Ramadan Reflections- We begin with Mercy
The beginning of Ramadan is mercy and our beloved prophet Muhammad peace be upon him was described as “a mercy for all of humanity”. When we reflect on the fact that he was the most “perfect example” we need to ask ourselves, “What can I learn from him” and “what can I implement in my life that I have learnt from how he, peace be upon him, lived?”.
One of the things he taught us is that, Allah shows mercy to those who show mercy. If we want God to be merciful to us, we need to show mercy to His creation- people, animals, the environment. How can we turn to God and ask for His mercy when we are the least merciful to His creation?
We should also reflect on where/how we show mercy. Do we show mercy to everyone else, except in our own homes? What will our families say about us? Do we show some groups of people mercy and others none- why? Today, we have attained whatever we have because others were merciful to us. Sometimes, we become judgemental and get onto a “moral high horse” forgetting the many mistakes we have made. Abu Darda, may Allah be pleased with him said, ” hate the sin, not the sinner” and Jesus peace be upon him reminded us, “Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone”. Instead we should remember that we all make mistakes- no one is perfect. You and I have all made mistakes and needed other people to be merciful to us. We need to return this to others, starting with ourselves, our families, our communities and the world. Today, let us focus on doing at least one good deed that reflects the characteristic of mercy.
Letter to Self # 28: Those We Ignore
Letter to the Self # 27: Destination or the Journey!
Letter to the Self # 26: Change
Letters to the Self #25: Window of Opportunity
Letters to the Self #24: More Than You Think You Are Able
Letters to the Self #23: Submission
Letter to the Self #22: Do You Have Trust Issues?
Letter to the Self #21: Possessions
Letter to the Self #20: Sacred Spaces
Letter to the Self # 19: The Big “I”
Letter to the Self # 18: Insecurities
Letter to the Self # 17: Backbiting
Letter to the Self # 16: Knowledge or Just Information?
Letter to the Self # 15: Beyond the Limited Self
Letter to the Self # 14: A Better Way
Letter to the Self # 13: The Spoken Word
Letter to the Self # 12: A Blessing or a Curse?
Letter to the Self # 11: Purpose
Letter to the Self #10: Let’s Partey
Letter to the Self #9: Looking Good
Letter to the Self #8: Worship
Letter to the Self #7: Rights of the Body
Letter to the Self#6: Time
Letter to the Self #5: Gratitude
Letter to the Self #4: Laziness