The veils dissipate more easily, and our hearts are fertile for the planting of beautiful seeds. Seeds that, we hope, will take root in this month, then grow into beautiful new habits, actions, mindsets, and character – in the rest of the year to follow.
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If we fear our failures and we hate them, then what could possibly motivate us to try out new things in life? Just like everyone else, my heart used to drop on finding a slightest hint of me failing at something. Back then, I used to get mad, depressed, and stressed...
It’s not difficult to fortify your Islam and practice it beautifully in the West. You do, however, need to acknowledge the struggle and commit to adopting helpful strategies to ensure you can practice your faith without hindrance.
The diseases that can potentially afflict the heart are many. However, among them are a few that we should all be extremely wary of because of the damage they do to the heart and because of their ability to quickly cause the heart to succumb to other diseases.
Abu Hanifah, every time he spent any money on his family or on himself, he would give out for the sake of Allah similar amount. Like he brought his family groceries and, let's say, it cost him two hundred dollars, he would take another two hundred dollars and give it for the sake of Allah.
Worship in Islam isn’t an act of God overburdening us or wanting a favor from us in return for being our Creator. It is for our own well being. A nourishment for our body and soul. We need to teach our kids the importance of this well so they can establish a spiritual connection with the Almighty.
In Ramadan, the continual fasting weakens the physical desires. It resets the appetite of the nafs, the bias towards the material world. Also, Satan is locked up and so can’t tug the nafs back towards the material side. This removes the cover of materialism from our eyes...
The lowest level is keeping the body in clothing physically clean. 2- The next level is the purification of the body from sinful acts such as lying, adultery, and others. 3- The next level is the purification of the heart from its diseases such as envy, pride, greed, and so on.
God is your judge, and it is God who will decide your reward. The highest degree is the fasting of the spiritual elite; it is to restrain the soul from thought of all things except God. One must give oneself entirely to God and fast from everything inwardly and outwardly.
We have two months left until Ramadan begins – so if we want to take full benefit from Ramadan, and take advantage of those ‘early bird’ benefits, now is the time to start preparing (if we haven’t already started, that is). You may be thinking it’s too soon, but it isn’t. Time flies...
You really need just ONE key to unlock the secret door of consistency. Just one. It’s focus. It’s that simple. Focus on one thing first and then keep on doing it again and again. That’s how you get perfect in practicing some thing or rather, anything. That is also basically how you can build consistency.
I spent a few years as a young adult wandering in this blindness until God granted my fumbling, grasping, and desperate soul, guidance. But Islam has given me so much more than clear vision, it has shown me the path, given me purpose, perspective, and offered protection.