Just before the Ramadan of 2014, I was addicted to watching air crash investigation documentaries. I would watch one after the other and then share what I watched, with my family.
It was an unhealthy addiction. Yeah, you do learn a lot about air crafts when watching these documentaries but there is a limit to everything. As they say excess of everything is bad.
Then Ramadan came, I made a resolve, not to watch any documentaries during Ramadan and voila, my addiction was gone. Alhamdulillah.
I have something latest to share too. Read on!
I am a news junkie… I open news websites I-don’t-know-how-many-times a day. I gobble up news articles and then ponder on why this world is so bad. This Ramadan, I was feeling so overwhelmed from the sad and bad news that I ended up googling something like… news makes you fear. This took me to an article at The Guardian and when I read that I realised how cruel I have been to my ownself by being a news junkie. And this article reminded me of another article my teacher shared this semester which you can read here.
The Guardian article says:
“Unlike reading books and long magazine articles (which require thinking), we can swallow limitless quantities of news flashes, which are bright-coloured candies for the mind.” This is exactly what our teacher said… “Go for long reads.” Also, The Guardian article has a list of things news does to your body which are frightening. O_O
So I realised my addiction is unhealthy and toxic for my body, my soul and my goals in life too.
Ramadan is the best time to get rid of addcitions so I made a resolve to give up news. I unliked all the news Facebook pages and stopped visiting the news websites like I do.
And alhamdulillah, I’ve been quite successful. I did end up having a glance at newspaper or opening up almost a link per day on average from a news website (because someone shared it on social media) but it is a LOT better than what I was doing earlier. And insha’Allah I’ll improve on this.
So, whatever bad news I’ve gotten, is through social media because once something happens it’s all over the place.
Because of giving up this inhealthy habit, I have more time. Instead of reading 10 articles on the details of say, a bomb blast or shootings, I can spend time with family, read Quran, help my mom in iftar, or at least give my mind peace.
So if you have an addiction, give it up this Ramadan and keep praying for steadfastness. slightsmile emoticon
May Allah help us all. Ameen.
About the Author:
M Iqbal is a student, an entrepreneur and a blogger. She loves cats, travel, adventure and deep discussions. She believes life is journey of enjoying and learning which is meant to be lived at it’s fullest. You can find her blogging at Iqbalencia.