The very first step to getting ready for Ramadan is forming your intentions. And then it’s packing your freezer with savouries.
Because what’s the use spending hours filling savouries that is to be inhaled in 3.7 seconds if your intention isn’t correct.
Is your intention supposed to be to compete with Zora Bibi next door? No. Forget about Zora Bibi. Zora Bibi doesn’t know better. Teach Zora Bibi about correcting her intentions too.
Basically, filling pies is highly commendable if your intention is to save time for ibadah during Ramadan.
This isn’t the base of the post. It’s in here because of the consensus that seems to be going around about Muslim aunties and their freezers. And after you start helping with the savouries and realize how much of effort it takes, reading jokes about it makes you violent. Which is dangerous because we handle knives a lot.
I mean, haha. The weather bureau announced that the cold spell is caused by Muslim aunties opening their freezers to admire their stocks. Haha. Hahahwedontlaughwhenyouadmireacaryoudidntevenmakehaha.
Umar ibn Al-Khattab (رضى الله عنه) relates that he heard the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) say, “Verily actions are by intentions, and for every person is what he intended.”
Abdur-Rahman Al-Mahdi said, “If I were to write a book composed of chapters, I would place in every chapter the hadith of Umar ibn Khattab to do with ‘actions are by intentions’.”
Edit this to increase its relevancy to us. We need to acknowledge how we’re going to spend this month, how close we want to get to Allah. Enter Ramadan with zeal and zest (why does it sound like I’m talking about aromat?). Want to use these days to become a Wali of Allah
On that note, when we’re making our Niyyah, it has to be a firm resolution. Not “I’m going to finish 10 khatams in Ramdan InshaAllah” but in the deep recess of your brain, you know you have to inclination to follow through.
Also, don’t limit yourself. Don’t underestimate your potential. Allah is in charge of Night and Day. Allah gives barakah and grants ease.
On one occasion, when Hazrat Moulana Yusuf Kandhlawi (RA) gave the Jumuah Khutbah, his respected father, Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyas (RA), asked him what intention he made for the khutbah he had delivered.
Hazrat Moulana Yusuf (RA) replied that his Niyyah was to deliver the Sunnah Khutbah.
Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyas (RA) advised him thus: “Had you made the Niyyah that Allah Ta’ala conveys this message to all the people of the world, you would have then reaped so much more in Thawaab. You would have secured tremendous rewards on such a Niyyah.”
Go big or go home, right? Intend to wake up for tahajjud every morning. Intend to wake up for sehri every morning. Intend to stay away from all haraam during the day. Intend to be immersed in ibadah during the day. Intend to perform taraweeh beautifully every night. Intend to fall asleep with zikrullah on your lips every night.
Subhanallah, Allah is Most Merciful. We are not accountable for our intentions, but we are rewarded for them.
Remember, you take one step towards Allah, Allah takes ten steps towards you.
May Allah protect us all and grant us the ability to overcome our Nafs.
Love and Duas,