Guess who’s coming to town?
It’s not Santa Claus.
And it’s not the president.
And while we prepare
our fridges and clothes and gifts,
the most important preparation of all
is that of the hearts.
The receptacle which awaits the noor of Ramadaan…
an annual gift from our Lord, Most High.
Physical changes –
schedules and eating habits –
are obvious enough.
But what of the internal state that no one sees?
The desires we harbour.
The thoughts we entertain.
The grudges we bear.
The negativity we allow to poison our souls,
drip by drip,
until a pool of darkness fills within us,
a shadow that clings to our spirits,
weighing us down for reasons we can never quite pinpoint.
Ramadaan is our chance to reset.
To throw off the shackles.
To proactively try to be better.
An effort made easier
because we do so in community:
We all strive.
We all try.
Even the least spiritual among us.
It’s a season of abundant blessings.
Opportunities to share what we have.
To sit in the company of the righteous,
and drink from the fountains of wisdom.
To traverse an Ocean without shores…
always there for us,
but more visible… more potent,
in this month,
the anniversary of its arrival on Earth.
take the time to sit
Soak in the silence.
Listen to your heart,
while it’s a little purer than normal –
the dust of life shaken off,
your spirit invigorated by Ramadaan’s bounty.
What does your heart say to you?
What hurt does it carry?
How can you help it to heal?
What foundations can you now build,
in this boundless little space within you,
to make your life a better place to inhabit?
Express what you must:
pour it all out;
in writing or speech or art…
whatever works best.
And then turn
to the One Who knows all that you are,
and all that you are not.
The One Who understands you better than any other.
The One Who knows
your most private thoughts,
your most difficult struggles,
your most beloved ambitions,
your dearest hopes.
The One Who has always been with you…
closer than your jugular vein.
The One Who loves for you to ask of Him.
The One Who’s always there
to hear your pleas,
to guide your heart,
to cleanse your soul.
Turn to Him in dua –
for it’s the most powerful thing you can do.
The only way to change your destiny.
in all sincerity,
before the Master –
humility laying bare your true status…
your true position
in the eyes of the One Who matters most.
The time is near…
Ramadaan is on our doorstep.
A time ripe for spring cleaning the soul.