Fasting: Your Metamorphosis

I like the idea of Ramadan being a time of change, a time of transformation to a better us as individuals and communities. Shedding our old skin can’t be easy but is essential to allow us room to grow.

In June 2013, I attended a course called ‘Fasting, your metamorphosis’ taught by Sheikh Abu Nahla and organised by Noesis Institute. They are going to hold the course again in the US and there is an online version. Sheikh Abu Nahla went through 14 concepts in relation to how fasting can help us change from one state to another.

I must have a perfectionist streak because even though I wanted to share my course notes, I felt I can never do the course justice and won’t be able to deliver the full picture. However, if the objective was to give a comprehensive course, you’re probably better off attending the course yourself ( Fasting, your metamorphosis), yes? So, a better and a far more practical objective is for me to share some of the gems I gained with the hope that you find some benefit in them and that I revise the knowledge I gained.

Build the critical skill of intention: Mean Allah and his nearness and mean the winning of the hereafter.

Intention is a choice, not a state.

Be from among the chosen who are in constant remembrance of Allah.

Aim high. If you aim low, you’ll barely achieve that aim

Taqwa is a way of becoming Rabbani.  {Unquestionably, [for] the allies of Allah there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve. Those who believed and were of people of taqwa. For them are good tidings in the worldly life and in the Hereafter. No change is there in the words of Allah . That is what the great attainment is.} 10:62-64

It is not the outer that decides kufer or Islam. It is the inner.

Tazkiya is the word that addresses the hard work of a Muslim trying to achieve purification of the nafs, elevating the nafs to mature and unite with the spiritual dimension of the soul.

Beware of distractions before Ramadan because you have No Plan. Beware of distractions after Ramadan because you Go back to old ways

Learn how to talk to yourself without negativity

Connect yo nature. Reality is made to tell you about the love and care of Allah. We lost the connection because we are so consumed with working, living in cities etc.

Heal the mind with the guidance of the Quran – read and understand

Those were my sound bites. Gems that sparkled brightest for me.

At the end of the course, there was a question that I really valued: “I do really well in Ramadan but afterwards I almost go back to my old ways. It feels like for every three steps I take forward I go back two. Is that a sign that Allah did not accept my worship in that month”. The teacher urged the student to realise that the net effect is moving forward even if it is only one step. One should not be despondent because maintaining that one step until the following Ramadan is an achievement.

I believe that giving up is one sure way of falling behind.

I conclude with a dua

يَا مُقَلِّبَ الْقُلُوبِ ثَبِّتْ قَلْبِى عَلَى دِينِكَ

Yaa Muqallibal Quloob Thabbit Qalbee ‘alaa Deenik.

O turner of the hearts (Allah, the Most High), keep our hearts firm on your religion

 

‘Fasting, your metamorphosis’  – Noesis Institute

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4 thoughts on “Fasting: Your Metamorphosis

    1. Subahanallah, the companions of the prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) would spend the 6 months following Ramadan asking Allah to accept their worship and the 6 months before the next Ramadan asking Allah to give them the life to attain the blessed month.
      May Allah bless us all with his bounties

  1. Dear sister, while I am sure your intentions Ina good and godly but you have broke a promise of not to share or post or video record or audio as well nor share is social media and or face books etc he states that in the course three times and we all agreed so I truely suggest unless u have permission from the shiekh you may be nit doing what is right while mashallah your summery is nice work yet there is few points also need corrections too so please either remove your share and commit to deal before course started and after or contact the teacher and ask his permission , it is u fair for people to pay money to attend and u give utvfree per your like with no permission for this is copy righted materials jzk

    1. Assalam alykum Abdullah,

      The original post were my own notes under the headings the teacher had taught so I thought there would be no harm in sharing those. Especially that I included a link to the online course for others to benefit.

      Following your comments I have contacted the teacher and the result is this current article.

      Jazaka Allah khair for your advice.

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