Being in Conversation with Allah

Conversation:
noun
a talk, especially an informal one, between two or more people, in which news and ideas are exchanged.
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

Forever and a day…

Salamu walaykum, (Allah’s peace be upon you)

It feels like ages since I’ve posted anything here, and I’m pretty sure I was sitting down to write a post last week, but I can’t find it in my drafts, and I don’t seem to have posted it, so perhaps that was a dream?

Any who, how are you?
How are you doing? What’s new in your life?

Alhamdulillah (All praise is due to Allah) I’ve been really busy, and blessed lately. You probably know by now, that I prefer it when I’m busy, and my mind is being engaged, and I’ve got to make use of my reminder app, my phone’s calendar, the calendar in my living room, and my organiser to get everything done.

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If you didn’t know…. Now you do! I’m always at my most efficient, when I’m busy, and I’m aware that every moment counts.

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Packing

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Almost finished packing!

If you know me well, you’ll know that I quite dislike packing.

Anyone who helped me move out of uni can attest to that. It’s alwayas been somewhat of a chore for me. Today I took some free time and packed. I surprisingly enjoyed it. Do you wnat to know why?

I’ll let you in on the secret. 😛

I think I normally look at packing as a chore because, well…. I’m just a bit lazy occasionally. My mindset sometimes is…. oh this is so hard- so it becomes hard. You know what i mean?

This time I was like, its Ramadan, I have a bit of time, time is a trust from my creator, so lets do something valuable with it. 😀

I made about four piles. ‘Yes!’, ‘Maybe yes’, ‘No’, and ‘No Way!’

I changed the way I pack too. I like to roll my scarves up normally, so I used the same approach with my undies. 😛

Instead of packing up all compactly, I used a technique one of my aunts told my mum about. Things I’d normally fold in to fours, I folded into twos, and spread them out. It was a lot more fun packing this way, and the end result is, one fully packed suitcase, and (me still being me, the kid who used to carry bags of junk around) one big bag of maybes to look through with my mum.

Alhamdulilah.

I never knew packing could be so easy 😀

One lesson learnt, reflected on, analysed.

Now on to the next.

take care kids 😛

Allah has made every path easy

It is not down to me to make the path difficult.

This is a lesson that I am currently learning.

Through his mercy, My creator has made it possible for me to always be able to say alhamdulilah.

So WHY shouldn’t I?

I am not aware of his plans, only He knows what they are, my job is to worship him, and strive to live with the recitation (Quran) as my guide.

Coolskies 🙂