sure Scribbles.

From now on I have created a page exclusively for food and the way it looks.Meaning with a touch of foodphotography and styling involved in my food pictures. Stay tuned folks and do follow me on Instagram for a treat for your hungry eyes.

Reflections _of_shahz

Pls visit my blog

Reflections of Shahz

Stay safe and blessed my ftiends!!

Until next time, Much love 💕

Shahz.

Cheesecake

This Beauty lies before me,with

Her Charisma she charms me.

Rich in cream cheese

Tangy as you may please.

Freshness of fruit cut thin

The taste lasts forever within.

Note: The fact behind this Poem is that I made this dessert a short while ago, just before login in WP. Couldn’t think of anything better than the Cheesecake for the prompt 😉

Reminiscence-part 3 ~The Broken promise

Hello Readers.

It’s been quite awhile since my exit from WP. It gives me tremendous pleasure to be back with you all once again.

My Reminiscence continues..

Hope you enjoyed reading Part 1 and Part 2 of my Reminiscence.By now, those of you who had read the previous parts would have got to know about my life and memories and the people involved in it.

Well…This part too will contain the same but will be from another phase of my life,mainly focussing about the loss of the most caring and precious being of my life who brought me to this world.

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It’s been thirteen years since I got married by now.Blessed with three adorable children a fairly large house and a comfortable life I was one of the luckiest to have everything one could ever wish for.My husband was promoted as the finance director of an apparel company with a fabulous remuneration including foreign travel once every six months.

By this time we managed to get the best schools for our kids, refurbish our house with all modern amenities and of course our very first Peugeot 406.

By now my only sibling brother married and settled in Botswana with his wife and two kids.His visits were limited due to the fact of being unable to travel long hours with his toddler.

Later that year my father who was working in the middle east retired, after serving the health ministry for 25 long years.His retirement plan was to invest in a property in the hills and spend his rest of his life with mom in the natures serenity surrounded by the mountains and wilderness.

Man proposes God disposes,As its told. They would have never had a hint of what’s the future is going to hold for them.

As desired my father bought a bungalow in a scenic environment in the hills.And was busy with the renovations.

Day 25 December’ 2004 night my dad calls us to say that he felt an extraordinary quiver while he was watching television.Hence been observing some prayers ever since fearing that could be some paranormal activity.None of us have ever experienced a tremor nor did have any idea about it although we’ve heard about earth quakes in various places in other parts of the world.

Next day being the Boxing day,while the whole nation was asleep after celebrating Christmas the previous day,Disaster strikes the coastal belt of most parts of Asia leaving the entire world in a total shock.

We were woken up by the news about the Sea receding and that people are flocking to see that unusual phenomenon.As I was about to sip my morning tea I heard helicopters flying over my house just the same way as it did during the ethnic war.I switch on the TV to know what’s going on,All Channels were in total chaos.All we got to know was about a huge tidal wave destroying the north and south eastern parts of the island.Since Tsunami was never familiar to Me nor to the people of Srilanka at that time. And from then on Tsunami became a household word among everyone around the world.

Exactly one month after that incident One afternoon while I had gone to pick my kids from school,my mother calls me and says not to release the driver since She, being a hypertension patient wanted to go to the hospital to get her blood pressure checked.I ask her Why and she said that she was having some discomfort in her chest and head.Since she was mentally very worried and upset afew days back upon hearing the calamity and obituaries of the near and dear ones who lost their lives to the Waves of Disaster.

My mother was only fifty seven years old never had any ailments except for high blood pressure.

At this moment I was left alone at home with my mom and the kids since my father had gone out station and my husband was away on his official trip abroad.

I rushed home immediately as I could, left the children at home and accompanied my mother to the hospital.There We were referred to the emergency unit. Immediate examinatios were done.My mother’s blood pressure was very high and the ECG was abnormal,and immediate admission was recommended. I knew something was terribly wrong. I rang my father and my husband and informed about mom being admitted to the Coronary Care Unit.

My father arrived the next day.And visited her.From then on we would go to visit her twice a day.

My visits in the evening was as usual. We spoke alot about household chores and she was always worried as to how I’m managing the usual chores with three kids.When I told her that the house work is been taken care of by someone else she immediately interrupted and said

“Nobody will fill my space ” She was Correct as always.

I never realised her intuition at that time.As usual I made sure she ate her dinner and fed her the soup which was on the table beside her.Later that night when it was about time to get back I went to her side and she was relating stories of how her father passed away at a very early age.I immediately reprimanded to what she was about to say not realising the cascading tears down my cheeks.

Silly child,dont worry I will not leave you so soon,now wipe your tearsShe commanded me.

Seeing me worried she promised me that she’s going to be fine and will be coming home in two days time.

The promise she gave me that day that she will never leave me so soon was like an assurance given to me by God and made me believe that she would somehow return home.

For a minute I went back in time to the kid in me with her assurance and forgot all the apprehensive thoughts which kept coming into my mind.But believed her and trusted the fact that Moms dont lie.

After the bowl of soup I wiped her mouth and I felt very happy for being able to aid her even with the smallest gesture since that was the very first time I’ve become an aid to her. For she was a person who does not like being dependent. So with the glass of water it was time for me to bid goodbye to her.I hugged her tight and kissed her and promised to return the next day morning.

Dont forget to bring my Grand children tomorrow” She said very eagerly.For they were the World to her.

If I had only known that it’s our last goodbye I would have stayed by her side,doing nothing but holding her tight the entire night.

The next day,Things were getting back to normalcy.My mom was responding well to the medication I was told and after two days of medical observation at the CCU it was time for her to shift to the room.I was informed about her being shifted to a private room early in the morning by the hospital staff.

30th January. My morning visit to the hospital was disruptted due to my husbands arrival that day.So my plan was to visit her in the evening with my family.

My mom called me to say how well she was feeling after all those apprehensive thoughts.And was appreciating my father for the room he had gotten for her with a beautiful view of the Sea.And she was talking about how calm and peaceful it looked that day after playing havoc with the lives of thousands just a few days ago.And also insisted me to bring the kids along when coming in the evening. I felt so relieved to hear her normal tone again,alas I knew everythings gonna be alright.Not knowing what’s on store for me in the latter part of the day.

My children were the happiest that day planning to go and visit grandma.They all were attired with new clothes their father had brought,desperately needing to show off to granny.

As we reached the hospital things seemed very normal,but strangely we noticed a few relatives who were scuttling through the crowd.Yet to my conscience everything seemed to be normal as my mind was filled with relief and excitement for the thought that Mom had finaly made it,not even my intuition did say a word of something seriously had gone wrong.

As the elevator door opened there was commotion in that floor.I saw the doctors and nurses in a state of panic. We were stopped from proceeding any further.I knew that something was drastically wrong but couldnt come to terms with what would have happened in that situation.Since I firmly believed that mom has fully recovered.And she is really coming home.Somehow I managed to creep in through the crowd.

To my dismay I saw my Dad banging his head against the wall and weeping, and I finally got to know that she had,had a massive heart attack just a while ago.

And in the room I saw her pale and motionless with her face puzzled with so many unanswered questions and plenty of yearnings to see her loved ones.The doctors and nurses were performing CPR and shock treatment which never brought her back.

Seeing this all of a sudden made my brain freeze.I didnt know what was going on around me.I knew that something is terribly wrong but my mind was refusing to accept the fact that she’s gone.All the time I was abide by her assurance, the promise she gave me,

I will not leave you so soon my dear” was constantly repeating in my mind.

By the time I realized the fact I felt betrayed and shattered like never before.I knew that I’m an adult and I should face such situation more maturely, but at that very second I felt very weak and lost without her,She who was my mother, my friend, my guide and my mentor was no more.I felt like a lost child sobbing aloud in search of her Mother.I sobbed till my heart ached. I sobbed till my eyes went dry. I sobbed like an eight year old, throughout the driveway uttering the same words again and again

Mommy said that she will never leave Me so soon”

To be continued…

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To all my dear readers who are blessed with Mothers:

“Cherish your Mother while you have the chance,cause tomorrow will be too late”

Thank you for reading

Much love

Shahz

Mourn

I feel devastated as to whats happening around me. I, being educated in a Christian school, nurtured by Christian teachers and friends having grown up running in and out of the school Church,feel horrendous and ashamed at all what’s been occurring.

I mourn on behalf of my Christian brethren and fellow countrymen at this time of grief.My heart and prayers are always with you!!

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide;
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness;
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.”

Terror strikes my Motherland Srilanka on Easter Sunday.Serial bombings across the country claiming 300 lives by radical extremist terrorists.

May we stand together as one at this time of grief.