Preparing for Ramadan (IV) – 7th June 2015
The facts about the unseen related to the act of worship we are performing should be alive in our hearts. We should have belief in all the matters of the unseen related to Ramadhan, as well as hope for the reward from Allah. Mere abstinence from food and drink without faith is fruitless. This depends on how soft the heart is.
A ‘soft heart’ refers to the heart which receives information from Allah with certainty. It is as if there is a transparent barrier between him and the transparent facts. He can sense and feel Paradise and Hell.
The soft-hearted person stands in prayer feeling and knowing that he is standing in front of Allah. He knows that while he is bowing, his sins are dropping from his shoulders and this is why he prolongs it. When he prostrates he feels the closeness to Allah, so he invokes Him.
The hard-hearted person may hear about Paradise and Hell but there is a thick wall between him and it. He does not feel or sense these facts. The thick wall represents the occupation with the Dunya. Allah dispraises the hard-hearted person.
Surat Az-Zumar, Verse 22:
أَفَمَن شَرَحَ اللَّهُ صَدْرَهُ لِلْإِسْلَامِ فَهُوَ عَلَىٰ نُورٍ مِّن رَّبِّهِ ۚ فَوَيْلٌ لِّلْقَاسِيَةِ قُلُوبُهُم مِّن ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ ۚ أُولَٰئِكَ فِي ضَلَالٍ مُّبِينٍ
So is one whose breast Allah has expanded to [accept] Islam and he is upon a light from his Lord [like one whose heart rejects it]? Then woe to those whose hearts are hardened against the remembrance of Allah . Those are in manifest error.
The hard-hearted person does the actions while his heart and mind is occupied with thoughts of this world, Therefore he will not benefit from his worship.
When the believer’s heart gets diverted in prayer, he will immediately bring it back. The believer struggles to control his heart during acts of worship.
Many people receive the month of Ramadhan while their hearts are occupied with this world. This is why they don’t fast as they should. Use what Allah has given to you of provision and manage your life with it, but don’t occupy your heart with every matter of this world. Keep your heart for thinking of the Aakhirah and for doing good deeds.
Allah has given us everything in this world for a purpose. He gave us hearts to believe in a Him.
We spoil our hearts, using it for things which it wasn’t created for. We fill it with useless things and there is no place for faith. We need to receive Ramadhan with a heart purified from worldly things. If it so happened that the Dunya overcame your heart, what should you do? You should struggle hard to repel these thoughts. You need to struggle against the Shaytaan, the evil of yourself, other people, etc. This will revive your heart.
Surat Hud, Verse 123:
وَلِلَّهِ غَيْبُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَإِلَيْهِ يُرْجَعُ الْأَمْرُ كُلُّهُ فَاعْبُدْهُ وَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَيْهِ ۚ وَمَا رَبُّكَ بِغَافِلٍ عَمَّا تَعْمَلُونَ
And to Allah belong the unseen [aspects] of the heavens and the earth and to Him will be returned the matter, all of it, so worship Him and rely upon Him. And your Lord is not unaware of that which you do.
When you want to worship Allah with any act of worship, you need to rely on Him first.
Mankind in its entirety have three common characteristics: We are all in need, We are all weak, We are all incapable.
Since you are in need, rely on Allah, who is The Most Rich, to suffice you. Since you are weak, rely on Allah, who is The Most Strong, to give you strength. Since you are incapable, rely on Allah, who is The All-Able, to enable you. We have to admit our weakness.
After you finish the act of worship, ask Allah to accept it from you.
We are approaching a great, blessed month. From now we have to ask Allah to enable us to reach the month of Ramadhan and to help us benefit from it.
We are confident that our acts of worship are accepted because,
1) We think that when Allah commanded us to worship Him, we perform it out of our might and power.
2) We think that as long as Allah made it for easy for us to do the act of worship, it is accepted. This is a very serious misconception.
The Committee of Iftaa’ said that the reward of the prayer is according to how collected your heart was during it.
If we rely on Allah, we will be able to worship him in the right way and will be rewarded for it. All we need to do is rely on Him and He will help us.
3) We aren’t concerned about our Worship.
We don’t think about the prayer until the time of prayer arrives. If you are concerned, Allah will help you, guide you, and accept if from you.
The Shaytaan makes us feel that relying on Allah is very difficult, although it is very easy. Ask Allah, with your tongue and heart all the time, to help you and make you benefit from your acts of worship.