Fast With Your Heart – Lesson One

Foodie Lesson 1 –  Special Ramadhan Series –  ‘Fast with your heart’

In the name of Allah the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy

Introduction

Allah swt owns the heart we  hold inside of us. He is the creator of it and so it belongs to Him alone. He, the Almighty, knows our heart’s condition with all its flaws and all its goodness. And He the All Knowing knows exactly what the heart needs to be pure; on the straight path of Islam, racing towards Jannah.

This is what the Quraan and Sunnah teach us. They are a prescription for our heart, a remedy to fill it with light. That is why often we find the commands of Allah such as the hijab and the acts of circumbulating the Kaaba for example are not always in cohesive with the logic of the human mind. But He is the All Wise and knows what is best for us even if we don’t have a clue about how covering ourselves or doing tawaaf might make our hearts brighter. They do. And that is a fact.

But this is the beauty of Islam. We follow our Lord because we believe Him even if we can’t understand the reason behind His orders. He is the truth. Islam is perfect and we are not. But that’s not a bad thing, Allah knowingly created us as humans with flaws. We can’t feel bogged down by the mistakes we make. The bad deeds we do may make our heart hard but there is a way back to Allah no matter how great the distance we may have put between Allah and ourselves.

Allah swt says in the Quraan  “Say,  my servants who have  harmed yourselves with your own excess. Do not despair of God’s mercy. God forgives all sins; He is truly the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful.’ (Surah Az-Zumaar).

Therefore in this series we will talk about this blessed month of fasting inshaAllah and how we can fast with our hearts so to become more spiritually attached to our Maker.

The word spiritual can often sound divine like something spooky but it simply means to have a relationship with Allah so that within ourselves we have a smile when we think of what Allah means to us.

As today’s intro has been very long I will make the lesson itself short inshaAllah.
Today is the first day of Ramadhan, a month in which a Muslim is obliged to fast. But fasting does not simply mean to stop food and drink from entering our stomach but it is to stop bad from entering our hearts. So today let’s try not to swear or speak badly of someone, or snap at someone. Let’s try to direct our minds towards remembering Allah even if it means lying down and thinking of His beautiful creation. Think of something; a bad habit or a sin we do everyday and cut it out today. Concentrate on not doing it today, then tomorrow and then the day after. Small steps can still cross great distances.

Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said
“fasting is a shield; so when one of you is fasting he should neither indulge in obscene language nor should he raise his voice in anger. If someone attacks him or insults him, let him say: “I am fasting!” (Muslim)

Oh Allah let fasting be shield for us. Let it shield our hearts from that which you do not like and let it remain on our hearts even when this beautiful month leaves us! Ameen

🌼 Happy 1st Ramadhan 🌼

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