Feed Your Heart in Ramadan – A Beautiful Reminder


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Many Muslims approach Ramadan very much like they do in previous years. They slip into similar habits and routines, and their ibadah from one Ramadan to the next is predictable. They may have the same taraweeh schedules, read similar quantities of Quran, or perform similar types of ibadah. And they end up coming out of Ramadan very much like they did the year before.

The Prophet (sa) said: “The example of hypocrisy in it (the heart) is like an ulcer that thrives on blood and pus.” (Ahmad)

You might be wondering what that even means; the end of the hadith explains it, and specifically in Ramadan we can see how it benefits us.

The Prophet (sa) further said: “Whichever one of the two (faith or hypocrisy) is getting more, whichever one of the two has the upper hand; the heart will follow suits; the heart will be overcome by that.” (Ahmad)

What does that mean? What you feed your hearts is supposed to directly impact whether or not your heart will be that of a Mumin or a Munafiq; a believer or a hypocrite. When you go to rehabilitation it’s about quitting things, and so if I am going to Taraweeh every night but while I am at home I have the TV on and I am still spending the same amount of time on internet and I am still talking about the same types of things to people and I am hanging out with the same group of people who are polluting and corrupting my heart then I am feeding the plants or I am feeding the ulcer? You are feeding the ulcer and the Prophet (sa) taught us to feed the plants specially in Ramadan. You are cutting out all these things which feed the ulcer. This is the meaning of the Hadeeth and Rasulullah (sa) said: “Whoever does not abandon idol speech, foolishness and backbiting (and the flaws of the tongue), Allah has no need of him abandoning his food and his desire; Allah does not want all that.”

Your heart has to fast as well; your limbs have to fast as well; so what are you feeding your heart in Ramadan? If you are feeding the Quran and you are feeding the Dhikr of Allah (swt), you are feeding the good material, listening to beneficial things for the entire month, throughout the month the plant in your heart is growing, your Iman is growing because you are feeding it with the pure water and sustaining it with pure water.

Imam Ibn Al-Jawzi said: “If you find the darkness in your hearts after you commit a sin then that means you still have light in your heart”; because if there was no light in the heart you would not have felt the darkness, (think about it, it is profound). If you still feel bad and uncomfortable in Ramadan when the stuff is going on and outside of the Ramadan as well, you still feel bad, you still have the guilty conscious; this means there is still Noor in your heart; there is some form of light in your heart.

The great scholar from the 9th century Than-Noon Al-Masri said: “Just as a sick body cannot enjoy fine food, a sick heart cannot enjoy worshipping Allah.” So if you are feeding that ulcer and you go to Taraweeh later, what’s going to happen? It’s not going to do anything. The great lecture and everything that you are hearing is not going to work because you have been feeding an ulcer for nine hours; now you are just trying to feed this plant for an hour a day; the plant will die.

So use Ramadan in particular to bring in the right things into your home and into your heart; surround yourself with things that will feed that plant; that will nourish that plant of Iman inside your heart.

Transcribed for Hiba Magazine by Hira Naqi


Light at the end of the tunnel

light at the end of the tunnelDarkness had prevailed in her life; she wanted to get out of it, but it was complicated. As she tried to stand up, her surrounding didn’t let her do it. It discouraged her until she lost hope and her brain filled with complexity. She couldn’t blame anyone, as she was afraid of revealing her emotions to those who were busy in their lives; and they never noticed what her heart wanted to say.

“Neglect it! Neglect it!” it wasn’t a spoon-feeding job. Everyone has his own personality that possesses a packet of talent- which neither a teacher, nor the parents are aware of. It can only be obtained by trusting upon an individual.

Her talent was ordinary for others, but totally opposite in her perspective. As she believed that the greatest achievement of all is to do more than peoples’ expectations.

Taking this theory in her mind, she tried to expose that: ”Yes!! Something inside me brightens me up”, but she failed as she forgot that people couldn’t comprehend her feelings and thoughts correctly.

On the other hand, the fake friendships and then the deceitful people stabbing her back grabbed her attention. And, the talk which led her to lose her self-confidence made her life pathetic and miserable. She thought to be the worst terrestrial creature.

But, one day she saw a door through which she saw the rays of sun forming a circle around her and those rays were the message from Allah (swt) which made her realize what she really was. Then a reality struck her mind that this world is temporary, and the testing period will make her way easy to the Paradise. Hence, she welcomed those down phases, removed all the negativity, left behind everything and worked upon endurance and tolerance inside her. She bowed down to Allah (swt) who is omnipotent and omniscient. Still people think of her as an ordinary person, but she knows that Allah (swt) has endowed her with loads of qualities on which she is working, and preventing it from rusting by showing gratitude towards Allah (swt) Almighty Who is her light…the Brightest Light.

The Ignored Relationship

AS_114Dear Muslim

Every day, I see you picking up your books from the bookshelf and reading them with great attention. You keep reading textbooks and story books for hours and hours, and you don’t realize that someone, who is more deserving of your time, is near you. Every time you come near the shelf, I hope you would ignore others and give me some time. But you pass away, ignoring me. The love and affection I deserve is being poured by you upon strangers.

One day, when you will need them the most, they won’t be there for you. They won’t pay heed to your cries. All those for whom you neglected me will forget you one day. They are strangers. I am yours. I am here to provide solutions to every problem you face. I won’t turn away from you. I am the only one on earth, who would accompany you in your grave and protect you from hellfire. I will tell you how to achieve real success in both the worlds. I will heal your heart whenever you feel depressed and oppressed. All I want from you is to pay some heed to my words. Come to me, and re-establish that very old and true relationship. Insha’Allah, you will be the happiest person on the earth.

 Only yours,

 The Quran