Me and My Ramadan (Special Pandemic Edition) :Back to Basics

Hello, as some of you know that I’m a moslem and todays starts the month that is very ritual for me, which is Ramadan. It is the month where all moslems in the world fasting (and breakfasting at the end of the day) for almost a month before we reach the Eid. This month is very important for us, and for me as well, because it is like a holy month where our supplications are answered, our deeds are multiplied, and so on. It’s like the holiday sale season for a fashion lover. And I don’t want to miss it just like another month. I want to increase my faith hopefully, despite all the pandemic situations going on, I hope it doesn’t bother at all and in fact it could give me some opportunities in focusing the pray!

So what I want to achieve in this Ramadan is back to basic. I want to get back for where I belong, as a humble individual created by God and thus we have to be grateful for it. And we worship God, it is actually mere for our benefits as well. Mindfulness in Islam is called Murakabah, and it includes meditation, supplication, dzikr, and Koran recital. So far in comprehensing about mindfulness I would add breathing technique, a noting that mind is always wander, an intention to be present, but now that I combine it with religion based knowledge, that’s not all. In order to relieve our stress and anxiety we have to have someone that is powerful enough as our protector and who else if it’s not..God? The supplications (prayers), dzikrs, and Koran recital is a way of reminder that all things happened is by permission of God. So let’s say if you’re afraid of getting fired you will try to be closer to your boss, stole his heart so you could be keep as an employee, well that’s pretty much what we should do with God.. in a more divine way. We praise God, we acknowledge our past mistakes and weakness as a human, then now that God pays attention to us, we ask God anything and have faith that it will be answered in the best way possible. Yes, the best way possible, because sometimes what we ask for is not always good for us, but God knows best.

Now that is time for us to get back to basics, I mean, all this pandemic going on, what is something that could we learn from all of this? That we as humanity has crashed in so many ways. I am not being too religious or anything but what your faith you had right now, you must ever heard about the pandemic in stories of the Prophets, right? Isn’t it God’s ways to give a direct reminder that some communities just did not play with God’s rule, and God wants to weep out the communities. That is, it is our time to think that there must be reasons why these conditions occurred. It is a reminder, so let’s back to the start. Let’s say we want to correct our previous mistakes, one step at a time, and fill it with the good deeds. It is the best time. So I might not be around routinely in my blog for the next month, but I am gonna check it once a while, but wherever you are in any part of the world, I wish you for a great safety and mindful health!

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What life had taught me

These are some things that I learned so far:

  1. Forgive people’s mistake easily

Human are born with mistakes. We have flaws. And somehow we lot our ego ruins our relationship with other human by being mad to each other. Let’s be honest, aren’t we have our bigger mistake as well? And how come we ask God for forgiveness but we are unable to control ourself from being mad with other human being. God is the most Forgiven yet we are easily blame other people. Humble ourself, take easy for every other mistake, and pray God will forgive ours.

2. Organize your life

Here’s a secret of important recipe for life : Get organised. It is very simple yet essential.

Organise your study.

Organise your time.

Organise your room, or your house.

Organise your friend, best friend, good friend, special friend.

Organise your connection with God.

3. Have a purpose in everything that you are doing

Don’t let yourself be the automatic mode. Be present in whatever you are doing right now, ask yourself, what do you want to achieve with it. If you think this is useless, leave it and do other thing that encourage you with a good purpose.

Pray to God with a purpose : Today my pray will get me closer to God. Little by little, so we are in a close relationship with the Creator.

4. Take shortcomings as an experience

A new challenge is ahead of us to make us a better person. Don’t be afraid. Wholeheartedly doing it and create a solution in every challenge. Hopefully it would help us to erase our sin and be a bigger person.

5. We cant’ have everything that we dreamed of and it’s okay

Accept what we don’t have as our own struggle, instead asking for more. Embrace what we are having now. It really is okay, we have to eliminate unneeded wanted of things. If we’re getting everything that we want right now, what’s left for us in the hereafter?

5. We could do everything but we shouldn’t

Life is a test and we have to follow the rules. Pray and always search for a reminder that this world is just a test and there will be an after life. We are mostly forgot that life has its own rules. We use a people rules, such as if other people doing it then what I am doing is okay. Maybe we need to address that, maybe we’re not on the right environment. The key to change is change our environment.

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The Bases of Sins

They are pride, envy, anger, and desire.

Pride can be prevented through submission to God, envy through advice and offering it, anger through justice, and desire through devoting oneself to worship. If the base of pride falls, submission would be easy for him, if the base of envy falls, accepting advice and offering it would be easy, if the base of anger falls, justice and humility would be easy, and if the base of desire falls, patience, virtue, and worship would be easy for him. Removing mountains from their places would be easier than removing these four from whoever was afflicted with them, especially if they become solid bases, habit, and firm characteristics.

Envy in reality is a way of showing enmity toward God ; he hates the blessing of God that was granted to another human. Removing pride and envy is done through knowing God, acknowledging Him, being satisfied with Him, repenting to Him, removing all anger from his sou and knowing that it is not worthy to be angry nor seeking revenge. Whenever it feels something of anger, in exchange it will lose something from anger.

The cure to desire is true knowledge and learning that giving the soul all it desires is the greatest cause behind depriving and protecting from it is the best way to gain. The more you close to door to desires, the more you would be reaching the desires in the most perfect way.

Anger is like a lion, if its owner sets it free, it will eat him.

Desire is like a fire, if its owner starts it, it will burn him.

Pride is like fighting against a king to take his kingdom, if it not destroy you it will expel you.

Envy is like showing enmity to one who is more powerful than you.

Whoever overcomes his desire and anger, evil will depart from him and whoever’s desire and anger beat him, evil will stick to him.

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