One Step at a Time

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Ramadan for most of us is beginning today. I was thinking about how Ramadan is a time of change for most people. They stop doing things like watching TV or movies or other little things because they want to make the most of this blessed month. It’s also a time when sisters try to better their worship, increase their recitation of Qur’an, and even take their hijab or niqab to the next level.

I was thinking: what is in this blessed month that makes this happen? Maybe it’s the fact the Shaytaan is chained. Maybe it’s all the barakah in the air. Maybe it’s the unity of sisters at the Masajid and everywhere. There’s just so much good, so much khayr, everywhere.

So, what happens when this month ends? Slowly, we go back to our old ways. We may not want to, but it happens. We may lose that focus, that drive, that motivation and it’s all down the drain.

That being said, I wanted to share this inspiring Hadith Qudsi before we begin this blessed month:

On the authority of Abu Harayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Prophet (PBUH) said: Allah the Almighty said:

I am as My servant thinks I am (1). I am with him when he makes mention of Me. If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself; and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assembly better than it. And if he draws near to Me an arm’s length, I draw near to him a fathom’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed.

[Narrated by al-Buhkari (also by Muslim, at-Tirmidhi and Ibn-Majah).]

(1) Another possible rendering of the Arabic is: ‘I am as My servant expects Me to be.’ The meaning is that forgiveness and acceptance of repentance by the Almighty is subject to His servant truly believing that He is forgiving and merciful. However, not to accompany such belief with right action would be to mock the Almighty.

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is with us at all times. In Ramadan, we feel that EmanRush which makes it feel easier to change. Make most of this feeling by using this blessed month as a stepping stone to change, either to increase in your hijab, or any other aspect of your deen. But make the intention to keep it going throughout the year. Yes, the going gets tough a few weeks after Ramadan but just remind yourself of this hadith. As close as you felt to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala in Ramadan, remember He’s that close to you throughout the year, no matter where you are. Just keep turning back to Him and by His mercy, the ‘going’ will get easier!

Why share this before Ramadan? To make sure we make the most of our blessed month. The effects of Ramadan should last with us after Ramadan, and even throughout the year. Going in with the right intention and motivation should help us do just that. InshaAllah, those sisters who walk in with the intention to increase in their faith, will walk out of this month with that increase, and more.

Oh, and of course, Ramadan Mubarak to you all! May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala allow us to experience it in full and to get the most out of it! Ameen.