07 Jun Ramadan Day 2
Posted at 23:51h
The second day of Ramadan was infinitely better than the first. God is merciful. I was less hungry and thirsty, was able to get work done (I took the first day off), and took more opportunities to learn about my religion, about my Lord, and to exercise patience and compassion. I also got to spend time with Ali. While I hope to continue to improve with each day of Ramadan, I’m happy with the progress from Day 1 to Day 2.
I didn’t make it to the Masjid for night prayer, as I had some tasks for QuranRevolution that I had to complete. Let’s dive into my Big 3 points for the post.
Ayyat (verse) 103 of Sura Ali Imran – Translation: And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided. And remember the favor of Allah upon you – when you were enemies and He brought your hearts together and you became, by His favor, brothers. And you were on the edge of a pit of the Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus does Allah make clear to you His verses that you may be guided.
Not a whole Surah today, but a very important verse non the less. Focus on unity amongst your brotherhood of Muslims. Hold onto the rope of Allah and do not be divided. Do not create factions and sects amongst you.
My Takeaway: Often times in the Islamic community, we focus so much attention and debate on what are essentially silly things; the length of a sister’s sleeve, whether nail polish invalidated wudu, which scholar do you follow, should we eat Zabiha… the list goes on and on. We debate these topics, I think, in order to develop a hierarchy of ‘Islamicness’ or religiousity. In truth, however, it’s arrogance masking insecurity. Let us grab and hold onto the rope that is the Quran. Let us forgive ourselves and each other and come back to Allah’s guidance. See only the best in your sister, forgive your brother, and strengthen the bond of brotherhood that is Islam.
Muhammad (peace and blessings of God be upon him) said: “Whoever goes out to the masjid for no other purpose other than to learn something good or teach something good, that person gets the reward as if they performed a complete and perfected Hajj.”
My Dua for the Day
Al-Afu (the pardoner, the forgiver), forgive me, my wife, and my family of our sins. Ar-Rashid (the guide to the right path) guide us to the path which pleases you, give us energy to strive for causes which please you and benefit mankind, and ease our difficulties and stresses that might distract us from doing our best work. Ar-Razzaq (the provider, the sustainer), keep my family in good health, and allow me the strength to raise my son with purpose, a purpose which will earn your favor.
In times of distress, recite this:
la hawla wala quwwata illa billah
Translation: There is no power nor strength except through Allah.
I hope your second day was easy, that you were able to achieve what you set out to, and that Allah accepts all of your efforts and mine. Ameen.