Bismillahir rahmanir raheem
Ramadhan is fast approaching. Many use this as a means of detoxing themselves spiritually but what if we were to be proactive and perform that detox BEFORE Ramadhan. What if we could meet Allah swt in that blessed month with clean hearts to make the most of it?
I’ve put together 5 steps to a spiritual detox which I like to call “green juice for the soul.”
RECONNECT WITH YOUR SALAH
Whether it’s inside or outside of Ramadhan, the prayer (salah) should be a major part of your life as a Muslim. Although we may pray our salah 5 times a day, are we really present? I recently attended a salah course for complete beginners. Even though I’ve been Muslim for 4 years this year, alhamdulillah, this course reignited my love of salah and corrected the mistakes I’ve picked up. It reminded me how crucial those 5 meetings a day were with Allah swt and how nothing should come before Him. He swt created whatever it is you’re putting ahead of your obligation to stand and pray, never forget that.
PICK UP YOUR QURAN
Often we put pressure on ourselves to read the Quran from front to back as we would with any other book, but the Quran is not like any other book. No matter where you start, Allah swt has placed guidance. No matter how much or little you read, inshaAllah there will be benefit in it. Even if you start with an ayah a day, that’s something.
O mankind, there has come to you a conclusive proof from your Lord, and We have sent down to you a clear light – Surah An Nisa: 174
Even during Ramadhan, we put such immense pressure on ourselves to finish the Quran when for the rest of the year it may well be collecting dust on our bookshelves subhanAllah. Start off slowly and I assure you, you’ll feel the spiritual benefits of coming closer to Allah swt.
SPEND TIME CONTEMPLATING
Tadabbur is contemplation. We live in such a fast paced world that it’s all too easy to forget Allah swt and the favours He swt has bestowed on you. Sh. Sajid Umar (may Allah swt reward him, Ameen) always stresses the importance of contemplation especially with the Qur’an.
Even just 5 minutes a day to sit and ponder over the signs of Allah swt in everyday life will amaze you subhanAllah. How we breathe, the fact that we do so without thinking, being able to see the world around us, the beating of your own heart, la hawla quwwata illah billah (There is no power and no strength except with Allah).
And among His Signs is this, that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that you may find tranquility in them, and He has put between you affection and mercy. Verily, in that are indeed signs for a people who reflect. And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the difference of your languages and colors. Verily, in that are indeed signs for men of sound knowledge. And among His Signs is the sleepthat you take by night and by day, and your seeking of His Bounty. Verily, in that are indeed signs for a people who listen. And among His Signs is that He shows you the lightning, by way of fear and hope, and He sends down water (rain) from the sky, and therewith revives the earth after its death. Verily, in that are indeed signs for a people who understand – Surah Ar-Rum:12-24
So will you not stop and reflect?
LOOK AT THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU
A person is on the religion of his companions. Therefore let every one of you carefully consider the company he keeps – Tirmidhi
Are your friends helping you to reach Jannah? Or do you constantly engage in backbiting, criticism and idle talk? Do they invite you to pray, or encourage you to delay the prayer for worldy means? One of the things I love about my group of friends (may Allah swt reward them with jannatul firdous, Ameen) is that they encourage me in the deen. When I doubt myself they remind me that Allah swt sees and hears all and nothing happens but by His qadr.
Toxic friends lead to toxic environments. It may be hard to remove yourself from friends like these now but inshaAllah you will see a benefit. Instead of going shopping, suggest going to an Islamic talk or put money together every month to subscribe to something like Bayyinah TV and stay in together and learn as a group.
What better feeling will there be when you reach your house in Jannah inshaAllah, and the friends you loved in this world are your neighbours through the good deeds that you performed together and the mercy of Allah swt?
I plan on doing a post on how to reach Jannah with your friends which will come in a later post inshaAllah.
LOOK AT YOURSELF
We’re so good at making excuses for yourselves when it comes to not fulfilling our obligations to Allah swt. “I don’t have time to pray”, “I don’t know how to pray so I won’t do it until I learn how”, “I’ll wear hijab when I’m ready”, “I’ll break up with my girlfriend/ boyfriend when I start practicing” the list goes on and on. Don’t know you Allah swt is the owner of time and tomorrow isn’t promised?
SubhanAllah, servant of Allah, how will we all feel when Allah swt looks at us on the Day of Judgement and our excuses mean nothing? When all the evidence is laid out in front of us and we’re left speechless in front of our Creator?
Self-reflection is one of the most beautiful and beneficial elements of detoxing spiritually. It allows you to really look and critically analyse yourself, bare, no compromises, and encourages you to improve yourself. I find keeping a written record of my spiritual reflections is a great way to see where I’ve come from and where, inshaAllah, would like to end up.
We’re always talking about detoxing our bodies, how about we concentrate on detoxing our souls instead.
What tips do you have to detox your soul? Leave them in the comments below!
Christal Joan x