Alhamdulillah, it’s that time of year again. When the masajids begin to fill and there is a Ramadan spirit in the air, the seas and trees. Most of all around the Muslims. Brothers begin to talk with each other in anticipating the arrival of Ramadan. Whilst the age old mushafs’ (qurans’) laying dormant on top of selves gathering dust, are lifted off the selves and people begin recite the Quran for the next 30 days or so.
As more and more days go by and the days of Ramadan, approach like a king with it’s protocols being sent before him. The atmosphere becomes literally buzzing with anticipation and the excitement of Ramadan.
The ‘Ramadan season’ is where one can have a slight insight into the longevity and the size of the ummah. We stretch from the length and breath of the world. Wherever there is a place inhabited with people, be sure to know that there is a lover and a believer of the greatest Habib! – A Muslim
Tim seaman (an Eco-friendly individual) in his book the ‘un – winding’ mentions how he ‘found his life’ when he managed to “disconnect inorder to connect’. In his travels across the southern European countries e.g the Balkans and Spain he goes in search for a remote, desolate place which he can turn into his second home. To a place where he could unplug himself from the rat race and begin to ‘live life’. Being a journalist he highlights how intensifying the rat race was for him especially in the field of work he specialised in. That is journalism.
His searches for a second home leads him to southern Spain in a small village called vendetta.
Where, perched on a path leading to the high slopes of the mountain is a small hut. Which he ultimately ends up buying. The hut having three sides made of the usual brick work. However, the fourth side of the hut being the side of the mountain. This was perfect to what he was looking for. No artificial or technological ‘strings’ attached to the house. As the book progresses on, this special second home of his, is where the adventures begin.
The phrase which he uses ‘being able to disconnect inorder to connect’ is something which crosses all frameworks of thinking. I mean, this is also a beautiful way to express (although he says to to “disconnect inorder to connect with nature”) we as muslims can use it to mean connect with Allah. I.E disconnecting ourselves with the love of dunya inorder to connect with the love of Allah. Interestingly enough I happen to have stumbled upon this, at this time of the year! Just when Ramadan is round the corner, a god given opportunity to apply this newly acquired principle. InshaLlah just as people make new years’ resolutions, i intend to make my Ramadan resolution. Which is I will try and ‘disconnect inorder to connect’, i.e try and disconnect myself from the unnecessary interactions of the dunya like that of internet, Facebook, twitter, etc. Inorder to be able to connect with the righteous people, the awliyah, the saliheen. Spend more time in their company, try and spend more time focusing on good deeds and amaals prescribed by my shaykh. Most of all to try and connect with the love of Allah, and his beloved. Syyiduna Ali once said (paraphrased) “wisdom is the lost property of a believer, so where ever he finds it he should take it”. This is exactly what I intend to do with “being able to disconnect inorder to connect”. Disconnect with the love of dunya inorder to connect with the love of Allah… Well, I’ll try to anyway for Ramadan at least… InshaAllah!
Anticipating the arrival of Ramadan.