Alhamdulilah, we’re at our third day of fasting, I am so grateful for how blessed and productive the past few days have been. May Allah s.w.t. continue to guide each of us. Last night, I was reading the translation of the verses that were recited during Taraweeh prayers, and one verse really struck me.
In Surah Al-Baqarah, Allah s.w.t. says: “God is near unto those who have faith, taking them out of deep darkness into the light – whereas near unto those who are bent on denying the truth are the powers of evil that take them out of the light into darkness deep: it is they who are destined for the fire, therein to abide” (2:257).
SubhanaAllah, this is such a powerful verse. I want to focus mainly on my reflections about the first part of the verse. Allah s.w.t. is saying He is close to those individuals who have faith, and can bring them into out of darkness into the light. In other words, Allah s.w.t. will guide, and show the right path to those who have faith.
The Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet S.A.W. at a time when there was a lot of darkness in society, and the Qur’an was the light, the message Prophet S.A.W. had to spread, directing people towards a brighter and proper path.
When we look at the month of Ramadan, metaphorically, Allah s.w.t. is giving those of us who have been chosen to make it to this month, a chance to come out of our darkness, into the light. It is a chance for us to get rid of our bad habits, and establish and maintain our good ones. It is a chance for us to look within ourselves and recognize the aspects of our lives that may be pulling us down, or flaws we may have developed in our character over time, and see how we can change things for the better.
Ramadan should be a time where we make it a goal for ourselves, to find our light. And how can we do that? We must be consistent in our prayer, trying to understand the Qur’an, and moving in a direction that is positive and consists of good thoughts, actions and words. We must try to strengthen our faith by learning about it.
So my advice to all of us for this Ramadan is to think about how we can find our light. We all have darkness or dark moments in our lives that we can overcome. Think about something that you feel is dark in your life, whether it’s related to your relationships, school or work life, anything, and see how you can turn it around to see it in a positive light.