Islam

There are (way too many) moments in my day that I tend to spend just scrolling through my phone. The internet can be so convenient and yet so torturous to one’s productivity in life. I have found myself checking all my social media apps and then going through what seems like a loop throughout the day and just checking, checking, checking. I mean, sure I’m up to date on a ton of things, but what good is that doing me in my daily routine? In the masjid during Ramadan I rarely ever see anyone on their phones. They’re focused on worship, on these blessed moments that will not come again very soon and will go by quickly before they know it. They’re inspired by their own spirits just lifting at the remembrance of their Lord. I realize you can not be inspired to write, to be productive, to live a better life, until you truly disconnect from this mindless routine of checking your phone. You have to recharge and reconnect your energy and channel it in prayer so that you can find yourself again. Ramadan is a chance to do that. To disconnect from all that is mundane and petty in life. To focus on the good things. To give you back that energy you have been lacking the rest of the year. I hope to find a balance and to really just keep on focusing my energy towards worship, being in the present, and living life the way it should be lived.

I’ve noticed a lot of talk about gratitude. Being grateful and feeling good as a result. Having a grateful state of mind. But talk is less effective unless put into practice. The month of Ramadan has really reminded me of the need to be grateful. Sometimes during the course of the year we assume we are being grateful but Ramadan really forces the soul to really see things in a slower pace. It hopefully forces us to see all the things we have been taking for granted. Sometimes those things can be as small as daily meals and actually having food to eat for iftar or warm water for our showers when we feel icky. It can be bigger things like the beautiful happiness of our children or easily being able to afford gifts for eid. If we can’t have empathy for those less fortunate and see how blessed we truly are then how effective have our fasts truly been? There are so many around the world suffering horribly and when we realize that we aren’t one of them, we should be nothing but grateful to Allah for giving us the opportunity to do so much in our lives. To live our life to its full potential without any fear inshallah.

May Allah continue to keep our hearts filled with gratitude. May we always help those less fortunate and use our gifts and talents to do good in the world. May we not take the small and big things for granted and may we especially not take life for granted. Ameen.

 


A while back I watched a lecture on Ramadan by Nouman Ali Khan. In it he describes beautifully some aspects regarding the Quran. He discusses when Adam (A) and Hawa came down to earth from heaven and shaytan (devil) was constantly motivated to lead them astray. Allah said to hold onto the rope of Allah and they will never go astray. The rope of Allah is the Quran. It’s the unbreakable connection between all of us and Allah’s direct word.

This is the month of Quran. But some of us have been taught to solely reap the benefits of Quran through recitation alone. Recitation is very important and does bring a huge sense of peace to the heart. But that was never the sole purpose of the Quran. To hold onto the rope of Allah, we have to commit to reflecting on the Quran. Changing our monotonous attitude into an attitude of wonder and amazement at how relatable the Quran is to us in our daily lives. How it brings us peace in our day to day interactions and how it helps us fulfill our purpose in life. We also have to have an open attitude. What I mean is, it’s ok to take from the Quran when it benefits us, but we also have to reflect on what Allah wants from us. Only then are we truly holding tight to the rope and only then will we always be safe from shaytan. May Allah make us people who hold tight to the rope of Allah. Ameen.

A little while ago I was realizing the magnitude of Surah qadr in the Quran. In it there is a description of the night of power (laylatul qadr), in which doing good deeds is the equivalent as doing those good deeds for 1000 months. Meaning the reward given is that humongous. That reward amounts to the equivalent of having done the good deed for 83 years. So Allah put a night in between a month to give us that much reward. Not only that but that night happens to be in a month where we are already mentally preparing to do good deeds because it’s Ramadan. It’s not like trying to do it all year long hoping to finally get to laylatul qadr. It’s literally in a night in a month that we are already in higher worship mode naturally. Then it got me thinking. How merciful is our Lord?

Outside of Ramadan, every Friday there is a time between asr and Maghreb in the last portion where we can make dua and it will be like an arrow hitting its target. Right on the mark. Every single Friday comes that time. Every week of the whole year. Then there comes a time that when you pray in congregation and say Ameen after the imam has finished Surah Fatiha in the prayer, if you end up saying Ameen at the same time as the angels then all your previous sins are forgiven. If we look deeply, there are many many ways to earn the pleasure of Allah. There are many ways to be forgiven. There are many ways to come back to Allah. To get what we so desire in the world and afterlife. Isn’t that a merciful Lord?

He is the bestower of both mercy and punishment as he is the King but on His throne he has written that His mercy supersedes His anger. We sometimes get an achy feeling in the heart as the end of each Ramadan draws near. And with good reason. But the ache should be comforted in knowing that even though Ramadan leaves us, Allah never does. Alhumdulillah. May Allah be pleased with us and forgive all of us for all of our wrongs and admit us into jannatul firdous without hisab. Ameen.

1 2 3 4 5 11