A week has come to pass since the beginning of ramadan and I find gratitude in knowing and understanding Islam so much more then I did this time last year. I was frustrated, last year, at the fact that I couldn’t fast two years in a row. I felt as if my ibadah (worship) was incomplete. I understand now. I am able to go into a deeper meditation when thinking of Allah, when speaking to Him. I achieved all this in a week by changing the way I think. I incorporated dikhr (remembrance of Allah) into my daily chores. Our phones are the one thing we check regularly in this generation and so I’ve written duas and names of Allah all over it to remember to recite.
Strengthening your Iman requires strength in your mind to change the way you look at things. With the right intentions, every act you perform becomes a form of ibadah.
Al Kahaar – The Subduer
If you recite this name of Allah continually, Allah will free you from the love of this world and, instead, Allah’s love will become inborn in your heart. Insha-Allah.
Abdullah ibn Busr (ra) narrated that:
A man came to the Prophet (saws) and said, “Oh Prophet of Allah, the laws of Islam have become too much for us. So, is there one thing that we can hold on to that would be inclusive (of many other things?)”
He (saws) replied, “Keep your tongue moist with the remembrance of Allah, most Exalted, Sublime.”
Sahih hadith from Ahmed.
This ramadan has brought long hours in the day where you can be left feeling as if you don’t have anything to do. Here is my very short list of things I want to do:
1. Memorise the 99 names of Allah. Memorise as many as you can with translation. When your mind starts to wander, recite these names. After all, you can’t love someone you don’t know.
2. Find out the translation of duas used in our daily prayer. We tend to whiz past out namaaz not knowing what we said to Allah. Maybe if we knew what our conversation with him entailed we would have more focus.
3. Write daily duas on sticky notes and post around the house. I.e. Leaving the house, going up the stairs etc I have yet to do this. This can help Memorise these duas better and of course remember Allah.