Self Reflection

“When someone beats a rug with a stick, he is not beating the rug – his aim is to get rid of the dust. Your inward is full of dust from the veil of ‘I’ –ness, and the dust will not leave all at once. With every cruelty and every blow, it departs little by little from the hearts face, sometimes in sleep and sometimes in wakefulness.”

I have been reading the new edition to Yasmin Mogahed’s ‘Reclaim your heart’ and this saying by Rumi has given me the awakening I needed in order to make sense of the chaos I’ve been experiencing. We’ve been told time and again how trials and tribulations in life are for our betterment and are usually a way to save us from a calamity that we can not foresee. I’ve always tried to make sense of this and struggled how my family’s or my unhappiness and discomfort could be a good thing. You need a deeper understanding to fully comprehend this. I believe that you can not acquire or fully grasp the meaning of something so profound. It takes a couple of blows for you to come back to it, changing your perspective each time because of the new situation you find yourself in and seeing a quote like this in a completely different light.

As muslims, we have to believe that walking on the path towards God will not be without it’s challenges. Our faith will be tested, as will everything that has been given to us in this life. Only in understanding the need for these trials in our lives will we begin to truly rely and completly trust Allah with all our affairs. In turn, Allah gives us more in an unwordly way. To help us reach the ultimate state in order to return to our Creator in the most pure form. Ramadan is long gone and we have entered into a new Hijri year but I can’t help but reminisce ramadan nights and the heightened sense of spirituality around that time. At present, my spirituality is at a low. I’m having to drag myself through the simplest of tasks. Having said that, it is at a time of lowest Iman when we should be striving the most to complete our obligations. Especially prayer.

We have the day of Ashura fast approaching us. The prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: ‘fasting the day of Ashura (is of great merits). I hope that Allah will accept it as an expiation for (the sins committed in) the previous year.’ It is best when fasting with the previous day (9th Muharram) or the day after Ashura (11th Muharram). I pray this finds you in good health and are able to fast on this special day.

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