Have you noticed the electricity in the air whenever Ramadan comes around? How everyone seems to be in a state of pure happiness during the month?
It’s because our soul is home, and we’re all doing what we were created to do.
Isn’t there something so beautiful about that??
We tend to put Allah SWT first (more so than usual) and are more aware of why we do (and don’t do) certain things.
For example, a lot of people tend to stay away from Netflix. Not because it’s necessarily wrong, but because they‘re conscious of how they want to spend their free time, this month.
Some of us try to finish the Qur’an in 30 days. Which is a beautiful goal! But for others this can be overwhelming.
As with a lot of things in life - the focus is on quality, rather than quantity.
Finding spiritual moments in between work and family can be a struggle. So it’s beautiful to know that the smallest acts become Ibadah in His eyes, if they are done with sincere intention.
Saying “Bismillah” before you go to sleep, with the intention to have more energy to provide for your family + be a good Muslim the next day, essentially turns your sleep into an act of worship! Imagine Angels blessing you while you sleep. Simply because you remembered Allah SWT before you closed your eyes.
If you want to go a step further, pick a small surah each day and try to really engage with its meaning. A good starting place is the 4 Quls - which are so short yet so powerful.
The Qur’an was revealed in the month of Ramadan, so it’s definitely a time where we should focus on strengthening our connection with the words of Allah SWT.
This connection can be increased by acting upon the messages in the Qur'an, and making them a part of our daily life. This quote captures the essence beautifully:
Don't tell people how much of the Qur'an you've memorized.
Let them see the Qur'an in your actions.
Feed the hungry, clothe the needy, be merciful to the orphans, forgive those who have mistreated you and be good to your parents.
It isn't how far you've reached in the Qur'an, but how far the Qur'an has reached in you.
When you reflect on this month so far, try not to be disheartened if you haven’t been achieving the Ramadan goals you set for yourself. As AbdelRahman Murphy reminds us, ask yourself, have you done more than you normally do? Have you read Qur’an more than you typically do? Have you prayed more? Have you thought about Allah more and stayed away from sin? Have you been kind? Have you been grateful? Have you stopped yourself from being over-indulgent?
Then here’s the good news: you’ve been reaching the goal that Allah set for you this month. Taqwa.
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