Asian Lite marks the Holy Month with a series of Ramadan Musings with Masarat Daud
Tonight will be one of the most powerful nights for a worshipping Muslim. The 27th night of Ramadan is considered to be a holy, powerful night where it is said to be as powerful as a thousand months of worship put together. It is said that it is this night when the first part of Koran was revealed to Prophet Mohamed (Peace Be Upon Him). It is also said that this is a night when God is the closest to us, so many Muslims stay up all night praying.
It is a difficult task to explain prayers and belief in God to the ones who don’t buy it. But there really is something special and powerful to sit through a quiet night, praying, meditating, focusing and reflecting on our actions and those of others. I find myself functioning the most during this time. Most of my writing is also done after 12am. I feel that I am able to listen to my voice much more clearly.
Soon, Ramadan will be over. Life will return to its usual self. Some lessons will be forgotten but some will change us forever. Tonight is the peak of our worship; moments of surrender where we try to make peace with our life so far. Tonight, every loss, every broken piece of us deserves acknowledgement. Tonight, we unashamedly ask for what we need. Tonight, when we reflect, we realise yet again through all this soul-searching, the answers lie within us. The vulnerability of this night where we bare our souls, where the thought of the Higher Being coming so physically close to us, is an incredible experiences. It breaks your facades and walls, seeps through you and recalibrates your life.
How do we move forward? What should we leave behind? What should we accept? What will we never compromise upon? Who should we make amends with? Who do we need to let go of? How do I become a better person?
Tonight, I wish you much positivity, peace and clarity.
(Masarat Daud is many things. A girl’s education campaigner, a TED speaker, a TEDx curator, a recent SOAS MA graduate and a politically-incorrect humourist currently based in London)