Some thoughts from… day-8

Today I learned something most profound, that fasting is of three types…

  • The common fast

  • The special fast; and

  • The Ultra special fast

The common fast is to stay away from food, drink and intimacy… this is observed by the majority of people..

The special fast is to stop your whole being from doing sins…or other useless activities… this is accomplished by few people…

And the Ultra special  fast is to stop the mind from thinking negative or useless thoughts…like envy or hatred … or making false assumptions about others etc… this is the most rare form of fasting in which a person avoids thinking of anything that distracts him from remembering Allah…

It was such an eye opener for me to realize how important it is for us to keep this third type of fast…because the purpose of fasting, as defined by Allah Himself, is to attain taqwa…and since taqwa resides in the heart, therefore how important it is for us to clean and purify our hearts…

No wonder we go through the entire Ramadan, year after year… we fast and we pray and read Quran but our characters remain untouched…as soon as the blessed month is over we are back to our worldly life… as if the whole exercise that we went through was nothing but a dream…

It happens like this, because our fasting is only restricted to staying hungry and thirsty… and we never clean up our hearts…

Whereas the reality is that the hearts have to be cleansed because this is where we will sow the seeds of good thoughts and ideas that we daily learn from the Quran… and then these seeds of ideas will come out as the plants of good actions…

Imagine if every individual is going through this process of self-purification and self-development then what a revolution it will create in the whole society…we will then become the people of Quran… the representatives of Allah’s deen to the whole world… through our character and behavior…

Therefore this Ramadan we should sincerely make an intention to achieve a heart that is free from distractions and harmful thoughts… so that we can get full benefit from the guidance of Quran.

To achieve this objective we need to immerse ourselves in the company of righteous people… because if we keep following the trends of the majority then they will lead us away from success…because their lives are being motivated by assumptions and temptations… and not by any true knowledge…

The difference between ignorance and guidance is like life and death… light and darkness…

Allah has revealed a most beautiful ayah:

[6:122] Is he who was dead then We raised him to life and made for him a light by which he walks among the people, like him whose likeness is that of one in utter darkness whence he cannot come forth?

The question is that if this difference is so clear then why do most people prefer to remain in the dark? Don’t they want to have life and light? The reason is that the devil has created an illusion of glamour and attraction in sins… and so the people who reject the true guidance think that they are enjoying life… they can do what they want… but this is just their self-deception… because this glitter and show of freedom is just a disguise behind which they hide their loneliness and despair… and that is why they constantly want to remain immersed in one form of entertainment or the other, because they do not want to face the reality of their purposeless existence…

Most of the time it is the pride inside the heart that makes a person so stubborn in not accepting the truth… just like the devil who was so full of himself that he refused to bow down in front of Adam (a.s.)

All his years of worship were burnt up in that one act of arrogance and disobedience… so we must never be proud of our achievements because this pride is like a fire that burns all goodness…

One of the most vivid signs of pride is that a person will want to show his good deeds to others… and his talk will be mostly about his own achievements…

Therefore we must be very careful on these two points… force yourself to keep your worship and other good deeds a secret between you and Allah… and keep a check on how you talk… choose topics that don’t begin with “I-me-myself”…

Learn to appreciate others and always think that maybe Allah loves them more because of something that only He knows about them… So be humble and ask Allah for His guidance…

We can never be totally free from sins… the most we can do is to keep trying and keep praying… This is the way of becoming a mohsin… cry over your mistakes… seek forgiveness… do taubah and move on…

May Allah accept our struggles in His path… ameen

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6 thoughts on “Some thoughts from… day-8

  1. Thank you for your timely reminder about cleansing our hearts in Ramadan. Have been reading your posts for many years sister. May Allah keep you in his protection. Ameen.

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