Middle English (in the sense ‘living among, familiarity, intimacy’): via Old French from Latin conversatio(n- ), from the verb conversari (see converse1).
Growing up my mum would often encourage us to supplicate to God together, in my one of the church of england primary schools that I attended we would be encouraged to put our hands together and pray. I remember my Ghanian neighbour/ aunty type figure, on the mornings that she would take me to school with her own children, would always be singing praise worship songs and before we left the house she would have us pray.
As a young person I was quite talkative, but I always felt slightly self conscious praying out loud. One of my favourite times to pray out loud though would be during my mum’s annual tradition of making supplications as the new year rang in. Those times I would enjoy speaking out loud forming eloquent sentences speaking the good I wanted Allah to manifest in my life.
As I grew older, and moved away from home, and went through various different stages in my exploration of faith, in my spiritual practices, supplication and conversations with God were still an area of struggle for me. Taking part in Visionnaire, and Learning about Dream Dua with sh Muhammed Alshareef was incredibly impactful on my understanding of dua, and the importance of knowing Allah.
Imagine being invited to meet a ruler. This ruler has tons and tons of money, and controls large regions of land. The ruler has a lot of power, and upon meeting them, they tell you that you can make a request of them. What would you ask for?
Would it make sense for you to ask for a notebook, or a pen, or a piece of chocolate. It wouldn’t right?
That would be an underutilised opportunity, isn’t that right?
What about not even making a request?
Recognising that in supplicating to Allah, entering into conversation with Him, you are in front of the Rabbi-al-amin The Lord of All TheWorlds, the owner of the entire universe, the One who Provides all sustenance to all of creation, being aware that it is He who fashioned everything and is in complete control of it all. Knowing that He loves us to ask of Him, and that to ask of His abundance is recognition of His majesty, and of our complete reliance on Him, Subhanallah! It’s pretty mind-blowing stuff right?
Even further learning took place on LaYinka Sanni’s Evolve & Emerge in Ramadan course. Here I learnt about the importance of having an outcome when it comes to my relationship with my Lord, where I looked where I was at the start of the course, and where I envisioned myself being at the end of Ramadan, I learnt about embracing flexibility, and how Allah always gives us exactly what we need.
All of these learnings have come together, and this Ramadan, should I be so blessed as to meet it, and even today, as that is the day right in front of me, I want to deepen the intimacy in my conversations with my Lord. My goal this Ramadan is a deeper sense of connection with Him glorified and exalted is He.
I still need to get specific on the How’s, but the What is clear, and the Why? Because this is necessary to me. To be conscious of my full reliance on my Lord, and to be humble enough to ask Him for that Help. To regularly call on Him, and to turn to Him, it’s something that I can only do with more of.
What are your thoughts? Does any of this resonate with you, or do you see things differently? I’d love to get your take on things