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Ramadan Comes as a Reminder: A Poem by a SMILE mom!



It is easy to judge,

It is more difficult to understand.


As a special needs parent, I have been in a situation more than once when I think people will not understand.


They will not understand,

 how I feel unless they walk in my shoes.


They will not understand 

how frustrating it is, to be helpless for your child.

They will not understand,

What keeps me up at night.


They will not understand,

 how uncertain the future is for us.


They will not understand,

how one can be happy and sad at the same time.


But Ramadan comes as a Reminder.


It reminds us, of all the blessings we have,

even with all the challenges of life. Abstinence from food, drink, and other indulgences to concentrate on prayer encourages us to reflect on one’s life and appreciate things, we take for granted.

 It teaches us compassion and empathy.


It reminds us all that we are being observed and tested by Allah in different ways.


It reminds us that no matter what your troubles are.


Allah hasn't forgotten you,

Allah sees your suffering,

He is there.

He knows it all.

And,

He is keeping count.


- Zainab Qadeer, SMILE mom.

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