How We’re Squeezing in 3ebada During Those Crazy Busy Days

By: Ali Sakr

We often forget why we’re here. We get so caught up in the complexities of life, that we end up completely disregarding our religion and beliefs. This, added to the fact that this Ramadan we’ll be having finals, should only help us work harder to achieve a balance between daily life and religion, or rather, incorporate both within each other.

When thinking of ways to do this – to somehow make time for “3ebada” every single day, I found myself constantly reaching two general ideas. The first, was that we need to eliminate any aspect of monotony from our religious practices. The second, was that we need to each move at our own pace, and not let pressure from those around us affect the quality of our “3ebada”.

The most prominent example of the first mentioned idea would be praying, which we’ve all at some point, unfortunately, done mindlessly. Make it a goal this month (and hopefully after this month) to be as mindful as possible while praying. To allow your mind to comprehend the words you recite, rather than do it as though it were muscle memory. Praying is also an excellent way to relieve stress amidst all that studying, and even act as form of meditation, so it’s up to us to make the most of its calm and relaxing nature, both spiritually and mentally.

Do keep in mind, though, that el forood aren’t the only prayers in Ramadan. Praying el tarawee7 every day can at first seem slightly daunting, but we mustn’t let this discourage us. Here’s where that second idea starts coming into play. Yes, it’s better to pray at a mosque, but sometimes we just can’t. We might have lessons or work during the prayer time, so it’s obviously okay to pray at home. The only issue with this, though, as that we can start leaning towards laziness, and pray at home even if it’s perfectly possible for us to go to a mosque. This is why I said can’t, not won’t. You should always do your best, to do your best, and that’s not something that’s going to happen on its own.

Another type of “3ebada” that’s always brought up in Ramadan is to try to read the entire Quran, goz2 fel yom. Now, I’m a bit worried that what I’m about to say might not be perceived the way I imagine, so I’ll try to be as clear as possible. If you can do this – if you can manage to read goz2 fel yom, mindfully, then there’s no reason not to do so; in fact it’s absolutely incredible. Sometimes, though, again with all the finals, it’s not very easy. You might set it as a goal to read it all, and end up skimming through it instead of reading it, just to finish it in time. Instead of doing this, I’d personally find it better to assign a set amount of time per day instead of an amount to read (if you can’t manage reading goz2 fel yom). This will force you to read it with focus and will prevent the pressure of having to finish in one month. Besides, you’ll probably be encouraged to continue reading more after the set time has ended, so you could likely end up finishing el Quran kollo by the end of Ramadan too.

So, I think that’ll do it for this month. Try not to put too much on your plate – both literally, and figuratively – so that you can manage to actually do it all properly. Lastly, always remember that whatever you do as “3ebada”, you’re doing solely for God, and then for yourself; do not be pressured into thinking you need to constantly meet up to certain standards, to the point where you feel further away from God than you actually are. Take a moment before you sleep every night, to simply think. Relish in that moment, and truly embrace the mellow nature of “3ebada”.

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