(credit: Mai Nguyen)
A week ago, I launched a project called Letters to Ramadan. The purpose is to encourage people to reflect more on Ramadan and share their reflections with others through a collaborative online platform. Letters to Ramadan is inspired by Letters to July, a project of Emily Ruth, one of my favorite young filmmakers.
I posted the first letter last monday, a video called “Letters to Ramadan #1”. The video is a visualisation of my brother-in-law’s written reflection on the arrival of Ramadan. So far this video has attracted around 500 views on Youtube, whilst the Facebook page has got around 400 likes.
To be honest, during the past week, I have doubted whether or not I should continue the project. I am confused where the project is leading. Initially I just wanted it to be a personal project, with me posting my video letters like what Emily did in her youtube channel. However, after I shared the idea with my sister, we decided to make it a collaborative project where everyone could submit their letters.
And now the problem is that I haven’t received much submission. It’s probably because the project is not interesting enough; or probably because people are too busy and tired with their works, fasting and praying to write sometime. Or it’s probably because people are unclear about the project itself
Whatever it is, it makes me wonder if I should turn this into a personal project again. Should I just post my thoughts there instead?
Honestly, I don’t know. I am not even sure what kind of effects this project can have.
But I guess I will continue. I don’t want to think of the results too much, because it’s up to Allah. I will just continue to think and share my thoughts. If people can be benefited from them, that’s great. If no, at least I have tried to push myself to think more about Allah this Ramadan.
Narrated Abdullah bin Masud:The prophet (pbuh) said, “Do not wish to be like anyone except in 2 cases. The first is a person whom Allah has given wealth and spends it righteously. The second is the one whom Allah has given Al-Hikmah (wisdom) and he acts according to it and teaches it to others.(Salih Al-Bukhari, p. 88).