Thursday, September 11, 2008

Ramadan 11: Repentance


I will never repent for the tragedy that occurred on September 11, 2001. Muslims should repent for the terrorism acts that day when Christians repent for the Oklahoma City bombing.

Having said that, I would ask everyone reading this to take a moment and make du'a, or say a prayer, for an easing of the pain that was caused on that day.

May the ways of hatred, intolerance, and brutality give way to The Truth.

Repentance. What is it you actually can admit to as your own personal failing? I'll tell you the easiest way to figure it out: look to what you hate in others. It's usually what you don't do well either, except you can't see it clearly. When you see it in someone else, it's like they've held a mirror up to you and you hate them for it.

Admit how you are not without sin. Admit how you wanted to do better and failed. Tell Allah that you are sorry for not living up to your potential. Empty your burdens to Allah in prayer and ask for forgiveness.

Then, don't do it again.

That's the hard part for me.

This Ramadan, we have a chance to go to Allah and improve our relationship with Him. He already knows what we've done. We ain't hidin' a thing! Like foolish children, we avoid the truth, though it's right in front of our faces. By opening up our minds, then our hearts and finally our mouths, we mature in seconds. We become closer to realizing our full potential.

For some of us, we have to admit addiction to something or someone which we have elevated to a level so high as to resemble shirk.

For some of us, we have to admit allowing others to control our life, instead of taking charge of our God-given responsibilities.

There's issues of self-loathing...

hating others...

being short-tempered...

playing the victim...

being bossy...

being lazy...

not observing our faith...

not respecting our parents...

not sharing our good fortune...

not repaying debts...

dealing in riba...

doing good deeds for self-aggrandizement, instead of for the pleasure of Allah...

wasting...

overindulging...

forgetting...

keeping the past alive, while neglecting the now...

not giving our beloved the sweetness they crave..

not giving our children the mother they need or the father they can look up to...

staying with crowds of partiers instead of removing ourselves from evil...

trying to love someone who isn't ours...

not loving Allah the most.

Which ones can you claim? Are there some I didn't list? Whatever is true for you, please don't answer within the comments section. This is not a confessional box. I only ask that you go to Allah today and lay bare your soul, which He breathed life into and only He can cleanse.

May Allah have mercy on our souls.

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