Moving One’s Life Back Towards The Center

The center of an object experiences the least turbulence.

دخلتُ مع أبي على عبدِ اللهِ بنِ مسعودٍ فقال : أنتَ سمعتَ النبيَّ صلَّى اللهُ عليهِ وسلَّمَ يقول : الندمُ توبةٌ قال : نعم وقال مرةً : سمعتُهُ يقولُ : الندمُ توبةٌ

[‘Abdullah bin Ma’qal] entered with ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud where he stated, “You heard the Messenger of God ﷺ say, ‘remorse of a form of tawbah (repentance)’? He said, ‘yes’, and repeated it again.” Musnad Imam Ahmad.

Remorse is a kind of tawbah.

Many complain of feeling distant and detached. People look for “hocus pocus”, epiphanies, etc., to feel “spiritual” and alive.

The Prophet brought a very simple form of spirituality: discipline, consistency.

Many complain of feeling distant and detached. People look for “hocus pocus”, epiphanies, etc., to feel “spiritual” and alive.

The reason why much of this doesn’t seem to work is because of the prevailing psychology and worldview of Modernity: the ‘abd is now the Rabb, and the Rabb is now the ‘abd.

يا أَيُّهَا النّاسُ أَنتُمُ الفُقَراءُ إِلَى اللَّهِ ۖ وَاللَّهُ هُوَ الغَنِيُّ الحَميدُ
إِن يَشَأ يُذهِبكُم وَيَأتِ بِخَلقٍ جَديدٍ

“O’ people!, you are poor in comparison to God: God is Rich and Praiseworthy!” If He wills He can dispense with you and bring about a new creation. Qur’an, 35: 15-16.

We look for the flash and bang instead of the subtle, which of course is in alignment with one of Allah’s Attributes: al-Latif.

God is already there. God does not change. What needs to change is US. Whether you wake up or not to avail yourself of its benefit, Allah is there:

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ‏ يَنْزِلُ رَبُّنَا تَبَارَكَ وَتَعَالَى كُلَّ لَيْلَةٍ إِلَى السَّمَاءِ الدُّنْيَا حِينَ يَبْقَى ثُلُثُ اللَّيْلِ الآخِرُ يَقُولُ مَنْ يَدْعُونِي فَأَسْتَجِيبَ لَهُ مَنْ يَسْأَلُنِي فَأُعْطِيَهُ مَنْ يَسْتَغْفِرُنِي فَأَغْفِرَ لَهُ

“God’s Messenger ﷺ said, Our Lord, the Blessed, the Superior, comes every night down on the nearest Heaven to us when the last third of the night remains, saying: “Is there anyone to invoke Me, so that I may respond to invocation? Is there anyone to ask Me, so that I may grant him his request? Is there anyone seeking My forgiveness, so that I may forgive him?’ “

Fasting Mondays and Thurdays as a means of feeling connected!

عَنْ عَائِشَةَ، قَالَتْ كَانَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَصُومُ الاِثْنَيْنِ وَالْخَمِيسَ

“The Prophet used to fast on Mondays and Thursdays.” A’ishah, wife of the Prophet.

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