The two struggles

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Life is about two struggles; the internal and the external. Anything that is worth something requires that external struggle. Fasting 16+ hour summer days while trying to be productive and polite can be hard- a struggle. But the difference between those who enjoy it and make the most of it and those who do not is the internal. If we can work at that internal peace , contentment and purpose, any external struggle is lessened.

I have found that the most productive people during Ramadan are those with a sense of purpose and calm. They have emptied their heart of attachments and ill-feelings. So very little gets in the way of what they want to get out of this month.

Ramadan is designed to teach us this. The things we have to do are hard. But we calm ourselves by reflecting on the Qur’an and understanding our purpose. We train our nafs (lower self) by giving. We seek help from the Source of all Help. And at the end of the 30 days, it is amazing what we have achieved.

This applies to almost anything. If something is important to you, you will work at it. What will get you through to the end, despite the hardships, is your internal state. InshAllah i’ll elaborate more on the internal state in another post.

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