A Reflection From Ramadan 2001 That Took Me Here Today

I have been so lucky to grow up in a very clean and descent society, where people have been dedicated following religion. It created a lot of opportunity and scope for me see and think why and how certain people behave. Since my early age I really want to learn about Quran and Islam. On the same time usually take time to think if that sounds reasonably correct and appeal human nature.

It was Ramadan 2001 ( almost 15yrs before), I was engineering final year student then, I was standing in last night prayers of Ramadan ( In Indian subcontinent they complete one turn of whole Quran). The imam was reciting last verses of Quran, I could not held my tears with the feeling that it’s over. It ws like Ramadan finished, people were already in markets for their Eid shopping. But I felt deep in my heart that I am going to miss it big.

As in Ramadan everything change for me, specially my schedules are so different from normal days. I prefer to sit in masjid a lot more time than I usually do in other days. Stay more in salah (prayers) and read more Quran and sit in almost all gatherings of religious studies, try learn as much as I can. It’s like you fell in love with someone and you think every second of it. Day time you fast and nights you stand in prayers. Almost all the time you remember its Ramadan and you love it so much.

Those last verses of Quran on that night of Ramadan transferred shocks waves into my nerves so hard that I could not resist my eyes. I felt its almost gone and I started to have a feeling of regret that I could benefit most out of it. I was about to finish my Engineering degree and missed my distinction just by 4 marks.

Everyone went back homes after prayers, I sat for three days there with only one thought. How can I avoid this regret in coming time. I sat down alone and revised all my activities during whole month and figured it out where and how I could have snatched more satisfaction.

Later after Eid prayers, I was still feeling bad and already missing Ramadan. I took this reflection and desire to not miss an opportunity to my education, later to job and blog. I decided to look into my mistakes during B.Tech and overcome them in coming days. I checked few big things that took my energy off (like traveling, friends, useless assignments, lab reports) and do them in free and leisure time or do it the way they deserve, so that I could spend more time learning things that are really useful for me.

Then a year after I started to have a schedule for Ramadan (written schedule), then wrote my PhD schedule (finished two months before the schedule), in Samsung have schedule for all projects and meet almost all deadlines.

Life is short and I really dont want to waste my time and miss out to the best performance. I try to skip everything that don’t improve or create issues in my productivity. Ramadan is a great learning time for me. I treat it as my whole life, as if I have only a month to live. I used to write a Hadith everyday for couple of years and share among friends. This year I will share my reflections with you all so that you do miss out what I missed during my young age.

You can read more on Ramadan at ini.

I pray Allah SWT to grant me courage and guide me and you all to live a successful life here and hereafter.  Ameen

To end with I share my beloved prayer with you so that you can repeat it when you really want to ask something to god.

رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

Rabbana atina fid-dunya hasanatan wa fil ‘akhirati hasanatan waqina ‘adhaban-nar

Our Lord! Grant us good in this world and good in the hereafter, and protect us from the punishment of the fire. Quran [2:201]


  1. ASIF

    Ramadan coming soon .. 2016 🙂

  2. Anon

    Salam Zahid,

    MashAllah you have a wonderful website that I found to become incredibly useful. This article is amazing, and I would like to thank you and encourage you for doing this. The Muslim World needs more people like you.
    Jazaka Allahu Khayran

  3. firoz

    hapiii bakrid,,,,,,,,,

  4. Mahmoud

    sir I saw your amazing blog today as i was searching about some information about GRE . I am studying electrical engineering now and i’m honored to become one of follower for your amazing blog ..

    right now i’m really confused about my studying and i’m try to fill my free time by learning new thing “self learning” but i’m suffering from my laziness and facebook is really wasting my time ..

    at university i work well and don’t feel tired or lazy and i finish all my reports , homeworks , and studies … but the problem is when i return home i really waste all my leisure time on facebook .

    i really want to be a successful man and i am really proud of you as a ‘successful muslim 🙂 ‘ ..

    best wishes ..


    Sir, I am presently pursuing my Btech-IV year in CSE from HYDERABAD. I thought of taking up civil services Examination right after my Btech completition . But most of my well wishers are advicing my to take up GRE instead of CIVILS as it is a career with lot of hurdles and a little unpredictable. What would you suggest ?

  6. Shabana Khan

    Its really great feeling when one fasts and the Ramadan month is like saving grace for us as for the mistakes that may have happened in our lifetime, we can ask forgiveness and pledge not to repeat them again.

    Shabana Khan
    Ph.D Fellow
    NEERI, Mumbai.

  7. Jalaludeen

    This is the first time I am seeing this website. I accidentally visited this website when I was searching for MS by Research course. But now will be a regular visitor. Good inspiring thought for me during the first day of Ramadan 2014. Thank you Zahid. Will make best out of this Ramadan insha Allah.

  8. Saptarshi Pyne

    Respected Zahid Sir,

    Thank you for sharing this personal moment. This article is a proof of the reality that excellence can be achieved through patient introspection, proper planning and consistent execution. Please keep sharing such moments that led you to contribute more.
    For me, InI has been a constant source of motivation and introspection. A months-long preparation wears one out. Such articles by you and comments/interviews of successful InIites strike hard at the apt moment to set one right back on track.
    I am joining Direct PhD Programme of IIT Guwahati Dept. of CSE with the aim of a better world and better me. I would be grateful to be able to contribute to the development of InI. Because I believe InI has been an unrelenting fountainhead of development of the Human Power essential for the creation of a more well-balanced yet better-living world for All children man-animal-plant of the God.

  9. vageesha JM

    Zahid bahi.. wish you happy RAMADAN.. hope god gives you all the strength and happiness..

    your a truly an inspiring an amazing person i ever seen.

  10. juzer nalwala

    Ramzaan Mubarak brother 🙂

  11. Shoaib

    Each and every post brings knowledge to the minds and peace to the souls. I am not fond of reading article from internet. InI is the only blog I follow. Whenever i feel low, i go through website and read some article or watch video and that inspires me a lot. And that help me to keep my goal in focus. Brother, Please Never stop writing,keep writing and shower us with your thoughts.May Allah bless you good health, wealth , prosperity here and thereafter.Keep Posting!.Remember me in your dua’s !.

  12. ajmal

    never thought you had such a great passion and time for the religious affairs especially working in a multi national company.. your words were a great inspiration for me.. may Allah SWT bless you here and hereafter.. ameen

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