Learn Quran, And recite it, Then apply it, And then teach it.
Learn Sunnah, And apply it, Then teach it.
Make Dua for yourself and others that Allah makes it easy for everyone to find the truth.
It sounds vague and a general advice, but once you find trustworthy and authentic sources and upright scholars to study with who not only give you the words of our Lord and our beloved Messenger ﷺ but also the methodology and practical application of your learning.
Start with whatever is available right now and begin building on it. You’ll find yourself far ahead if you practice daily and reap the reward of a better and more fulfilling Ramadan.
وَٱهْجُرْهُمْ هَجْرًا جَمِيلًا سورة المزمل “.. and depart from them courteously.” – Surah Al Muzzammil
Quran teaches us not to scream back when someone screams at us, or to return curse for a curse. The beauty of living lies in being kinder, nicer, and distancing and removing ourselves from such company by clearing our hearts.
Don’t take someone’s negative, harsh attitude as a personal attack on your being- their actions define them, yours define you. Once you shift your perspective to how you can be kind, forgiving following in the footsteps of Prophet ﷺ, your approach will differ a lot and you’ll be able to handle issues with grace and control.
Focusing on Quran, mastering it and growing with it will be one of the greatest commitments you make in this life to protect and shield your heart from the illusions of this world.
Memorising Quran, in fact, is a lifelong commitment. Don’t start a new decade of your life without having devoted yourself to hifdh and recitation of Quran.
Quran will provide steadfastness to your heart and safeguard your intellect while increasing your focus and shifting your priorities for a more blessed and healthy lifestyle as it’ll become the guiding light for you on your journey in this life.
وَلِتُصْنَعَ عَلَىٰ عَيْنِىٓ – سورة طه “.. so that you are reared under My watchful eye, protection and care.” – Surah TaHa
In the palace of the tyrants, protected, guarded and raised in the hands of his enemies.
Allah sheltered Musa عليه السلام and gave his mother the strength and faith to carry on, and even returned Musa عليه السلام safely to her so she can take care of him.
Reflecting on just a part of this verse.. Moving from trial to trial at different stages in our lives, facing challenges and struggles.. Do we keep our focus on what’s coming ahead or do we give in to our situation, blame the circumstances while turning our eyes away from the mercy of our Lord?
Difficulties help us in building our characters. We will not taste the sweetness of spirituality if it were not for the struggles of this life.
Struggles that bring us closer to Allah are where we shed all insecurities, fears and focus only on Him and beseech Him, seek His Grace and Mercy. Such a struggle is spiritually productive because it strengthens our faith and we learn how to discover our connection with our Creator instead of coasting along in this life.
A strengthened faith is not something you’ll just find- it’s something you work for.
What can you do today to strengthen your connection with Allah?