This Ramadhaan I gave the Diamonds of Islam Youth Group girls a Ramadhaan Challenge wherein they were given the choice to complete some or all of a list of challenges during the month. Some of the challenges were to pray Taraweeh on 7 different occasions, read 7 Juz of the Quran, help 7 people, donate $7 per week to a charity (come on now young people are on a tight budget!) and/or watch 7 Islamic lectures. And yes, you guessed it, all based on my favourite number 7!
Here was the experience of one of the girls:
Here is my ramadan challenge. I decided to choose the taraweeh prayers as i had been planning to complete taraweeh at the mosque this year instead of at home.
9th July 2013:
My first time experiencing taraweeh at the mosque. We prayed Isha first then after we completed the salah the taraweeh prayer began. I found it easier to concentrate, i tried really hard to feel more of a connection with Allah (swt). Each rakah we read one page of surah Baqarah, after four rakahs there was a small lecture about the importance of fasting and how fasting is not only about keeping away from food and drinks, but about how we as people should behave and conduct ourselves, which was a really great reminder. We prayed another four rakahs and every time my head touched the ground i asked Allah (swt) for forgiveness and to have mercy on me and every time i did this i felt like a brick had been lifted off my chest. The eight rakahs went by so quickly and after that we prayed witr prayers, which was also a first for me. I think i was a just a bit too startled and confused when everyone had raised their hands in dua to have a full concentration but inshallah next prayer i will understand what will happen and be able to put my full concentration and dedication towards the dua and the witr prayer. it was a good first experience of taraweeh prayer alhamdullilah.
10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th July 2013:
Alhamdullilah taraweeh prayer has made me feel as light as a feather, praying and standing, concentrating on the precious words of Allah (swt) is the best feeling a person could feel. During all these nights i felt like i had become a more peaceful and calm. i felt my iman reaching new levels i had never thought were possible. The main things i always asked Allah (swt) for was: guidance (to be on the straight path), for forgiveness and mercy on the day of judgement, for a place in Jannah, for my non-muslim relatives to see the light of islam and inshallah one day become good muslims, i also made good dua for others who have had a major impact on me and my life and inshallah Allah (swt) will reward them generously.
Ramadan this year for me has been hands down the best ramadan I've experienced i gained more of a connection with Allah (swt) my iman has strengthened and i absolutely loved praying taraweeh at kewdale mosque. Inshallah next years Ramadan will be even more beneficial than this year :)
So beautiful mashallah! May Allah accept everyone's worship, duaa and tawbah - ameen!