Cleanse Your Soul Before Ramadan

Astronomers at the Sharjah Planetarium announced today that the first day of Ramadan for this year will be on Monday, September 1, InshaAllah.

Most of us Muslims take advantage of the blessings of Ramadan to refresh our relationship with Allah. We intend to and make great efforts to get ourselves spiritually closer to Him. We assess our lives, reflect on it, and make good changes. We work towards becoming a better person. And most importantly, we focus on pleasing Allah by worshiping Him, and seeking forgiveness for our sins.

But shouldn’t we cleanse our souls even before the advent of Ramadan itself?

We are inherently weak and helpless before Allah, and are therefore prone to committing mistakes every now and then. We are given the capability to determine the right from wrong, yet we are made susceptible to committing sins. Regarding this human nature, Allah says in the Qur’an:

“If Allah were to punish men according to what they deserve, He would not leave on the surface of the earth one single living creature: but He gives them respite for a stated term.” [35:45]

Allah doesn’t expect His believers to be free from fault and sins. Rather, He expects us to realize our mistakes, feel sorry for them, and seek forgiveness from Allah.

We pray five times a day. That in itself is a great way to ask for forgiveness for any mistake that we may have committed, whether intentionally or unintentionally, during the course of the day.

But we need to cleanse our souls; that’s where repentance comes in.

Tawbah or Repentance means seeking refuge in Allah for one’s sins. It’s an absolute commitment to refrain from committing the same mistake ever again.

“O my servants who have transgressed against their souls! Do not despair of the Mercy of Allah: for Allah forgives all sins; for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. Turn to your Lord (in repentance) and bow to His Will, before the Penalty comes upon you; after that you shall not be helped.” [39:53-54]

Repentance, however, doesn’t necessarily guarantee that a person will indeed never commit the same mistake ever again. But Allah is Most Merciful, and He has given us an entire lifetime to repent for our sins. As mentioned in the above verse from the Qur’an, a person is stripped off his privilege to repent after death.

For repentance to be accepted by Allah, one has to follow these stages:

1. Feeling of deep remorse for the sins committed; being humble enough to accept that one has wronged.

2. Abstaining not only from committing the sin again, but also from the circumstances that have lead towards committing such a sin.

3. Firmly resolving never to sin again, and making efforts to do good deeds to make up for the sin.

4. Forgiving those who provokes him/her; not blaming anyone else, but taking responsibility for own deed.

5. Surrendering to Allah and sincerely seeking for His forgiveness.

Let us repent for our mistakes and cleanse our souls, so that we may welcome the Holy month of Ramadan with pure hearts and minds. Remember also that repentance is the most noble and beloved form of obedience in the eyes of Allah. We don’t have to suffer an entire lifetime of guilt over something we have done in the past.

Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) said:

“Allah has said: O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me, and hope in Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son on Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds in the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I shall forgive you.” [Al Tirmidhi]

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14 Responses to Cleanse Your Soul Before Ramadan

  1. ummtravis says:

    assalamu alaykum sis Nadia! Beautiful post ma shaa Allah, and exactly the reminder I needed today, jazackallah khair!

    By the way… mubrook for the new look 🙂 I think the other one was prettier (colours etc) but this one is suiting the title (footprints in the sand…nice!) ma shaa Allah!

    looking forward to more 🙂

    ~ Walaikum Assalam, sister. JazackAllah Khair for your kind words.

    Yes, my former header was indeed colorful, but it failed to represent the “Walking Through” and of course, the “UAE”, hehe. The current header (as you’ve noticed, I’ve changed it again, and now includes water to add some color) represents the sand and water of the UAE plus the footprints represent “Walking Through”.

    Let’s see how long this one lasts on my blog 😀

  2. masood says:

    SubhanAllah!
    I like the following hadith:

    Allah has said: O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me, and hope in Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son on Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds in the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I shall forgive you.

    This hadith clearly tells us how merciful is our almighty Allah. InshaAllah we will make this Ramadan as pietistic as possible.

    ~ Like everyone else, we definitely aren’t perfect, and have committed mistakes every now and then. Let us take this time to reflect and seek forgiveness. We’ll make the most out of Ramadan together, InshaAllah.

  3. kashkin says:

    Beautiful post,

    Ramadan offers us a great opportunity to participate in this process of cleansing our souls but I agree it should not be just Ramadan we limit ourselves..It has to be 365 days, 24X7.

    ~ Since Ramadan is the most special month for us, I believe we should prepare to welcome it. And what better way to welcome this holy month than with a pure heart. And purity of the heart can only be achieved if we wash the sins off it by repenting to Allah.

  4. Ordinary girl says:

    May we be able to fully benefit from this coming Ramadan 🙂

    Nice header 🙂

    ~ Ameen.

    Thanks for the header compliment 🙂

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  6. Lovely post..may Allah(SWT) have mercy on us all and forgive us for our sins. Ameen.

    ~ Summa Ameen. Thanks for stopping by, sister Fariha 🙂

  7. Umm Travis says:

    assalamu alaykum

    yes i really like it with the water… perhaps try another template to match the header? everytime i see this template i expect the colourful banner 😦 hehe just my two cents

    ~ Walaikum Assalam

    I’ve played around with several templates, but always end up liking this one most. You’ll get used to this header in this template soon 😉

  8. Amir says:

    Mashallah a beautiful post, and such wonderful advice. I pray we all benefit from this Ramadan, and that we are all thankful that we have been given the opportunity to experience it, Ameen.

    ~ Ameen.

  9. Haleem says:

    Timely reminder.

  10. Mary says:

    Thank you for teaching me a bit about Ramadan!

    ~ And I’m glad you took the interest to learn about it. The only thing most non-Muslims know about Ramadan is that we don’t eat or drink anything from dawn till dusk for a complete month. But this month is really much more than just keeping away from food.

  11. UTP says:

    That is the idea I suppose…to cleanse our souls…may Allah bless us all and help us reap the benefit of the Holy Month…aameen…

    ~ Ameen.

  12. BholiBhali says:

    Most lovely and beautiful post :)))) MashAllah!!!

    This is so true, we clean our home and everything in it almost everyday, but what we really need is to clean our heart, mind and soul… InshAllah!

    Loved reading trhu it, and thanx sis for spreading your knowledge for us to learn :)) Mubarik Mahine ki Mubarik in advance to you!

    Allah forgive us all, and Is mubarik mahine ke wasile se grant every1 good health and peace of heart and mind, Ameen! :)))

  13. Mohamed says:

    Salaam to my brothers and sisters,

    The original post to this page was absolutely fantastic, very refreshing and giving some hope to all the muslims that have read this.

    I have a slight problem is that a commited a sin during Ramadan and don’t know if I can ever repay back Allah and I feel so ashamed of myself.

    As the brother who wrote the article, it is taking ownership of the sin and not blaming anybody else, which I have done, I do take ownership of this sin but I need help to find a way to ask Allah for his forgiveness.

    Can anyone shed some light and guide me?

    Hope to hear from you soon inshallah.

    Salaam

    • Amina says:

      Brother, I too am in the same position. I committed a sin during Ramadan which I immediately regretted. I realised however, that a sin is a sin whatever the month. Go about it how the above article has explained.

      The Sahaba of the Prophet (saw) upon committing a sin used to be immediately remorseful. They accepted the blame and didn’t make any excuses for what they did, repented and did extra good deeds. Follow their example insha’Allah. Allaah is most forgiving and understands we as humans often make mistakes. He will insha’Allah forgive if your repentance is genuine.

      Salaam wa rahtmatullah

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