11 Ramadan Puns To Get You Through This 'Fast'

11 Ramadan Puns To Get You Through This 'Fast'

Some may be familiar "dates," but others are new, "seerah-ously."
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Ramadan 2017 is finally here with 11 "fast" puns to raise your spirits and slide in a tidbit of information on the side.

1. Ramadan's approaching "fast..."

...and never at a set time. Every year Muslims determine the start of Ramadan by the sighting of the new moon! Some calculate it in advance, but nothing beats a good ol' view to know you got it right.

2. That's "sa-lat" of prayers.

Besides our daily five prayers, we also pray taraweeh, an extra set of 20 ra'kat. This can take up to one to two hours in the masjid/mosque or at home and usually ends at midnight.

Ra'kat means one full movement in that prayer. Each ra'kat accompanies specific Quranic verses that are read with each movement. A single ra'kat includes:

First, raising your hands besides your shoulders to begin the prayer, then holding them together with palms resting on chest (for women) or navel (for men). Bow down, then stand back up. This if followed by prostration, sitting back up for a few seconds and then a second prostration. Finally, you either stand back up and start the second ra'kat, or continue sitting for one more step (which I did not include, but you can see here).

3. Only in Ramadan do I have a "date" every night.

If you haven't tried date palm fruit yet, let me tell you, you are missing out. Forget chocolate, ice cream, Nutella, everything — nothing can compare to the sweet, delectable flavor of a date. Dates are legitimately the most satisfying fruit to eat when a sweet craving hits, and to top it off, it's only 414 calories for one cup!

4. All this taraweeh, but I still cant "stand" you.

Because when praying, you stand at one point during the ra'kat!

5. We need to eat healthy to get back into a "mo-slim" shape.

Haha, yeah, right. So about that...

6. You donate your leftovers to "za-kats" to score some extra deeds and fridge space.

7. Ramadan is the month of giving. Rewards for charity are multiplied, so it pays to be "jannah-erous."

Reported by Imaam Bukhari, when Sayyiduna Sa'ad ibn Ubaadah (RA) was away when his mother passed away. When he returned, he asked Rasulullah (PBUH), "Will it be of any benefit if I give charity on her behalf?' Rasulullah (PBUH) replied in the affirmative. (Sahih Bukhari; Hadith 2762)

Hafiz ibn Hajar al-Asqalaani (RA) stated in a commentary: "This Hadith proves the permissibility of charity on behalf of the deceased and that the reward will reach him."(Fath al-Baari; vol.5 pg.477 Hadith 2761)

8. What did the modest Muslim say to the other modest Muslim? "Hayaa" five!


Modestly, of course.

9. The more you learn about our Prophet (PBUH), the more you "seerah-sly" fall in love.

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is an example for all Muslims to follow, regardless of where we live or who we are, we should do our best to embody the Prophet's lifestyle so we, too, can become closer to Allah (SWT).

10. For men, taraweeh isn't the only time you should be praying at the masjid. Try to "juz" go for all five.

11. Before you know it, we'll be "Rama-done," so don't delay in earning some good deeds today!

Cover Image Credit: Marium Zafar

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To Everyone Who Hasn't Had Sex Yet, Wait For Marriage, It's The Right Move

If you have not had sex yet, wait.

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Premarital sex is not a new concept, no matter how much people like to pretend it is. You can trace scripture and historical texts back thousands of year to see that lust and fornication have been a problem since… well, since we humans have been problems.

They tell you in sex ed that sex causes you to form a bond with someone. They throw some big chemical names at you that are apparently in your body and cause that emotional attachment to happen, then you move on (or back to) how important condoms are and why STDs are so scary.

As a middle schooler or teenager, you can't understand what it means to become permanently connected to someone as a result of a quick, physical act.

If you haven't even had your first kiss, you really can't imagine what it's like to develop such a complex and intimate connection with someone because you have yet to feel the butterflies in your stomach from a kiss. So you really don't know what it's like to have a whole different type of feeling in your stomach.

You never forget your first love. It's one of the most cliche things you consistently hear, but it's true. Ask anyone. I guarantee your parents can still spurt out their first love's name in a few seconds. And most people never forget their first time. I know all my friends can recount that often awkward and slightly terrifying moment as if it happened an hour ago. When you mix those two, especially if you are in your teens, oh boy.

You never forget that. No matter how hard you try.

Everything you hear about sex is true: it's amazing, fantastic, life-changing, etc. There's a reason people have done it as frequently as they do, for as long as they have. But every time you sleep with someone, you leave a piece of yourself with them. Every time you choose to take that final physical step with someone, you cannot go back and collect that piece of your dignity and soul that you left with someone.

So, imagine what happens when you break up with someone you've slept with. Or that you just hooked up with. You have given someone a little slice of yourself forever. And you can never get it back. And imagine what happens when you do that multiple times. You give a piece of yourself to five, 10, 15, 20 or more people. Then you meet the person that you want to spend forever with. And you no longer have that whole part of you. You've given pieces away, and you can no longer give those to the love of your life.

So, save those pieces for your future spouse.

If you have not had sex yet, wait. If you have, consider not giving more pieces of yourself away to people who are not your spouse. Sex was created to be between two spouses, nobody else. So we need to try to maintain its integrity.

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From The Christian Girl Who Visited A Mosque And Had Her Perspective Changed

Getting to know your neighbor...

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In today's current political climate, it feels as though it's harder than ever before to understand our neighbors. We often cannot look beyond the headlines we read in the news and actually talk to each other: it is difficult to separate political propaganda from the people we encounter daily.

One group in America that faces particular discrimination is Muslims. Whenever ISIL commits horrific acts, people in the United States suggest extreme measures such as banning all Muslims from entering the country. While I understand the skepticism, I think that it is of the utmost importance that we all recognize that the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful and ISIL does not represent their beliefs.

The KKK calls itself a Christian group, but they represent the exact opposite of Biblical teachings; the same is true of Muslims and the Quran. ISIL has completely distorted the teachings of Islam and misrepresents Muslims around the world.

I am currently taking a class on the Middle East, Arabs, and Islam. Over the weekend, my class and I visited the local mosque in Waco. The people there were generous enough to let us partake in their breaking of the Ramadan fast along with other Christian churches and members of a Jewish temple. It was a moment where we were all able to come together and see each other as people who simply have different beliefs.

I identify as a Christian, so I obviously do not believe the same things as Muslims. However, I have discovered that many of our beliefs and teachings are similar to those in the Muslim faith. Adam and Eve, Abraham, Moses, Noah, and even Jesus are all mentioned in the Quran. There are striking differences between Christianity and Islam, but there are also several similarities.

At the end of the breaking of the Ramadan fast, I left with a feeling of peace and reconciliation. I realized that events like this that involve sharing our cultures and religions with each other is a start to ending bias. Our neighbors may not look like us, or even have the same beliefs as us, but we are all people in search of happiness and a better life. In the end, love will always trump hate.

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