Time to sort out my intentions before Ramadan.
I love this picture. I think of the light in the distance as a door. And the path made of stepping stones to get to the door across the water is incomplete. I have to lay down each stone before I can move further towards the door.
Al Wahhab, the bestower of gifts, has given us the month of Ramadan. Now it’s up to us what we make of it.
Al Wahhab got us here, Al Lateef will get us through it.
Now, it’s time for me to discipline my heart and kick out all the “aww, do I really have to?” and “it’s hot!” and “I’d rather sleep all day” thoughts.
Yup, I just admitted to having negative thoughts about Ramadan. It happens. We all have a nafs, don’t we? The point is whether we control it or not.
It’s easy to write about doing it but the actual in-the-moment, minute-to-minute self discipline is a tough struggle. Still, it’s not impossible. I can do it. In sha Allah.
In other words, here’s a Ramadan goodie I think you’ll like:
Check it out.
I also wrote a cover story on Ramadan which is filled with links I’m too lazy to reproduce here, so just go ahead and skim the article if you want:
I think I can handle it. Bring it on!