How often do we reflect on every single work of every single du’a and/or ayat of the Qur’an that we recite or memorize? How often do we try to relate these words to our own personal lives? Or, attempt to apply them to our own specific issues of our days?
I hear it time and time again from Muslim Moms; even myself, “I’m SO busy…” followed by this overwhelming guilt and embarrassment to even admit and ask “Did I just rattle off a far-off language, Arabic, and rush through the duty of certain movements? Was my prayer even accepted!? Man! My priorities are really messed up!” We start feeling the immense amount of guilt because we contemplate how short this dunya is; yet, our akhira is determined by how we practice and live in this dunya.
Profound. Deep. Sad.
BUT, the very thought of our faults gives us an opportunity to continue the conversation with ourselves, but more importantly with Allah subhanahu wa Ta’ala.
The guilt we feel is taqwa, God-consciousness. Our taqwa is beckoning us to repent genuinely and start over again. So, don’t get so down on yourself and return to your busy life depressed or angry. STOP. Pray over again, say that du’a over again, do whatever it was that you know was done incomplete, rushed, or wrong. Just Begin Over Again.
How do we start over again you may ask?
Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Raheem. In the Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.
Say these glorious words, the Opening ayat of the Opening chapter, the most perfect name for our most glorious book, the Qur’an; Surah al-Fatihah (Opening Chapter).
Think of Allah’s grandeur.
Take a deep breath.
Here your words.
Feel His presence.
Know that He Gives everything we can ever need in this world–the Glorious Qur’an; hence He and Only He is ar-Rahman, the Beneficent. To be ar-Rahman, we can easily be lost in our thoughts how awesome The Beneficent is, why Only Allah subhanahu wa Ta’ala can have this attribute. He gives us life and sustenance. He provides us guidance, advice through our perfect religion of Islam. He sent us a perfect role model, the Rasul salallahu wa alayhi wa salam so we can live our deen, way of life, according to his life. He is Most Kind and generous in ways no human being can ever be.
Then, really truly slowly contemplate and say with pride and peace…ar-Raheem. The Most Merciful, Oft-Forgiving, Gracious entity.
In addition to giving us everything, He will accept our sincere repentance for Only He knows our deepest, silent intentions to please, honor, and worship Him as He instructed us to do. However, when we don’t, Only He knows if we need His help, aid, and forgiveness. In seeking His forgiveness, we must vow (1) never to do the bad deed again, (2) feel truly sorry, and (3) ask for His mercy.
Know that He will forgive any and all our sins, except shirk, associations to other gods.
Now, that’s profound. Deep. Invigorating! Isn’t it!?
So, today, our goal is to only think, say, appreciate, contemplate, and literally slow down in the peace and blessings we gain simply by reciting the opening ayat, Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Raheem.
May we all do everything in our day In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful. Ameen.
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