The news will keep coming and going. Havoc will reap and some good things will shine their light, but Ramadan only comes once a year. Friendships can be sustained as rizq decrees, but Ramadan only comes once a year. Just as it’s mentioned only once in the Quran, it is a special blessing that arrives for a small amount of time: a single month solely to fortify your iman and relationship with Allah swt.
Let go of the things that keep your life tied with yusra and usra. Set it aside for those few hours you have with yourself from your day to day schedule and let yourself be cleansed with the remembrance and glory of Allah swt. Our hearts need cleansing with seeking forgiveness because really, there’s no way knowing what sins have been committed and what sins Allah has omitted.
Become aware of Allah swt as if you see Him watching over you. Let your hunger pangs be witness to Allah’s mercy- the iftar you are anticipating at every moment of fatigue experienced. Now fast forward to your very own passing. The pangs of mawt squeezing each breath of life out of you. Al hamdulillah, as Muslims, we anticipate al Jannah. Belief in this great anticipation is the true end of sorrow in this world, and evolves sabr into ihsan- content that brings joy even through all the sad suffering experienced, not only is it content, it is control and hilm. The kind that Prophet Ibrahim As had when he was getting thrown into the fire.
Now what is it that gets into our way when striving for such sakeenah? What corrupts our hearts and distracts our minds from deep belief in al Akhira? What takes us far away from Allah swt, The Creator of everything?
You are Responsible for your Iman and its cultivation.
The mindless complications of life, of course! It’s not just sin that hurts us. It’s leisure and irresponsibility in handling our circumstances. Fight your hearts from becoming lazy and giving into to easy joys of life. These things cloud our vision and make us settle for less! And I’m talking about worldly things here. There’s a difference between being thankful (shukr) for what we have vs settling for less out of laziness.
I think I should write more but I need to help my mom in the kitchen 🙂
May Allah strengthen our sanity with hilm, rushd, and ihsan ^_^