al-Hasan al-Basri:“الدُّنْيَاثَلاثَةُأَيَّامٍ : أَمَاأَمْسِفَقَدْذَهَبَبِمَافِيهِ،أَمَاغَدٌفَلَعَلَّكَلاتُدْرِكُهُ،وَالْيَوْمُلَكَفَاعْمَلْفِيهِ” — “The world is 3 days: As for yesterday, it has vanished along with all that was in it. As for tomorrow, you may never see it. As for today, it is yours, so work on it.”
It’s the 13th day of Ramadan. The 13th. It’s crazy because for some of us, this month has been great and has led to intense levels of worship and feelings of comfort, while for others, the heart has been stone cold. Do you feel this way? Do you feel like Ramadan isn’t going the way that you’d hoped? I’m here to tell you that it’s going to be okay. That if you put in the right amount of effort, God Willing your heart will open, and you’ll taste the sweetness that Ramadan brings once again. I for one feel that the less focus I put on sustaining my relationship with Allah Azwajjal, the more drawn back I am with the world around me. Yet, regardless, I know that even when I’m feeling low, the cure to my pain is to come back to Him. More so, I know that to cry with ease and feel my heart heal again, I need to turn back to Him with sincerity and hope.
In the book; A journey to God – reflections on the Hikam of Ibn Ata’Illah, he mentions some beautiful ways to engage in the path towards Allah. Essentially, how you can take your first steps to purifying your soul, and making the journey towards Allah Azwajjal beautiful. I have attached some pages from his book and hope that you will find it helpful.