A Friday Reflection shared from our Suhba Online Program with Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui.
Ramadan requires a plan.
For a sample: https://shaykhmokhtar.com/writings/commentaries/articles/ten-tombstones-of-ramadans-past
Next, I must incorporate some essential self-help principles into my plan. Without them, my plan will falter.
At the very least, I need to self-talk daily: bind my self to practicing my plan (musharata), be vigilant as I practice it (muraqaba), and hold my self to account for mis-steps (muhasaba).
All the principles involve a dialogue with my nafs — the major obstacle to my success.
I can customize these principles: a checklist; a day-plan; pair up with a spiritual buddy; or any other system.
I am not incapable. Allah has placed tremendous potential within me. I must reach for it.
If I come to Him walking, He comes to me running.
And those who strive seeking Us, We will certainly guide them to Our ways. And indeed, Allah is with those who exert to do good. (29:69)