Without Gravity ... (Ramadan Countdown - 4)
Shuttles require so much force in order for them to leave earth's gravity.
But the question is: Once they're out of earths gravity, what then?
And how does this relate to Ramadan?
Gravity is the friction of Satan whispering to you, day in and day out, in
this constant war. Limiting your resources, limiting your time and limiting
In Ramadan though, the devils are chained. But is a frictionless state enough
Imagine, if you would, an object in outer space. Just an object floating
about, without propulsion, without the ability to move. There's no gravity,
but it, ironically, remains still none-the-less.
Part of the importance of taking off is creating enough momentum for this
shuttle to continue it's trajectory once it's into outer space… and yet, we
Muslims who know that we are coming up to a zero gravity space, we don't build
up that momentum before hand.
So we try to fire our engines on day one… but they're not warmed up fully, or
maybe they are, but they don't have enough fuel (coupled with a lack of
momentum) to last for 30 or so days, so a few days later, we're floating about
in outer space.
But there's more.
Gravity isn't just Satan and his minions. Friction exists within.
As the shuttle rises, it sheds weight and fuel, unable to sustain such weight
as it rises. Yet we enter into Ramadan having not shed any bad habits, having
not warmed up our muscles for the run ahead, having not emptied our diaries
for the occasion to come.
So what's the solution?
Expend 60-80% of your energy before you enter zero-gravity. Hit the floor
running as they say. Everything that you would have done in Ramadan, start
doing it now. This is energy management.
How many times do you want to have read the Quran in Ramadan? Read half of
what you would have read in Ramadan now… before Ramadan.
How many nafl (supererogatory) prayers did you want to pray in Ramadan on a
daily basis? Start now.
Start fasting Mondays and Thursdays now. It can be quite a shock on the system
to start fasting cold turkey for 30 days. Most people feel lethargic and tired
for the first few days and it's going to be more so as we fast in summer. So
get warmed up, make sure that you hit Ramadan with some of Ramadan's habits
already in play.
Do you want to give to charity this Ramadan? Start now with the intention of
warming up for Ramadan. It confuses me utterly when people withhold charity,
waiting for Ramadan. It is not the amount! It's the quality. And what
guarantee do you have that you'll live to Ramadan?
Allah will not betray you. He will open more doors of khair (goodness) for
you. He will bring you wealth just so that you can spend it. He will take
whatever wealth you have and multiply it by His Grace as per your intentions.
Stop thinking in scarcity mode. Allah is the infinite.
Source: The Ramadan Countdown – http://theramadancountdown.wordpress.com
Abdel-Rahman Mussa is an emerging Manchester based speaker. He graduated from
the European Institute for Humanitarian Studies with an undergraduate degree
in Shariah. He has strong community connections, and has served as the Head of
the Muslim Association of Britain Youth Department for 2 years and is the
chair of the biggest Muslim Scouts group in the United Kingdom.