ne day I was admiring a beautiful house near my sister's place.
Although I don't have any inkling whatsoever about architectural design, I do love houses, buildings and structures that reflect great creativity and genius.
I could not begin to imagine the sheer hard work the designers and architects must have put into the design.
Thomas Disch once said,
Creativity is the:
And I totally agree with Mr. Thomas here. This house I am appreciating has a perfect combination of classic, ancient and gothic with a touch of modernity in it, subhan Allah.
I chuckled at the thought of my very best effort in designing a house: a square box with a roof and chimney and a few squared windows and one door, with a sun coming out from behind it!
Got the picture?
So, obviously, I truly appreciate talents of people who can design such a strikingly beautiful house.
But then I got curious. Despite its gorgeousness and majestic outlook, the house was empty. I mean, it looked as if it had been left empty for years. The garden is full of weeds growing as tall as a 9 year old, cobwebs were everywhere, the main gate was all rusty and most windows were broken too.
The owner must have lost hundreds of thousands of his hard earned money. Poor him…
Don't I see that my beautiful religion too, has pillars and foundations of its own which I should adhere and follow?
The pillars that have been identified by my Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) about 1429 years ago, and they still hold true until today.
And he (peace be upon him) had left us these pillars for one reason- the very soil also known as life that we all stand (live) on is, yes, you got it- soft!
Soft as in unstable, risky, dangerous, uneven, unbalanced, uncertain, unsafe and could be hazardous to our lives.
And if we failed to build the right kind of pillars as the foundation to our home (a.k.a. life) here on this earth, we might just end up like that wasted house- all beautiful but of no use to anyone!
Yikes! Na`udhbillaahi min dhalik!
Surely, that is not something that we want to become, you agree?
In fact, I want to built a 'house' that I could live in happily and peacefully; where others could come visit without worrying if the roof is going to fall on them or the floor is going to suck them in. I want to build a place where people could call it a happy home and where others and I can find solace in, inshaAllah.
And as we all know, in just a few days, we shall be given a chance to strengthen the current foundation to our houses using one of the mentioned pillars- the pillar of fasting in the great month of Ramadan!
He, the Almighty has special instruction for us during this month when He said in one of His Verses,
The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the Criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, (let him fast the same) number of other days. Allah desires for you ease; He desires not hardship for you; and (He desires) that ye should complete the period, and that ye should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that peradventure ye may be thankful.
Yes, that is what we should be doing this month of Ramadan, you agree?
Thinking about this special month made me become excited suddenly. Why shouldn’t I, right? This is literally the only opportunity that I have to strengthen this one pillar as it only comes once a year and it only lasts for 30 days!
Yes, 30 days, my brothers and sisters. Only for 30 days.
And you know something else?
One of the best part of having Ramadan with us is this,
“When Ramadan comes, the gates of mercy are opened and the gates of Hell are shut, and the devils are put in chains.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Yup, all the gates of mercy are opened, my friends! Opened!
Isn't that amazing?
I began wondering, what is behind those gates of mercy. Do you wonder too, my brothers and sisters?
One thing I believe is that it contains a gazillion times of a gazillion things called mercy that we cannot imagine having, right?
Much like what the gates of banks would have what behind it. Yup, you got it. MONEY! And the gates of libraries would have books and the gates of schools would have children inside them, right?
So, I know that I must take plan my Ramadan well this year, inshaAllah as His Gate of Mercy is wide open for me, Ameen…
Here's a thought - "Plans get you into things ~
I surely do! And my dearest brothers and sisters- you know, you have to, too!
Ramadan Kareem to everyone!
TRUSTED RAMADAN SITES:
How about "Ramadan Reminders": www.RamadanReminders.com (videos)
And a planner with daily reminders of your choice: www.FastRamadan.com
A planner you can insert / change / edit whatever information according to our fancy.
And learn more how to recite & understand Quran: www.ReciteQuran.com
Give Zakat & Charity online: www.DonateToIslam.com
Taraweeh (active when Ramadan begins): www.fastramadan.com/extras/taraweeh.php
And of course - "Get Guided with. . GUIDE US TV"
Secret One: A Pillar of Faith is one of the 25 stories in Sis Zabrina’s latest Islamic Motivational book: "Life is an Open Secret: Ramadan Special"
Sis Zabrina also known as Zabrina A. Bakar, is a Life Storyteller, motivational and inspirational writer, speaker and blogger; and author and creator of National Bestseller Islamic motivational book Life Open Secret book series.
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