By: Abdel Rahman Mussa
9 days to go !
Does it feel like 21 days since we started posting on this blog ? What happened to the last 3 weeks ?
Why do we think that when Ramadan comes we will have all the time in the world?! It’s the same world my dear brothers and sisters. The speed with which the last 3 weeks just passed will be exactly the same speed with which the first three weeks of Ramadan will pass.
Exactly the same. Maybe quicker, even.
This article isn’t intended to be a guilt trip, nor should it be taken that way. It’s an objective assessment of where you are and where you are not.
This blog is intended to warm you up. To get you doing before hand, so lets review:
- Strengthening the family ties
- Self accountability
All of these topics have been touched upon and more, so now…
Have you fasted Monday or Thursday and how many times ? Have you contacted family ? How have your manners been ? Quran, did you increase the amount you read ?
and so on… really take account.
The prophet (pbuh) taught us that Abu Bakr’s faith outweighs the faith of the whole ummah. He (pbuh) describes him as not beating us by actions alone, but rather that something stabilized in his heart (faith).
Any yet, in the famous incident where the prophet asks, after fajr, if any of the sahabah had helped a needy person, visited someone that was ill, helped an orphan… he kept asking. No one but Abu Bakr (raa) raised his hand… and he did so for every question !
The sahabah bettered one another in their race to Allah through their hearts. They supersede us because of their hearts. And we rank, and out rank, one another as per the purity of our hearts.
And most importantly, what’s in our hearts manifests into action. This is the only way that Abu Bakr (raa) was able to so blatantly out do all the sahabah in the example above.
What does it take to have a healthy heart ?
In verse 44 of surat al Naml the Queen of Sheeba says the same thing that the Prophet Mussa (pbuh) says in verse 16 of Surat Al Qasas:
“My Lord, I have transgressed against myself”
Would you hurt someone that you truly loved ? Impossible – unless it was a mistake or you didn’t realize what you were doing ! Right ?
The Prophet Mussa kills a man – accidentally. The queen of Sheba didn’t know better, but the second she saw the miracle, she realised.
They felt sorry for themselves – the way a parent feels guilty when they find out that they were unwittingly harming their child whilst thinking they were strengthening him or her. The parent adores his/her child.
How is it that we end up not loving, but instead loathing or despising ourselves ?
Well, for most people as they grow up, they are reprimanded whenever they DO something bad or naughty and they are praised whenever they DO something that is good.
Whilst there might not be anything wrong with that as a child, as you grow, you need to shed that programming. Approval comes from within.
Most people walk around disapproving of themselves, seeking approval from others – either through positive or negative attention seeking. They look for dunya to make them feel happy, not realising that they hold the key and the lock themselves. (more…)