Today's date - 5th March - is very special for me, my parents, my soul-sistah and her parents and sister too!
What's so special about today's date?
On Monday 5th March 2001 I, alongside a billion other souls, were on the plains of Arafat - for our 'Journey of a Lifetime!
Yes, it was 'our' Hajj Day! :)
My soul-sistah and I (and her sister too) first met on the coach, outside our mosque. I had previously visited Mecca and Medina - well 6 months previously (summer 2000) and our relatives went with us - their daughters were a few years younger than me and we were there for two weeks. I had friends!
This time round we would be there for a month and although we went with a big group I didn't know anyone and as soon as I got on to the coach I saw my soul-sistah and her sister, we all smiled at each other and I said to my mum; 'Ami, ami - look - my new friends!' - and the rest is history! Lol.
"Friendship isn't about whom you have known the longest, it's about who came, and never left your side." Unknown
So anyways, I thought today share a post I previously wrote during Hajj season a few years ago as this topic is our daily topic and not just for special seasons like Ramadan or Hajj.
Are YOU feeling an emaan-low right now?
Are YOU in need of a quick spiritual fix right now??
Want some instant heart and soul therapy???
Well, read on and apply these 7 steps now.
And in fact Ramadan is about 3 months away - so let's prepare for it now insha'Allah! :)
Grab a notepad and pen (ipads/iphones, etc, etc) and switch into Ramadan mode (to do this close your eyes and think of a day in Ramadan where you felt totally at peace and on a spiritual high - when you can feel a tingling throughout your body open your eyes and begin and yes, I can see you smiling!).
1. Obligatory Ibaadah:
Are we praying our five daily prayers and praying them on time?
Do a prayer check! Check the times of start and end and pray now!
How much time do we spend each day on Qur'an? Reading it, reciting it, memorizing it, listening to it, understanding and studying the translation.
Schedule in time for Qur'an. If we can make a date with the TV and our favourite shows then I'm sure we can make a date with the Qur'an. Start and end the day with the Qur'an.
3. The Fast Life:
Get into Ramadan mode and fast. Fast the sunnah fast - Monday and Thursday to get into the habit and prepare you mind, body and soul now.
4. NBN - Nocturnal By Nature
Pray the night prayer. Qiyaam, tahajjud, read books, watch lectures, listen to audio reminders, study and recite more Qur'an.
If you're going to do an all-nighter then sprinkle a dose of the above insha'Allah. You'll be glad you did! (Otherwise, just go to sleep and get some rest!)
5. Just Dua It!
Do you make dua? Allah says; 'Remember me and I shall remember you.' In a hadith qudsi He (swt) also says; '...walk to me and I shall run to you!' Yet most of us are still crawling!
Run to Allah!!! We have no where else to go!
Make dua, lots and lots. For yourself, family, your pet parrot and cat, the entire Ummah. Raise your hands to the skies and make dua!
(No I don't have a mia mithu (parrot) but I do have a cat - Mano).
Study the Names and Attributes of Allah and so when you make dua you can call Him with those names (i.e. asking for rizq, forgiveness - its more powerful when asking by those specific names).
Make dua when it rains, when breaking the fast, between asr and maghrib prayer on Friday - on these occasions ones duas are answered.
The supplication of every one of you will be granted if he does not get impatient and say (for example): `I supplicated my Rubb but my prayer has not been granted'.'' [Bukhari and Muslim]
6. Dhikr Allah
'Keep the tongue moist with the remembrance of Allah'.
Make dhikr constantly.
If you're still struggling with vain talk and vulgar language - time to wash the mouth and tongue with dhikr Allah. Try it!
Just remind yourself - 'Dhikr and Tasbee'.
RasoolAllah (sws) said even a smile is charity but I'm sure that we can give more than a smile.
Give a pound to a charity a day.
Set up a direct debit to give charity on a deceased loved ones name.
Give and you shall receive!
All our rizq is a blessing from Allah and He is the true owner of it. We can't take money to our grave - we can't use it as ransom to keep the punishment away! And so if Allah has blessed you with wealth then spend on those who have less than you.
Those are our 7 steps to a quick spiritual fix.
Is there anything else we could add to that list?
Comment below and let's inspire our 'We Be Inspired' community.
Oh and here's some inspiration from the Qur'an and Sunnah about friendships! :)
Allah says in the Qur’an:
“And (remember) the Day when the wrong-doer will bite his hands and say: Woe to me! Would that I had taken a path with the Messenger. Woe to me! If only I had not taken so- and-so as a friend! He has led me astray from this Reminder (the Qur’an) after it had come to me. And Satan is ever a deserter to man in the hour of need.” (Al-Qur’an 25:27-29)
The example of a good companion and a bad companion is like that of the seller of musk, and the one who blows the blacksmith’s bellows. So as for the seller of musk then either he will grant you some, or you buy some from him, or at least you enjoy a pleasant smell from him. As for the one who blows the blacksmith’s bellows then either he will burn your clothes or you will get an offensive smell from him.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Nadia Leona Yunis