Ramadan 1440 AH/2019: The Surest And Confirmed Way To Peace, By Murtadha Gusau
When we accept Allah as our creator, we open the door to happiness. We allow His blessings to shower us, as well as allow His mercy to purify us. We let Godly light breath into our soul. Allah’s mercy is the most essential part of our soul. It is the source of life. We were created with a void in our heart. That void is the knowledge and presence of Allah.
Thursday, Ramadan 4, 1440 AH (09/05/2019)
In The Name of Allah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
All good praises and adorations are due solemnly to Allah. May His peace and blessing be upon the one after whom there is no other Prophet, Muhammad Bin Abdullah, his household and the generality of his companions.
Respected brothers and sisters! If you have been alive long enough, you will hear a common phrase among people: “I have peace of mind.” When someone makes such a statement, s/he is essentially saying, I have no worries. I am content with what I have, and its in good balance. I have no enemies. I am in harmony with my family and can enjoy their privacy without outside interference.
This is peace of mind indeed, but true peace of mind and soul is contentment with the will of Allah, our creator who sends to us blessings and hardships to mould and test us. To teach us about ourselves. True peace of mind is accepting whatever Allah sends our way and enduring it with patience and thankfulness. True peace of mind comes from belief in Allah the Almighty, for without belief there can’t really be peace of mind. When we establish that connection with our creator; when we surrender to His will and realise that the greatest authority is Allah, it is then that we start to attain true peace of mind and a peaceful soul.
My beloved people! I’m going to outline a plan for you on how to achieve peace of mind both with the creator and with His creation. Both can benefit us, but one is more important. One is more everlasting. One gives true happiness to us. It revives our soul and allows it to see without worries. It allows it to live with purpose. It instills goodness in it. It causes it to be good. That is only with Allah alone.
In order to attain peace with our body and soul, one first has to accept Allah as the only authority; the only entity that rules everything that exists. We must accept Him as the ultimate power, the ultimate ruler and the ultimate purpose. One first has to establish a communication channel with Allah. We must be receptive of His commands. One must allow Allah to speak to one’s heart and accept and obey the commands received. And the first command is:
“I am your creator, the only one, believe in me without associating any partners with me.”
When we accept Allah as our creator, we open the door to happiness. We allow His blessings to shower us, as well as allow His mercy to purify us. We let Godly light breath into our soul. Allah’s mercy is the most essential part of our soul. It is the source of life. We were created with a void in our heart. That void is the knowledge and presence of Allah. When we don’t accept Him as our creator, there will always be a missing piece to the life we live. We will not have peace therefore.
After accepting Allah as the only authority, the supreme in might, the wise, we must accept His will. We have to accept the blessings that Allah sends to us, and we have to endure the hardships he sends our way. We should not mix hardships with bad. Allah does not send to us bad things. Often times, it is our actions that give life to bad things. What Allah sends to us is difficulties to enlighten us and strengthen us for the missions He has chosen for us. So accept everything that comes your way with thankfulness. Accept His will knowing that whatever comes from Allah is good and perfect. This is a crucial step to attaining peace of mind and soul. And know that whatever Allah intends for you, none can stop it from reaching you.
Live a Godly life. Put aside your pride and arrogance. Ignore the worldly pursuits that you engage in excess. Ignore competing with others in attaining wealth while your soul is deprived and ignorant of its creator. Do everything with balance. Dedicate daily time for your creator by thanking Him and worshiping him as we should.
“For verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” [Qur’an, 13:28]
Make him the centre of your life. Indeed when Allah is your centre, He makes you the centre of His attention. And when you are at the centre of Allah’s attention, greatness will surround you. You will live a fulfilling life with blessings and purpose.
Finally, work to make a living while on earth, not for forever on earth. Change your mentality on how you see this life and every negative experience you encounter. Understand that you are human. You are mortal like everyone who has passed away before you. You are not perfect. Don’t get depressed by failures; be happy that you attempted something and had an experience that others never get a chance for whatever reason, being health, leadership, money, intellect or other reasons. View and react to every experience that you encounter with thankfulness and contentment. Never view shortcomings as failures. View them as blessings and opportunities to live for the journey that is yet to come. View every shortcoming as if Allah moulding you for the greater journey that He has prepared for you.
The perfect knowledge belongs to Allah the Almighty. Our last prayer is all praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. Peace and blessing be upon our Prophet, his Family, his Companions and his Brothers till the Day of Resurrection.
We ask Allah the Most High to strengthen us in this Ramadan, accept our fasts, and reward us with His forgiveness and the highest place in Paradise. Ameen.
Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, from Okene, Kogi State, Nigeria. He can be reached via: firstname.lastname@example.org or +2348038289761.