اَلْحَمْدُ لِله رَبِّ الْعَالَمِيْنَ
“All praise is for Allah, the Lord of all the worlds” (Surah Fatiha Verse 1)
We should be thankful to Allah for everything that he has given us. And acknowledge that there is wisdom in everything that happens. A bad situation could have been worse and a good situation; well, one million sujoods in gratitude would not be enough. So we should always say, اَلْحَمْدُ لِله
اِنَّمَا الْاَعْمَالُ بِالنِّيَّاتِ وَاِنَّمَا لِكُلٍّ امْرِئٍ مَا نَوَى
“Indeed, actions are according to intentions, and for every person is what he intended” (Bukhari)
Try to make good intentions for all your actions, to make everything you do in life an ibaadat. E.g. When you eat, make the intention, “O Allah, I am consuming this food, so I can gain energy to perform your ibaadat.”
آللهُمّٓ اغْفِرْلِىْ وَارْحَمْنِىْ وَعَافِنِىْ وَاهْدِنِىْ وَارْزُقْنِيْ
“O Allah, forgive me, and have mercy on me, and grant me good health, and guide me and grant me sustenance” (Tirmidhi)
Today is the first day of Ramadan, start your month on a clean slate. Make amends with anyone you feel any negativity towards. Clean your heart spiritually.
Written by Umm Amaarah, mother of two, qualified solicitor and an Alimiyyah student.