To Rejuvenate, to Practice, to Prepare
Assalamualikum WarahmatuAllahi Wabarakatuhu,
Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone to this blessed month of Ramadan. Yet another opportunity befalls upon us, an opportunity for reflection, inspiration, and growth. Following a year of life in and out of lockdown, where some of our closest family and friends have passed away or gotten sick, we’ve been selected to witness this blessed month of Ramadan, Alhamdulillah.
This blessed month was once described to me as a month-long training program. Much like in any other sport, training sessions will take place in preparation for the big game. These training sessions tend to exist in controlled environments, with an ability to navigate in a setting far away from the opposition. Ramadan is similar in how we have the ability to practice all month long, without worrying about the shaytan. This allows for a number of opportunities:
- Firstly, when we’re in these less challenging settings, we tend to achieve much more. Through this intensive month-long training, we have a chance to dedicate more time to building a better understanding of the Quran. We can develop our relationship with Allah (swt), and become more God-Conscious, in better control of our desires, and therefore start to build habits that prepare us for when training is over, and we’re back in the playing field.
- Secondly, we’re able to see how much we can achieve, how far we can go, when we’re in less challenging environments. This, in and of itself, is a form of motivation. When we’re able to see ourselves at our peaks, it gives us a taste of what it’s like to be the best version of ourselves, when we’re closest to Allah (swt). This snippet can act as a reminder for when we hit roadblocks post Ramadan. A reminder that no matter how low we go, there is always an opportunity to return.
Let us use this blessed month as an opportunity to rejuvenate, practice, and prepare for the other 11 months of the year when it’s game-time.
Mohamed Fettah is a Software Consultant by profession, and the current President of MABY. He is passionate about bringing positive change to the community through the holistic development of young men and women.