“Allah doesn’t have a blackberry or an iPhone, but he’s my favourite contact. He doesn’t have Facebook, but he is my best friend. he doesn’t have twitter, but i follow him & he doesn’t have internet, but i am connected to Him… sometimes the signal is weak from my part but i will never change my network provider.”—
What does Ramadhan mean and where did this word come from? The Arabic root word “Ramdha” means a very hot ground, somewhat like a desert with burning rocks and sand. It means that in this month, something is melting. The month of Ramadan is the month that our sins will God-Willing melt. Another meaning of it refers to the intense rays of the sun. This is the month that Allah, with His burning love for his creation, will lighten up the hearts of believers. Another meaning of the word “Ramdha” is the first rain of Fall, meaning after a long period of time when the air has been polluted and no rain has fallen for several months. It is then that the mercy of Allah finally pours down and cleanses everything. Since last Ramadhan, our hearts have turned into swamps of pollution. We’ve been filling our hearts with the love of everything except Allah, and this month has arrived just in time for us to wake up, cleanse our hearts, and let only our Creator enter into it.
“When I look around, I see that every person is just as lonely as the next. Our hearts are all yearning for God, but we are too scared to leave our miserable little distractions to go and seek Him.”—Maryam Z.
“Your unhappiness is polluting not only your own inner being and those around you but also the collective human psyche of which you are an inseparable part. The pollution of the planet is only an outward reflection of an inner psychic pollution: millions of unconscious individuals not taking responsibility for their inner space.”—Eckhart Tolle
How many reminders do we need to realize that the time keeps ticking on and on it’s passing by. Every time the leaves change their colours, every time the moon continues it’s cycle, every time it’s someone’s birthday, every time the sun rises again, it’s a sign of time passing, a sign of us getting another step closer to meeting our Lord.
“There are three phases of knowledge in Islam. When a Muslim has a little bit of knowledge, he or she speaks a lot. When a Muslim has increased his or her knowledge, he or she feels humble. When a Muslim has collected an abundance of knowledge, he or she is silent.”
“The Arabic term for intercession is taken from the root ‘shafa’ which means a pair. Those who have faith, piety, and perform righteous deeds will be paired with the blessings of Allah’s friends if their actions fall short on the Day of Judgment. Through this they will be saved from Allah’s wrath.”—Tafsir An-Noor, By: Muhsin Qara’ti, pg. 107
“O Allah, if I am unworthy to receive Your mercy, You are worthy of granting me of Your vast favour. O Allah, You have covered for me in this world sins which I need more to be covered in the Hereafter. O Allah, grant me to be completely devoted to You, and light our hearts’ eyes with the light of witnessing You until the hearts’ eyes penetrate the veils of light, to reach the source of greatness.”—Munajat Sha’abaniyeh
Allameh Tabatabayi had a student by the named of Sheikh Tahlili who was moving to Tehran for a while. Allameh tells him to be in the presence of Sheikh Taqi Ameli in Tehran and gain spirituality from him since he was a very learned scholar. Sheikh Tahlili obeys and attends this scholar’s sessions. Sheikh Taqi Ameli when introduced to Sheikh Tahlili says:
"If you want to go down the path of spirituality, know it’s the similitude of the difficulty of removing a mountain with your eyelashes."
[the speaker comments saying this is true since the prophet says the jihad of your nafs is the greater jihad in comparison to difficulty]
Later on, Sheikh Tahlili goes and relays this to Allameh Tabatabayi since it was a bit discouraging and made him feel hopeless. Allameh Tabatabayi responds by not saying that Sheikh Taqi Ameli was wrong, but rather:
"He is correct and it’s a difficult path. However, never forget that we are dealing with a Karim (merciful / benevolent) master."
Meaning that even though we feel so hopeless many times in trying to gain spirituality or staying away from haraam, Allah is really merciful and generous so just the smallest step we take … He will help us up 10 times more insha’Allah.