There is a time for most Muslims during Ramadhan when things become a little less exciting. When the body is tired and drained and the momentum begins to fade. This is the real time of benefit for Muslims during Ramadhan. This is the time when the self discipline and real change can begin and take place.
It is not easy to face another day of fasting, or to even get out of bed early to make suhoor when outside the bed, it’s cold. Every part of your body is asking for “reprieve” and being allowed to give into the most basic of needs.. that of sustenance and rest.
At Tarawih last night, it was evident the imam was very tired and it made me think to remind Muslims who are reading my blog, to remember to pray for those in leadership in the Mosques (Masjids) around the world who are especially drained at this time as they balance the extra activities at the Masjid, whilst also fasting, spending time with their family and friends and also increasing their own ibadah (worship).
Ramadhan is not called the “month of training” for no reason. Just like athletes around the world whose minds are fixed on being selected for the upcoming Olympic Games have to throw their whole selves on the line to achieve the goal.. so also.. infact how much more so should Muslims want this for their own spiritual development.
Twelve days into the fast we have completed the preliminary training. Now our bodies are adjusting/adjusted to the changes imposed .. now we can focus on acts that will increase our spiritual development. Now we should be looking for ways of increasing our giving in charity, praying, helping others, We are setting ourselves up for attitudes and actions and good habits that should continue well beyond Ramadhan.. infact should never stop. We are in a training regime that doesn’t stop with Ramadhan, but will in sha Allah continue in our lives, seen by others as part of our nature.. of who we are.
As someone said to me recently. It’s scary. When we sin, get angry, are selfish.. we can’t blame Shaytaan’s whispers any more. We now plainly see who we are inside. Our Nafs are speaking (our inner self). Those harsh words we spoke to our spouse.. they are an issue we need to deal with.. they are the part of us that is not listening to the command to “speak good or remain silent”. That desire to be always right is our nafs speaking.. and we forget the promise that “Jannah is promised to the one who gives up arguing even if they are right”.
This time of lethargy and apathy is a last ditch attempt by our nafs to still “rule our actions and reactions”.. Shaytaan doesn’t cause these thoughts and behavious, he simply whispers to them as the weaknesses that dictate who we present ourselves as t both to the world and to Allah. The Shaytaan are chained during this month helping us gain a clear awareness of who we are and what needs to be dealt with in our lives.. We have completed the days of Mercy.. now we are entering the days of forgiveness where we can lay ourselves totally open to our Lord ..
A reminder to myself first.. that these are the days where the hard work on becoming a better version of myself as a slave of Allah is being accomplished by His Mercy and Help in sha Allah. It would be easy to give up now and say it’s all too hard.. but just like an athlete.. who finds the tough training regime to difficult and misses out on the coveted goal of being selected on the Olympic Team will ultimately regret his moments of weakness and loss of stamina.. so also will we if we give up. Our goal is much greater. Allah SWT has said that Fasting is for Him.. and He will reward. What a prize!!!
Al-Bukhaari (1761) and Muslim (1946) narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah said: ‘Every deed of the son of Adam is for him except fasting; it is for Me and I shall reward for it…’”
“Only those who are patient shall receive their reward in full, without reckoning”