As we finish Ramadan it’s important that we start to reflect on the state of our relationship with Allah and what our priorities will be going forward. One of the benefits of the thirty days fast is that it helps to reshape our focus and priorities. As we go about our day to day lives, hunger and thirst is a constant reminder of our dependency on Allah.
Ramadan is a month where we become more acutely aware of our relationship with Allah and how we can improve it. But what becomes of that relationship when Ramadan ends? Where do we place reciting the Qur’an daily or praying on time on our priority list?
The harsh but honest truth is that if we are struggling to make time for things that benefit our deen and our relationship with Allah, it is because we have not prioritised it to be important. What we prioritise, we have time for and actions express priority. So whatever we give time to is an indication of what is important to us.
“If is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find excuses.” – Ryan Blair
Sift through the excuses that you give yourself. You’re not too busy. That is simply something that you tell yourself to feel better because your time is being filled by something else. Place Allah at the centre of your daily priority list and make time for your relationship with him.
Allah reminds us several times in the Qur’an to prioritise the life of the Hereafter over the life of this world.
“Know that this worldly life is no more than play and games, and boasting among you, and hoarding of money and children. It is like abundant rain that produces plants and pleases the disbelievers. But then the plants turn into useless hay, and are blown away by the wind. In the Hereafter, there is either severe retribution, or forgiveness from God and approval. This worldly life is no more than a temporary illusion.” [Quran 57:20]
Assess what you spend time on and figure out how you can slowly improve in making Allah the centre of your daily activities. Maybe you start your day with a five-minute Qur’an recitation or end it with a gratitude list and dhikr. Even if it is small, start the journey now.
“When Allah is at the centre of your priority in life, then you are at the centre of Allah’s providential care.” – Hamza Yusuf
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