Sabrina Pereira, a revert to Islam, from Bucci-Canada
When Allah swt invites us all to His Table not to look at each other but for Allah to look at each of us

My first Ramadan was a great experience because it was just a few months after I had officially reverted

According to Rahyafte(the missionaries and converts website)When Sister Sabrina lost her grandmother, her whole life changed. She began to ponder on life and went on a soul searching mission to find God.
Her journey led her to realize that the people she could relate to most were Muslims and this triggered her curiosity to learn more about Islam.
She took her time in discovering the religion and in 2008, Sister Sabrina recited her shahadah.
Now, at 24, she is happily married and expecting her first child.

What was your first Ramadan like?
My first Ramadan was a great experience because it was just a few months after I had officially reverted. On the first day of Ramadan, I started wearing the hijab and I had quit my job from a clothing store. In that one month, I grew a lot. Not just by reading, learning or fasting(mentally and physically) but through the experiences I had gone through being recognized as a Muslim in society who wears hijab.


What does Ramadan mean to you?
It seems as though many people have different views on what Ramadan is all about. While fasting has its scientific benefits, the spiritual benefits are priceless. Aside from the more obvious things – such as feeling what the poor feel in or practicing self restraint with our actions (eg. not speaking, hearing or looking at harram things) -The holy month of Ramadan is when Allah swt invites ALLMuslims to fast; Rich or poor, those who are considered very knowledgeable or even those who may not even be very practicing.
A lot of people might criticize someone who openly commits harram and then does good in the month of Ramadan, These people are often viewed as hypocrites. Allah is Ar Rahman Ar Raheem and the beauty of Ramadan is based on that. When Allah swt invites us all to His Table not to look at each other but for Allah to look at each of us.

It’s the month where no matter where you are at on the scale, you strive to be a better Muslim – even if you barely try throughout the year. Fasting and good behavior in the weeks of Ramadan are bound to cause good habits even if they do not stick completely. When Eid comes, you would have tasted the sweetness of piety and gained knowledge which will boomerang back into your thoughts. The girl that decides to wear hijab out of respect for the month of Ramadan might keep it on after realizing first hand what it feels like. Someone might just realize that going for Friday prayers with his brothers in Islam feels a lot better than going downtown with some friends.

This is what Ramadan means to me. As believers, we should be trying throughout the year to be what Allah expects of us by being good God-fearing Muslims. None of us are perfect and no matter where we stand spiritually, this is the month where we need to prove to ourselves that we can obtain success and be stronger Muslims without any excuse.

What do you hope to achieve this Ramadan?
Besides the things I mentioned above, I would like to strive to be better, increase my knowledge and to be more conscious of filtering the negative things in my life.

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  1. Dillon Tyksinski says:

    This is wonderful. Thank you for reminding me that Allah is most merciful. Sometimes during Ramadan I feel guilty to be fasting when I have done wrong at other times in the year. But your post made me remember that I can always come back onto the straight path.