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The Way of the Believers after Ramadan – Chapter Four

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To Seek the Aid and Power of Allah

If you strengthen yourself with Him, you then will have an invincible power, an unconquerable determination and an unsurpassed ambition.

In the end, after Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has instructed you, do you grieve for leaving the times of worship, and the noble days during which you approached and loved Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, and how you have neglected His love and decreased worshiping Him? Do you not grieve for losing the sweetness of faith and the worship you were in? No doubt, He is awaiting your return to Him; if you come near Him as little as a span, He will come to you as much as a cubit. However, you are still in laziness and remoteness from Him. You like laziness, sleep, remoteness and disinclination, and give priority to all of this over your approach to and love for Him, and feeling of the sweetness of worship and obedience, faith, approach, attachment, reassurance, confidence, turning (to Allah), reliance (on Him), and good hope in Him. How can you give priority to what is perishable?

You will have a long sleep in your grave, then, why do you sleep from today? As much as you trouble yourself in this world, you will be comfortable in the Hereafter, then, how do you hasten to receive the perishable comfort rather than the permanent comfort prepared by Allah for His righteous slaves?

Detecting in his heart the sweetness of faith, what should one do when he sees this disinclination and remoteness in his heart, and fails to restore this sweetness once again, and the lessons he sees and listens to become ineffective?

If you do not have such feeling, then, what do you do in this bad state in which you are in? How do you get rid of this weak ambition and weary determination which is apt to be blown down at the blast of the first devilish wind on you?

You could not do those deeds of the heart and physical organs unless you have an ambition too high to remove laziness and reliance on this world, along with decisiveness, determination, approach and hurry. It is this power whose aid you seek to cut off the relations and obstacles that may hinder you.

Ambition and determination stem from the power of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, and result from your becoming strong and powerful by virtue of your Lord, by whose supplies, you have come to live, proceed on, struggle, combat and strive. It is not by your weak evil-enjoining soul in so much as by the power of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. If your power is by Allah, it then will be too magnificent to enable you to defend yourself, strive against yourself, and show your Lord what you are going to do. But to rely on your weak soul, that is indeed our present state in these days.

If one relies on his weak ambition, and disintegrated determination we are suffering now, he will achieve no progress; and even every progress he achieves will be followed by recession. In this case, he should implore his Lord to strengthen his ambition, and move around in front of Him to strengthen his determination, provide him with His supplies, lead him by his hands and forelock, and he entirely belongs to Him, make his attention focused on one concern, aid him, and raise in his heart the degree of faith and good reliance on Him. No doubt, if you supplicate your Lord, by then, and implore Him to relieve you of your bad state at present and in the future, being truthful and sincere in your supplication to Him, thereby you intend the countenance of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, so that He would approach you, strengthen you, and provide for you, it is most likely that He would take you to Him, to strong ambition and truthful determination.

If Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is with you, then, who could dare to be against you?

If you become strong by means of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, then, you will have an invincible strength, an unconquerable determination, and an unsurpassed ambition. That is required from you especially in these days. That is, to strive against yourself, move around before Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, and implore Him to provide you with power, strengthen your ambition, raise your determination and take your hand. If you do so, and if your Lord knows and sees how truthful and sincere to Him you are in it, and how you grieve and like to spend in this way, whatsoever, so that He would give you, grant you, aid you and strengthen you in that, at this point, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala will not withhold anything from the person who approaches Him.

Nay! If you approach Him, He will approach you more; and if you proceed on toward Him, He will proceed on toward you more. Thus, we should promise Allah subhanahu wa ta’alaonce again to do this, and let not the day come to an end until one feels those states, and supplicates Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala to make him successful in it; and whatever time and effort he is to spend, it will be insignificant in comparison with what will be revealed to him by Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.

No doubt, the states of the believers in these days require them to revisit Ramadan before they become loose, return fast to heedlessness, and indulge in this world so much that the heart would weaken to return to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. Let it be a new beginning, with which one should not despair of the fact that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala may reveal to him, approach him, provide him from His supplies, revive him with His mercy, make him strong enough to proceed on toward Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, and make his devil, inclination and self too weak to resist the acts of worship and procession toward Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.

One may ask about the way to revisit Ramadan once again. In reply, let us tell him to return to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala one, two or even three nights, on which you prayed (in Ramadan): stand on them (at night in prayer) to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, return to your recitation of the Qur’an and finish it in three days as we have already mentioned, return to your remembrance and fixed-size portion of the Qur’anic recitation, and choose to reiterate for one, two or three days a long devotional recital of seeking forgiveness, exaltation of Allah, invoking the blessings and peace of Allah upon the Prophet ﷺ, thereby to revive your heart, reactivate your soul and approach Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala once again. Bind yourself and your heart from this moment, so that you could return to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. Finish the recitation of the Qur’an in three days, or stand (at night in payer) for three nights consecutively to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, keeping in mind that this would make you more active and strong, and provide you with supplies from Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. The devil will come to you to convince you that you are very tired and have tasks to do. But all of this would be removed from you by Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.

If you approach Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, no doubt, He will alleviate all of this from you. If you approach Him, He will approach you, provide you with His provision, aid you with His aid, and strengthen you with His power. Fear nothing. Do not feel afraid of the consequences of anything if you draw closer Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. Head toward Him these days, so that you would restore the activity of your soul and heart, revive the worship in your heart, and help your body and soul become strong enough to return to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala; it is, most likely, that you would stand straight in your states, Allah willing.

[Book: What is to be done after Ramadan? by Islamweb]

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