A few days into Ramadan, where do we find ourselves? Amongst the buzz that may surround us, our friends and family on a Ramadan high, do we find ourselves busy with studying, looming deadlines or work? Are we ultimately longing for this “Ramadan feeling” that we think those around us hold, but we don’t.
If you’re anywhere close to relating to that, here’s 3 steps for you!
1. Change your Perspective.
Let’s not focus on comparing ourselves on where we think others are and use this as a marker for being disheartened. Let us look at our own circumstances: the time we have, the challenges we face and stresses upon us, but more importantly this longing we also hold.
Hold the intention to do what you can, and if the opportunity comes to do more, that you will!
2. Acknowledge drawing closer to Allah happens through actions and not feelings.
Abu Dharr reported, the Prophet PBUH said “Allah almighty says: ..Whoever draws close to me by the length of a hand, I will draw close to him by the length of an arm. Whoever draws close to me the by length of an arm, I will draw close to him by the length of a fathom. Whoever comes to me walking, I will come to him running..” (Muslim)
Allah is telling us we are close to him, not because of how we feel but that if we do an action to come closer to Him, He will draw even closer. Subhan’Allah, we are so blessed that we don’t need to experience “a feeling”, an emotion, something we have little control over. But in fact He has empowered us to take action in managing our side of our relationship with Him. If we are taking those actions, we are already near to Him, Insha’Allah.
3. Take a moment and speak to Allah.
If you’re yearning to have that closeness with Allah or if you’re frustrated with yourself, sit and raise your hands and say what is in your heart in your own words, even though He is well aware of it.
With the time remaining, let us make the most of it. Make our intention for all that we do to be counted as a means of forgiveness for us. Our fasting, our salaah, but also our work to help others, our work to unite the Ummah and our charity.
We pray Allah grants us all that we pray for. Ameen!