:bism: (In the Name of God, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful)
:sl: (Peace be upon you)
My sheikh (Islamic teacher)
used to say that we must be patient for everything and we should be patient to the last breath we take in our life. This is great wisdom, sis. If we are not patient, we cannot stand in salat (prayer)
. If we are not patient when we make dua (supplication)
, our iman (faith)
will weaken (should we then not immediately see results). See, patience is very important, sis. It is the beginning point, the middle point, and the ending point of all success in deen
, and aakhirah
If you're asking to be patient, try to see how in nature Allah has created patient creatures like the spider - it takes about one hour for the average spider to weave its elaborate web of silk called an orb web. They do so they can capture insects for food; if they weren't patient, they wouldn't be able to be masters of their own destiny in capturing their own food.
Allah has given us the means to be patient by giving us motivation in telling us that He's with the patient (Quran 2:153) and telling us that this dunya
is temporary and we should keep our gaze in the hereafter. Allah has also given us a recipe for overcoming anger and lack of energy which is to change your mindset and approach as Allah says in the Quran, "Indeed Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves." So, instead of thinking of the fast as a time in which you're depriving yourself of food and drink, think of this time as one which is enabling you to gain a connection to Allah and plan some delicious recipes or anything else you'd like for yourself and give yourself that as a reward for keeping this fast.
Since you know that hunger makes you irritable and angry, try to discover what your past triggers to anger have been in such situations and then make a firm determination to see if you can avoid your triggers and keep yourself occupied in beneficial activities of any kind whether it is watching a YouTube Islamic lecture or engaging in zikrullah (remembrance of Allah)
or helping your parents with something or maybe participating on IB.
Sis, nothing is easy except that which Allah makes easy for us out of His Infinite Mercy. If this is a particular struggle of yours, first remember to thank Allah that at least you're able to keep the fast and then supplicate to Allah (with whatever sincerity you're able to muster, and remember even an atom of sincerity is enough for Allah as Allah counts our intentions) for everything of concern including this fast to be made easy for you. Remember, sis, you're the solution to your own problem; and Allah will give you all the help you require if only you remember to use yourself as a tool to benefit yourself in the best way possible.
) Take care, lovely sis. I have every confidence in you that you can do this in the best way; now, please have some confidence in yourself. :)
:wa: (And peace be upon you)
Originally Posted by Dreamchaser