بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Aya of the Day:
And We have certainly established you upon the earth and made for you therein ways of livelihood. Little are you grateful. [Surat al-A’raaf, 7:10]
Be grateful for your job, when many people are desperate for work. Be grateful for the livelihood that you can earn, when people in Somalia are dying of famine and drought. And remember that it is Allah who has established you on this earth, so you have a responsibility. Do not let your livelihood be only about yourself, or use your means of livelihood for the destruction of the earth and ruining people’s lives. Use a part of your livelihood at least to give back to people and to enable them to earn their livelihoods. That is one way of being grateful to Allah.
Lesson of the day: Be Easy
Islam is about being easy with others. Look at how the Prophet (pbuh) was easy with people, and made them love the deen. Allah tells us in the Qur’an:
“So by mercy from Allah , [O Muhammad], you were lenient with them. And if you had been rude [in speech] and harsh in heart, they would have disbanded from about you.” [Surat Aal-Imran, 3:159]
The Bedouin who gruffly pulled the Prophet’s (pbuh) cloak, causing him to get red marks on his shoulders was not beaten or cursed. The Prophet (pbuh) gently answered his question, and then pointed out the Bedouin’s harshness. The man who wanted to accept islam on the condition that he would be given permission to fornicate was not told to leave. But the Prophet (pbuh) responded to him in a logical way and in a way that he would understand when he asked him, “would you like it if someone fornicated with your mother? your sister? your aunt?” and the man was horrified at the thought. What is more amazing is that this character of the Prophet (pbuh) was even greater during Ramadan- he did not use fasting as an excuse to be lazy, rude or stingy. Rather he gave even more during this blessed month.
So Ramadan is the perfect opportunity to train ourselves to be easy with people. We cannot eat or drink for long hours, many of us are addicted to coffee and may get migraines due to fasting but we are forced to be patient with others in this state because we know that getting angry may invalidate our fast. So if we can be friendly, and force ourselves to smile because we know this enriches our fast, why do we not continue after Ramadan? Allah puts us in the perfect Ramadan boot camp. So the lesson today? Be gentle, be easy on people. Do it with the intention of bringing people close to God. Even if people test your patience- someone may cut you off on the road when you drive, someone may bump into you as you await the train without saying sorry- remember that you are following the footsteps of the Prophet (pbuh), you are rewarded for your effort, and if you can do it on an empty stomach, you can definitely do it after inshAllah.