Sunday, July 13, 2014

Calligrafist Thoughts [Day 15 | Half Way | Love | Ramadhan 2014]

With Ramadhan Being at its Half Way Point, let's truly reflect on how the first half has gone for us, how we benefited, where we can progress and what our goals and plans are to make the MOST of the remaining 15 or so days... MAN Ramadhan is Almost Finito !!!
Personally this first few weeks of Ramadhan has shown me how loving Allah is on so many levels [I'll share them later]. Anyone who really knows me, knows I think a lot and often, I think if what I can do better, what I have done right and wrong, I think of those who I have wronged and have wronged me, so on and so forth... This month only increases my thoughts, dreams and aspirations. To be honest Ramadhan allows me to put things in perspective and builds patience where it never really was. 
In these past 15 days since Ramadhan has began, I've seen growth, growth in my spiritually, mentally, artistically, my relationship with Allah has grown and growth in my Quran [being a Hafidh of Quran [one who has memorized the entire Quran] isn't easy, but Ramadhan is crucial in the upkeep of my memorization. Every Ramadhan I'm reminded of that as I lead the night prayers and the prep leading up to it.]
Everyday I've woke up unsure of what the day has in store spiritually and without fail before the day ends I see the benefit in that day... "No one day of Ramadhan is the same".

Like I told one of my friends, Allah really loves us man, sit back and think about it... it's AMAZING !

I can go on and on about how these first 15 days have effected me, being away from social media, social gatherings and "regular life" to really take time and get closer to my creator... Overall I'm looking forward to conquering new things within myself these last 15 days and I hope you are as well !

Below you can read an excerpt from one of Imam Khalid Latif's "Ramadan Reflections"...
"God is more merciful to His servants than a mother is to her child." ~ The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.
The Prophet Muhammad on numerous occasions utilized the love and affection of a mother towards her child to illustrate to his companions how much God loves and is merciful towards His creation. Once in the aftermath of a battle, he and his companions saw a mother looking for her son and witnessed her reaction after finding him. He asked them if they think this woman would ever hurt this child, literally "Do you think this woman would ever throw her child into the fire?" Their response is no, not if she has the authority and power to keep him from it. The Prophet responded that God is more merciful to His servants than a mother is to her child.
Growing up, my understanding of God was always tainted by a negative framing. Through Sunday schools and Friday sermons, I learned that God was watching me, but only later on in life I understood that God was watching over me -- two very different things. A fundamental value in Islam is Ihsaan and a definition of the word is given by the Prophet Muhammad when he is engaged by the Angel Gabriel, peace be upon him, on one instance. At that time he asks the Prophet what certain fundamental concepts in Islam mean, inclusive amongst them the word Ihsaan. In response the Prophet Muhammad says, "[Ihsaan] is to worship God as if you can see Him because although you cannot see Him, He can see you." When I was younger, my understanding of God made me understand this concept as one that told me to be careful because God is watching wherever you are. Now that I am older I understand it moreso as "Be strong and courageous, God is with you and watching wherever you are." My understanding of God has begun to be shaped more by how He describes Himself.

In a hadith Qudsi, God says "I am as My servant thinks I am." As we become more mindful and conscious in this month of Ramadan, the time is key to ask ourselves what do we really think of God. Do you conceptualize God as being the Most Merciful of all those who show mercy, even more merciful than a mother is to her child? As being the Most Gentle and the Most Compassionate? Or do you see Him as an angry, old man looking for a reason to punish? It's an important question because how you conceptualize God will dictate so many things in your life. I personally prefer the former rather than the latter. You will have to decide for yourself how you approach it.

Via - K Latif's "Ramadan Reflections" on Huffington Post

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