Striving for Excellence in Taqwa & Character

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This Ramadan Muslims in the UK are fasting a long day; around 19 hours. It sounds daunting and may seem like an impossible task to some. Let me assure you that having fasted two days so far, it is manageable. From experiencing previous Ramadans I can tell you that it does get easier; the body gets used to less food and changed pattern of sleep.

Interestingly, as the physical load of food and sleep reduces I find that my soul begins to emerge and take more of a centre stage. I find that interacting more with the word of Allah, the Quran, and having those conversations with Him through more prayers, my soul feels soothed and my love and trust in Allah is building.

What an opportunity to increase also increase in dua (supplication). Talk to Allah about what is on my mind and in my heart; what’s bothering me and what is bringing me joy. I ask for patience to overcome the challenging times and acknowledge and express gratitude for the good times and blessings.

{And when my servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon me. So let them respond to me [by obedience] and believe in me that they may be [rightly] guided.} (2:186)

Remember to also ask for the goodness of this life and the after. We don’t only have needs and desires but also aspirations and ambitions.

{And among the people is he who says, “Our Lord, give us in this world,” and he will have in the Hereafter no share. But among them is he who says, “Our Lord, give us in this world [that which is] good and in the Hereafter [that which is] good and protect us from the punishment of the Fire.”} (2:200-201)

Ask, you are asking the King of Kings.

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If you are struggling in the asking or want to elevate your dua, I highly recommend Visionaire programme. It is starting soon so check it out now.

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