Welcome back! This isolated island is now floated again. Yosh! Happy Eidulfitri, may the past Ramadhan become a refreshing air and a great motivation and lesson for us in worshiping Allah, The Almighty. Happy return to fitrah! But make sure this new fitrah that we hold are better than our yesterday.
So, what had Ramadhan gave to you? Have you change even in a minute aspect? Lesson? Is it possible to make the lesson to stay for the rest of our lives? The worst is why we haven’t learnt any lesson during the noble month? I thought about this year by year after each Ramadhan. Some of the lessons we (I) learnt flew away after two or three months after Ramadhan, never it stayed for a bit longer – which doesn’t surprised me. We have to not let the determination get cold and vanished by time. It should be refreshed and renewed at an interval.
Grew older (and wiser?), I reflected a lot on this one thing – Focus. I seek for a definition of the real focus in worshipping Allah. How to kick out the worldly scent out of our mind while we are facing Allah? How to ignore the uncertain and stop worrying about some things that is obviously are out of our control? We have to learn and understand about the “total submission”. Every problems and heart diseases we ever faced and experienced, I believe it was rooted from the lacked focus on Allah. It is interesting to sit and think deeply about this.
Alhamdulillah, we will reach Ramadhan very soon and let us pray for Allah to make our heart alive along the Ramadhan as well as post-Ramadhan. Ramadhan is often to be called as a gateway of changing and improving.On top of that, it really doesn’t work much if the improvement or the changing is fail to be maintained on the following months.However, to change in Ramadhan is really a rahmah and privilege to have rather than being the same without any improvement ; just like our ‘before’.
Among the twelve months, Ramadhan is the best month on the planet. We had gone through a lot of hardship, battleship of the nafs and everything that build and destruct ourselves.When it comes to Ramadhan, it is our time to reflect back our deeds. If before this, we performed our prayers in rushing and seldom put our hands together to pray, in Ramadhan, we have to make a move. If before this we feel that to pray and perform tahajud is such a huge and heavy things to do, this Ramadhan, push your self up. Don’t let yourself being the same as before.Be better!
If we ever feel that in those earlier months before Ramadhan, we were too busy of our business until it is too little time spent for Allah and we felt something like a gap between us and Allah ; this is the right time for us to spend time, improve our deeds and taqarrub with HIM. No time, too? Be creative. It doesn’t need for us to stay sit on our prayer mat in order to perform our ibadah. It is always a chance and thousand ways for those who want to become a better slave of Allah. Shortly, something should be improved by this coming Ramadhan.
What I love most about Ramadhan is that, time is being long. It is not the result of solstice or whatsoever (no such thing in Malaysia) but it is the result whereby a lot of our routine had reduced. To be particular, it is our eating time! We tend to keep thinking about filling our stomach full and what’s next to be eaten. In Ramadhan, everybody is fasting and we unconsciously have a lot of time.
The time can be used to have a good reading of Al-Quran or anything beneficial to our soul and life. Reduce talking and gossiping, maximising reading and understanding. Read the translation of Al-Quran if we hardly understand the Arabic words of it. Seek the love of Allah and pray and pray.Allah is all-listening and Ramadhan is very a good time to pray. Grab the chance!
Istiqamah doing the change and InsyaAllah, the following months after Ramadhan, you can feel the change. Something is renew and it is Imaan. Retain and build it up by keep continuing the deeds, just like we’re in Ramadhan. What matter most is our understanding about the words and orders of Allah, not about how fast we can finish reading the Al-Quran. If so, we tend to read Al-Quran in rushing way and at last, nothing can be gain or felt. That is a waste for our soul.
It is good for us to keep reminding that Ramadhan is a great gateway for us to be better. Why? Because it is easier,dude! Syaitan had been in prison and we have less enemy alive except ourselves. Fight with our self is indeed a true battleship of Ramadhan and the true winner will be revealed in the following eleven months right after the Ramadhan.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said that Paradise is surrounded by hardship and the Hell-fire is surrounded by temptation
So, struggle against ourselves and do things that please Allah, not human being.
Until then, have a soul-changing Ramadhan, fellas 🙂