Ramadhan Preparation: Sacrificing for the Sake of Allah

Sacrifice

What is it that is holding you back from connecting with your creator?

Ramadhan is fast approaching and it is important that we plan for a successful month. The blessed month is all about sacrifice of halal things such as food, drink and sleep for the pleasure of Allah SWT. But what about the things that our hearts have become attached to that prevent us from worshipping Allah SWT to the best of our ability?

It is possible to spend 18 hours fasting and still feel spiritually empty because the soul is not being nourished as our heart is attached to other than Allah.

There are things in our lives we have simply convinced ourselves we cannot do without which hinders us in our worship and prevents us from forming a better relationship with Allah. For some it will be enslavement to music, entertainment, temptations, quick temper, a sharp tongue, laziness, time wasting, ego, ill speech, impatience, ingratitude, attachment to money and endless obsession over fashion. The list is endless.

Make sure to have an introspective moment with yourself before Ramadan to find out what is holding you back and make the intention that you want to sacrifice it for Allah. We need to have it in our minds that when we give things up for the sake of Allah, we do so with the conviction that he will replace it with something better.

The Messenger of Allah PBUH said,

“whosoever leaves something for the sake of Allah then Allah, the Mighty and Magnificent, will replace it with something better than it.”
-Reported by Ahmad [5/363]; saheeh

Tips and Suggestions

1. Write it down: Writing your goals down always makes it more concrete than just having it in your mind. Write down 2 or 3 things that you would like to cleanse your heart of during the month of Ramadan.

2. Think about obstacles you might face and plan ahead: This is a crucial aspect because what you want to sacrifice might be a habit that is ingrained within you, therefore it is important to think ahead in terms of obstacles you might face and have solutions ready.

3. Start making dua from now that Allah makes it easy

‘Rely on Allah more than you rely on yourself.’

This has been my motto for the past year or so, and the reason why I feel it is important is that sometimes, we overestimate our ability to achieve our goals without Allah’s help. There are instances in our lives when we seek to attain things or sacrifice things and Allah makes it easy to such an extent that we barely notice as it occurs. This only happens when we have sincere intentions and make consistent dua to Allah to assist us. So this Ramadan, make dua to Allah to help you with whatever you would like to give up for his sake.

The story of Ibrahim AS
The story of Ibrahim AS has always been inspiring for me because of the level of devotion he had towards Allah. There was nothing our dear Prophet could not sacrifice for Allah. From leaving his wife Hajar in a desert with his son Ismail, to the request of Allah to sacrifice him, it is apparent that Ibrahim’s heart was completely pure of all attachments to other than Allah. His ultimate goal was to please Allah regardless of what was requested from him. Hence he is the perfect embodiment of the subject of sacrificing for the sake of Allah.

Lesson: A lot of the time our lives are in disarray because we refuse to give things up that Allah has stipulated in the Qur’an or that the Prophet PBUH has related is bad for us. We lose sight of our goal of worshipping Allah and being slaves of Ar- Rahman.

The gates of mercy are open this Ramadhan, we just have to ask ourselves whether we want to walk through it?

May we all witness the blessed month of Ramadhan and may it be a month of acceptance of our duas and purification of our heart. Ameen.

2 thoughts on “Ramadhan Preparation: Sacrificing for the Sake of Allah

  1. Avatar Aisha says:

    Salam Alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh! Thank you for the reminder. I like the story of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) that you cited in your writing. It made me stop and reflect. I pray that Allah SWT gives us the will to be able to make sacrifice for His sake. Ramadan Mubarak! :*

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