Many countries will begin Ramadan from Thursday, 18th June, 2015 Insha’Allah. Mufti Ismail Menk has posted some handy Ramadan reminders on his social media. Check them out here:
Everywhere I see, Ramadan is the buzz word. Facebook, Twitter, email, apps and other social networks are overflowing with tips, ideas and advices on how to be productive during Ramadan.
I don’t know what more to scribble down about the upcoming month which is fast approaching.
I think it’s time we stop and ask ourselves: are we completely prepared for it, and if not, what is pending?
Cleaning, making lists, shopping, keeping out Islamic books, buying new clothes… is everything done?
What about the small piece of flesh deep inside which we call heart?
The Prophet (sa) said: “Beware! There is a piece of flesh in the body, if it becomes good (i.e., reformed), the whole body becomes good, but if it gets spoilt, the whole body gets spoilt, and that is the heart.” (Bukhari)
It’s the first place from where spiritual cleansing has to start; yet we mostly forget about it and I am not an exception.
Let’s concentrate on it as well, along with other preparations. Let’s start a battle with Shaitan and take away all that he likes from our hearts, like anger, envy, greed, jealousy, pride and all the negative qualities one can own. Let’s forgive those who have been harsh to us as well as our dear ones, cleanse our hearts and leave the matter to Allah. This is the right time. If we start now, we can be better in Ramadan as Allah has promised:
“When Ramadan begins, the gates of Paradise are opened, and the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained up.” (Bukhari)
When our hearts are clean, it reflects on our face and actions. We learn to place complete trust in Allah. We become less interested in gossips, what others think or talk about us, and we gain strength from within to do what we feel is right and what Allah has ordained us to do.
May Allah help us all reach this Ramadan and make maximum out of it. Ameen!