The roots that govern all actions
Intention is the starting point of every action, every dream and everything in between. It is the creative power that fulfills all of our needs, whether for money, relationships, spiritual awakening, or love. Everything that happens in the universe begins with intention. When I decide to buy a present for a friend, prepare for Salah, visit the sick, feed the needy, or fast for Ramadan, it all starts with intention.
Our Prophet (s) said, “Allah the Most High said, ‘I am as My servant thinks (expects) I am. I am with him when he mentions Me. If he mentions Me to himself, I mention him to Myself; and if he mentions Me in an assembly, I mention him in an assembly greater than it. If he draws near to Me a hand’s length, I draw near to him an arm’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed.’” [Sahih Al-Bukhari]
This powerful statement Allah said ‘I am as My servant thinks (expects) I am’ indicates whatever intention we think our destiny is, ultimately shaped by our deepest intentions and desires towards what we think (expect) Allah to be in our lives. Powerful...right!
You are what your deepest intention is. As your intention is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.
As we prepare for Ramadan, your intention is a directed impulse of consciousness/awareness that contains the seed form of which you aim to accomplish in life. Like real seeds, intentions can’t grow and flourish without proper care and attention. The following 4 steps are prerequisites to guild you to harness the power of intention, fuel your spiritual heart, ground your will, and reap optimal reward for this coming Ramadan.
1. The Gap
Most of the time our mind is caught up in thoughts, emotions, and past memories. Beyond this noisy internal dialogue is a state of pure awareness that is sometimes referred to as “the gap.” One of the most effective tools we have for entering the gap is meditation. Meditation is an approach to training the mind by concentrating your focus on one single thing. This entails
- slowing down and following the breath,
- paying attention to your rhythmic melodious tone while reciting verses from the Quran,
- being present in the moment with the awareness that Allah is watching at all times;
- Listening attentively with care towards your children/husband/wife,
whether for Ramadan or through out the year. Meditation takes you beyond the ego-mind into the silence and stillness of pure consciousness and awareness of Allah. This is the ideal state of being in which to plant your seeds of intention. This practice is a lifelong skill, so start this coming Ramadan and continue the intention throughout the year
2. Remain in a State of Contentment
Intention is much more powerful when it comes from a place of contentment than if it arises from a sense of lack or need. Stay centered and refuse to be influenced by other people’s doubts, thoughts, or criticisms. Your higher self (Nafs (نَفْس)) knows that everything is alright and will be alright, even without knowing the timing or the details of what will happen in your life. It’s your primordial human nature (fitra (فطرة)) to effortlessly rely on Allah.
3. Detach from the Outcome
Relinquish your rigid attachment to a specific result and live in the wisdom of uncertainty. Attachment to ideas, things, or should haves are based on fear and insecurity; and may be linked to your lack of trust in the and what he planned for you in life. While detachment is based on the unquestioning belief in the power of Allah and pure joy of whatever the outcome. Intend for everything to work out as it should (in the way The Almighty deems fit for you), then let go and allow opportunities and openings to come your way. Remember Allah makes no mistakes, therefore, there are no mistakes.
4. Let Allah(God) Handle the Details
Your focused intentions set the infinite organizing power of Allah in motion. Trust that infinite organizing power of Allah to orchestrate the complete fulfillment of your intention. Don’t listen to the voice in your head that says that you have to be in charge, that obsessive vigilance is the only way to get anything done in life. The outcome that you try so hard to force may not be as good for you as the one that comes naturally. Allah the Almighty said: “And it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know.” (2:216). You have released your intentions into the fertile ground of pure potentiality, and they will bloom when the season is right.
As we prepare for Ramadan...remember, your intention are like real seeds and with proper care and attention, you will harness the power of intention, fuel your spiritual heart, ground your will, and reap optimal reward for this coming Ramadan.
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