Back in my days of ignorance (my time before being close to Allah’s deen) I, like many other Muslims, experiencing the unidentified predicament of self-congratulation at the little ibadah done during the blessed month of Ramadan.
In the past, my entire year apart from Ramadan would be dedicated to seeking dunia, so I would feel satisfied with whatever little ibadah I could perform during Ramadan. It didn’t bother me much that my rituals were shallow and devoid of any sort of spirituality, so long as I tried to do what others were doing, because to me Ramadan was a tradition of rituals like any other tradition that one blindly follows.
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Don’t determine your worth by someone else’s inability to see it. Believe in the power that you hold from within you and let it pull you back up whenever you are about to fall.
Don’t evaluate your worth by your failures or by the number of times you’ve been rejected. Instead value yourself for the number of times you’ve risen up against odds.
Do not rely on your talent and intelligence alone to achieve your goals. Without hard work, patience and most importantly tawakkal (reliance on Allah) these blessings will get you only to the level where you will be working for those who might not be as talented as you are but they believed in the Power of Allah to see them through it and carried on.
Don’t just follow your dreams, chase them!
Our strength lies within our weakness.While feeling weak when we place our complete tawakkal (reliance, trust) in Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) while striving towards our goal. He (subhanahu wa ta’ala) transforms this very weakness into our strength which rejuvenates iman and gives a boost to move forward and one becomes certain that he is being taken care of by The Most Powerful, The Most Supreme.
A person blessed with hikmah does not flare-up or get enraged at others’ incitement. He might be mistaken to be the guilty one or a weakling because of his passiveness towards the outburst. Whereas, in reality he chooses to not lose his dignity by giving in to the uncalled for ill actions.
After all, It’s only wise to take control of your actions and reactions, instead of filling one’s book of records with ill deeds because of someone’s unjustified attitude.
When we don’t see our plans work the way we were anticipating; we tend to lose hope and tawakkal (trust) in Allah,The Exalted. The loss of hope eventually incites rebellion. If not nipped in the bud, this defiance can fix one for eternal destruction.
Consequently, we begin to rely on our limited perception and logic and dare to elude the commands of the Most Wise, either secretly or openly, while being heedless towards the consequences of our actions. Nonetheless, the Most Forgiving leaves the doors of repentance always open.
At this point, a true believer would reason with himself and face the situation with sabr and hikmah instead of giving in to the seemingly difficult situation. Sabr accompanied with hikmah helps one act in the right manner at the right time. It helps eliminate the negativity that has clouded one’s intellect and makes even a calamity, a rewarding experience, by the will of Allah.