I pray that we are all having a blessed Ramadan and feeling the Power and Mercy of our Almighty Creator. SubhanAllah (Glory be to God)! Each day has been so beautiful; some days better than others but in general I am very grateful. I know many times we go into Ramadan having goals we want to accomplish on our minds. For me, it is to strengthen my Iman (Faith) hence, I needed to come up with a strategy for my mid Ramadan SPIRITUAL DETOX! I wanted to share some of these tips with you and I pray that these tips will help you. 🙂
1) DIAGNOSE YOURSELF
Yes just like a doctor gives you a diagnoses you must be willing to give yourself one. We’re in the middle of Ramadan and it’s important to ask yourself whether you’re seeing any forms of improvement. Are you feeling spiritually high or low? Have you been praying all your salat? And how’s a typical day of fasting for you? Remember fasting isn’t only about restraining ourselves from food. We must also restrain ourselves from anything which will arouse any form of negativity. So now that you’ve asked yourself these questions (and any others) we can move on to the next step.
2) QUESTION YOURSELF
It’s very important to push yourself. With difficulties comes ease. Those aren’t my words but Allah’s. Why do you find yourself not praying? Is it laziness, your environment, or maybe you need to reevaluate your priorities. This is an example of pushing yourself. To change one’s self one needs to develop or strengthen their inner will. Questioning yourself allows you to reevaluate yourself and your environment. During this Holy Month of Ramadan let’s remember that one of our ultimate goals is to become closer to God. To do this we must push ourselves to strengthen our muscle of faith.
3) PRESCRIPTION TIME
Now it’s time to cure yourself. There’s no time to waste mopping around because you’ve missed the last few Juz (parts) of the Qur’an. We’ve passed the questioning process now we want to change our circumstances so we can finish Ramadan with the best we can give. It’s time to give yourself a prescription. In your prescription make sure to give yourself the best medicine. This medicine can be a suggestion to make alternate choices. For example let’s say you love R&B and you find yourself listening to R&B most of the period when you’re fasting. You may want to try something different, so switch it up. Limit the R&B (I love R&B too I’m not coming at you) and listen to a nasheed. There are so many great groups out there such as Native Deen, Maher Zain, Sami Yusuf (I’m a bit old school) but if you pay YouTube a visit there are many newer nasheed artists who are singing or rapping positive words. Try it out and you never know you might really enjoy and appreciate it. This is an example of a prescription. Another example can be controlling what you eat after your break your fast. I know a lot of people tend to eat so much during iftar. Is it really worth it? Now when it’s time for Taraweeh prayers you can’t even stand properly because you’ve consumed so much. As the Imam recites verses from the Qur’an all you can think about is the bathroom or your overstuffed stomach. Allah doesn’t give us anything we can’t handle. I pray that with our own personal prescriptions we can move on to the next step.
4) BE AND IT IS
Now that we have our prescription we have to put our plans into action. This is when we put all our brainstorming to work. This is when as Sean T fitness trainer would say “DIG DEEPER”! We’re going into the time of Ramadan where it’s very easy to burn out if you’ve been running too fast. Breath in, Breath out and fix your pace. Look within yourself and give your action plan all you’ve got. It is very important to remember that we’re not guaranteed that we’ll make it to the next Ramadan hence, our ultimate goal should be to give as much as we can now so we can reap the benefits in the near future. COME ON DON’T GIVE UP NOW YOU CAN DO IT 🙂
WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST DURING LAYLATL QADR
As we ready our minds and souls for the last ten days of Ramadan I pray that we each will be able to strengthen our bond with Him. Let’s strive to detach ourselves from all worldly desires and focus on our one on one relationship with God. Remember as we develop and strengthen our relationship with our Creator eventually, our other relationships will also improve. I hope the above spiritual detox helps you and you’re able to strengthen your inner light.
That Black Muslim Girl