A Fresh Start Before Ramadan

Make Quran your constant companion; the more you sit with it, the more it honours you, gives you its secrets and elevates your status.

This world is designed to distract you and the Quran is designed to remind you.

Ibn al-Qayyim said :
“If your heart is thirsty, then do not quench it except with the Quran, and if your heart feels empty then do not fill it up except with the remembrance of Allah.”

Just remember there’s always barakah when you recite the Quran. Try to make an effort this season to build a connection with the Quran by reciting it whenever you can, even if it’s a line or two, read something everyday. This way, you’ll be able to do more during Ramadan.

كل الأشياء إن تركتها تذبل إلا القرآن إن تركته ذبلت
“Everything you neglect will deteriorate except the Quran: If you neglecting it, it is you who deteriorates.”

Until You Meet Him

Your struggle of perfecting and excelling in recitation of the Quran does not end with the end of your week, halaqah, or end of a course.

It will be your daily project that you work on perfecting, connecting with your Lord using His Speech until the day you meet Him.

Only Allah

When you’re troubled and don’t know how to act, where do you turn? To Allah for comfort.

If you can’t make a difficult decision, whom do you ask? Ask Allah to show you the right path.

When your life is a mess and you need to make changes, how do you start? With Allah’s help.

Who is there for you, in the bad times and the good, from the day you were born till the day you’ll leave this world? Only Allah.

Who knows your strengths and weaknesses and can offer you comfort, solace and counsel when you need support? The word of Allah.

Who will never let you down in the day or the night and raise you in ranks the more you reach out to Him instead of shunning and ignoring you? Only Allah.

Seek His Help, seek His guidance, and strive hard to please the One who will never ever abandon you, tire of you, or forget you.

{وَالَّذِينَ جَاهَدُوا فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا ۚ وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَمَعَ الْمُحْسِنِينَ}

And those who strive for Us- We will surely guide them to Our ways. And indeed, Allah is with the doers of good. [29:69]

Hold It

You can’t go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending.

If you’re lagging behind, feel that you didn’t do enough, are overwhelmed and burdened to the point your heart comes to your throat because you cannot see the road ahead.. Hold yourself right there.

Allah has promised you that He will be there for you whenever you call upon Him. Ask Allah to show you the right path ahead and start walking. Ask Allah to ease your pain and increase in His Remembrance. Ask Allah to grant you righteous companionship, believers as friends and supporters and strive to be a better, loyal and principled friend to others.

Allah will never burden you, never let you drown as long as you hold onto Him. Allah will part the ocean of distress for you and a solid pathway to ease when you submit your woes, sorrows, pain and troubles to Him.

Only look upto Him for help and He will rescue you–for His help isn’t temporary, but will carry you to a peaceful abode at the end of this road.


إِنْ يَنْصُرْكُمُ اللَّهُ فَلَا غَالِبَ لَكُمْ وَإِنْ يَخْذُلْكُمْ فَمَنْ ذَا الَّذِي يَنْصُرُكُمْ مِنْ بَعْدِهِ وَعَلَى اللَّهِ فَلْيَتَوَكَّلِ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ

If God helps you, none can overcome you, but if He withdraws His help from you, who is there who can help you besides Him? In God, then, let the believers place their trust. (The Quran, verse 3:160)


Keep working, keep praying, keep walking.

Strangers

Strangness isn’t being far away from your family or land; strangeness is acting upon the Sunnah and the Qur’an and not finding anyone to help you with it.

‎أَلَآ إِنَّ أَوْلِيَآءَ ٱللَّهِ لَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ

Unquestionably, [for] the allies of Allāh there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve

‎ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ وَكَانُوا۟ يَتَّقُونَ

Those who believed and were fearing Allāh

‎لَهُمُ ٱلْبُشْرَىٰ فِى ٱلْحَيَوٰةِ ٱلدُّنْيَا وَفِى ٱلْءَاخِرَةِ ۚ لَا تَبْدِيلَ لِكَلِمَٰتِ ٱللَّهِ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ هُوَ ٱلْفَوْزُ ٱلْعَظِيمُ

For them are good tidings in the worldly life and in the Hereafter. No change is there in the words of Allāh. That is what is the great attainment.

‎وَلَا يَحْزُنكَ قَوْلُهُمْ ۘ إِنَّ ٱلْعِزَّةَ لِلَّهِ جَمِيعًا ۚ هُوَ ٱلسَّمِيعُ ٱلْعَلِيمُ

And let not their speech grieve you. Indeed, honor [due to power] belongs to Allāh entirely. He is the Hearing, the Knowing.

— Quran | 10:62-65

A Beautiful Ocean

The Quran is a like a beautiful ocean– the moment you start reciting it and learning it’s meaning you’ll be drowned by its depth and beauty and wouldn’t want to stop.

كَلاَّ إِنَّهَا تَذْكِرَةٌ فَمَن شَآءَ ذَكَرَهُ
No indeed! Truly it (the Qur’an) is a reminder, and whoever wills pays heed to it.

Open Your Mushaf

Reading a book by your favourite author has a positive impact on your mood and helps you in relaxing.

Then, what would the Book that your Lord revealed and called a healing for that which is in the hearts and a form of mercy and guidance for the believers?

Give Quran the best of your time and attention – not the remainder.

يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّاسُ قَدْ جَآءَتْكُم مَّوْعِظَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَشِفَآءٌ لِّمَا فِى ٱلصُّدُورِ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ
سورو يونس ٥٧
O humanity! Indeed, there has come to you a warning from your Lord, a cure for what is in the hearts, a guide, and a mercy for the believers.
Surah Yunus 57